Atlanta United announced today that it has signed a short-term agreement with Noah Cope ahead of the weekend’s game against Montreal. Cobb, who has featured for Atlanta United 2 and the under-17 academy this season, has been called up from the US national under-19 team’s camp in California.
A 16-year-old defender, Cobb joined the Atlanta United academy in 2018 when he was just 12 years old. He signed with Atlanta United 2 on March 22 and will join the first team permanently as a domestic player from January 1, 2023. At USL level this season, he has started each of the team’s first five games of the season, playing 540 games. Minutes, before leaving for the Adidas Gil Cup to play for Atlanta United’s Under-17 team. There, he helped the U-17s finish second in Group H to qualify for the knockout stage. Despite missing the last three games while with the Under-17 team, Cope still ranks eighth in the USL Championship in clearance.
According to MLS rules, a club may sign a player from its affiliate company (MLS NEXT Pro or USL) with a maximum of four short-term agreements (up to four days of contracts) per season (maximum 16 days). An individual player may be included in up to four MLS League game rosters per season, however, such player may appear in no more than two MLS League matches. A single player may appear in any number of games outside the league during the terms of his four short-term agreements.