Wheeler-Omiunu Signs with Atlanta United FC

Wheeler-Omiunu Signs with Atlanta United FC

The two-time Harvard captain was a third round draft choice in January (Gil Talbot).

ATLANTA – A third round Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft selection in January, Harvard men's soccer's Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu has earned a contract with Atlanta United FC, as announced by the organization.

"Andrew has displayed a professional work rate and attitude during the first few weeks of training," Atlanta United president Darren Eales said, per the franchise's press release. "He's also shown versatility, displaying his capability to play multiple positions, further improving our depth. He's earned a spot on our roster."

A two-time first team All-Ivy League selection, Wheeler-Omiunu helped the Crimson to 10 wins in 2016, while playing in central midfield and at outside back. The two-time captain netted one goal and dished two assists on the season to finish his career with four scores and six helpers. Wheeler-Omiunu helped guide the Crimson to six shutouts during the 2016 season, including three in Ivy League play.

"This is a well-deserved accomplishment for Andrew," said Pieter Lehrer, The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer. "His development as a player while at Harvard has been tremendous. We are excited to watch him play with Atlanta United."

Wheeler-Omiunu was one of four players selected by the expansion franchise, and one of two midfielders. He was one of two Ivy Leaguers to hear his name called in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, joining Dartmouth's Stefan Cleveland.

Atlanta United FC begins its preseason schedule Feb. 11, with its regular season debut scheduled for March 5.