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USL notes: Atlanta United 2 adds pair of international players

Jun 6, 2018; Kennesaw, GA, USA; Atlanta United fans watch their team play against the Charleston Battery at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

The USL Championship affiliate of the reigning Major League Soccer Cup champion added a little more international flavor to its roster ahead of its second season.

In the past six days, ATL UTD 2 has announced the signings of defender Wesly Decas and midfielder Laurence Wyke.

Decas, 19, joins Atlanta on loan with an option to buy from Costa Rican side FC Moravia. The Honduran defender has been with Moravia since 2017 and was loaned to clubs in Mexico and Portugal in the past. A centerback, Decas also featured for the Honduran youth national team, representing the U-20 side in Concacaf and World Cup contests in 2017 and 2018.

“We are excited to work with Wesly and continue his development, which has been fantastic to this point,” ATL UTD 2 head coach Stephen Glass said in a statement. “He mirrors the club’s profile and we expect him to fit in nicely with the group.”

Wyke, 22, is a bit more familiar with the U.S. soccer scene after playing his college ball at Furman in South Carolina. A native of Bolton, England, the 6-foot-1 midfielder was named Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2017 after notching nine goals and four assists. In 2018, he helped Furman win the SoCon championship and advance to the NCAA tournament.

“Laurence is a great addition to our team,” Glass said. “He assembled a very successful collegiate career, and now we look forward him taking the next step at the professional level.”

ATL UTD 2 will begin its second USL season March 9 against Hartford Athletic at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

Championship

  • Orange County SC announced the signing of English midfielder Liam Trotter on Tuesday. The 30-year-old central midfielder comes to the U.S. after a lengthy career in England, where he played for various clubs in the country’s second and third tiers, totaling 373 appearances, 43 goals and 33 assists. Most of his time was spent with Millwall FC (163 games), Bolton Wanderers (73 games) and AFC Wimbledon (70 games).
  • The Charlotte Independence added to its back line Tuesday, when the club announced the signing of Abdoulie Mansally for the 2019 season. A 30-year-old defender, Mansally spent 11 seasons in MLS, where he appeared in 179 matches across all competitions for the New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo, tallying 13 goals and 13 assists. He spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons playing for clubs in Finland.
  • On Friday, Charlotte announced it signed veteran MLS forward Dominic Oduro to a contract for the 2019 season. Oduro, 33, played for eight different clubs across 12 seasons in MLS, racking up 89 goals and 41 assists in 396 appearances.

League One

  • The Richmond Kickers re-signed defender Conor Shanosky for the 2019 season. The 27-year-old began his pro soccer career with D.C. United as a homegrown in 2010, but has been playing for the Kickers off and on since 2013.

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