Atlanta United acquires U.S. youth international Vazquez

USA's Brandon Vazquez (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Croatia in a FIFA U-17 World Cup match on October 20, 2015, in Vina del Mar, Chile. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- Atlanta United announced Friday that it has acquired United States youth international forward Brandon Vazquez from Mexico’s Club Tijuana.

The 18-year-old forward made one first-team appearance for the Xolos, coming on as 59th-minute substitute in a 1-1 draw with Lobos BUAP in a 2016 Copa MX Apertura match on August 17, 2016.

“Brandon has the natural goal scoring ability you look for in young forwards,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said. “He’ll have every opportunity to contribute to our first team and to develop and progress with the national team.”

Vazquez didn’t get on the scoresheet in four games at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. In the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, however, he netted twice in two matches, striking in a 2-2 draw with Croatia and a 4-1 loss to host Chile.

This year with the U.S. U19s, Vazquez has already scored four goals, including the game-winner against Spain in the 2016 COTIF Tournament.