Atlanta United selected defender Patrick Nielsen out of Michigan State University with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
“Patrick is a player that our scouting department identified early and we are pleased to welcome him to the club,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “He is a leader in the back with a great mentality. We were able to see him at our college showcase and expect him to be a good fit in our club environment.”
Nielsen, 23, is a center back from Michigan State where he played for the last two seasons.