Atlanta United have completed the signing of 19 year old Dion Pereira from Watford today. Pereira is a technically gifted left-footed winger who has spent most of this career with Watford’s under-23 team, but has made two appearances for Watford’s senior team. He was Watford’s 2016/2017 Young Player of the Year.
According to transfermarkt.com, Pereira is an English/Portuguese dual-national, and as such would occupy an international roster spot for Atlanta United. Currently, AUFC has 10 players eligible to fill 8 international spots, so unless they trade for additional spots Pereira will likely be competing for the last available spot with Jon Gallagher and Gordon Wild. Alternatively, if any players currently holding an international spot receive their Green-card, two or possibly all three could find a place on the Senior roster. Otherwise, they will likely spend next season with Atlanta United 2 or on loan with another USL team.
The size of the transfer fee and details on Pereira’s contract have yet to be disclosed by the club. This article will be updated as that information becomes available.