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Atlanta United SuperDraft pick Tristan Trager signs contract following Secretary of Defense approval

Chris Smith
Trager is looking forward to a long and successful career with Atlanta United. Image via Tristan Trager's Twitter account (@Trager_Tristan)
Trager is looking forward to a long and successful career with Atlanta United. Image via Tristan Trager's Twitter account (@Trager_Tristan) /
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Exclusive - Atlanta United SuperDraft pick Tristan Trager has finally signed his contract with the club's USL team, ATLUTD 2, following approval from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), sources tell 90min.

Trager was selected 19th in Round Two and 47th overall in the MLS SuperDraft back in January after scoring 28 goals and setting up another 13 in 44 starts across four years in college. In his senior year, Trager won the WAC Offensive Player of the Year award.

Before joining up with the Five Stripes, Trager first needed to complete his graduation from the USAFA and fulfill some service commitments.

A source close to the player has informed 90min that Trager signed his contract with ATLUTD 2 on Saturday. The 22-year-old forward has been given approval by the Secretary of Defense to delay his service commitments in the United States Air Force to pursue a career in soccer. Trager will meet his military commitments after his professional soccer career.

Trager is set to travel to Atlanta straight after his graduation from college on Wednesday, May 25.

“I was just really excited, it’s the kind of day you dream of as a kid," he recalled of being picked by the Five Stripes in an exclusive interview with 90min in January. "I didn’t know when I was going to get picked, but I got to experience that with some of my teammates and best friends. I was just really blessed and excited that Atlanta United took the opportunity to pick me.”

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