On September 22, 2018, against Real Salt Lake, George Bello becomes the 8th youngest player to start in Major League Soccer. He is 16 years and 243 days old, just one day shy of equaling Santino Quaranta of D.C United. Bello was born in Nigeria but moved to the U.S. at a young age and joined the Atlanta United Academy in 2016. A year later, on June 17, 2017, Atlanta United signed Bello on to a contract as a homegrown player beginning Jan. 1st. Bello’s impressive display for the academy, Atlanta United II and the national youth teams have caught the attention of Everton and Premier League Champions Manchester City, according to a Calciomercato report.
Bello made his MLS start in the left-back role in a 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake, helping Atlanta United to their eighth clean sheet of the season. Bello played 73 minutes before being substituted off to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
He heard the love in the stadium… 🙌
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 23, 2018
— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) September 22, 2018
Bello had 83% passing accuracy and 100% tackle completion, won 6 duels and completed a dribble. This bright young talent has much to look forward to. He has the potential to break records and can place himself among the greatest players in the MLS.