Player Details


Efraín Morales


6' 3"


170 lbs

Date of Birth

3.4.2004 (17)


Decatur, GA USA



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side



2020 MLS Regular Season
2020 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on Aug. 12, 2020, effective Jan. 1, 2021

The 16-year-old defender is the first player to sign from the academy’s inaugural U-12 team. Morales is the club's eighth Homegrown signing.

OUTSIDE MLS: Made four appearances with Atlanta United 2 in the USL Championship in 2020. He scored in his professional debut on Aug. 15, 2020, coming on as a substitute against Charleston Battery. Morales joined the Atlanta United Academy for its inaugural season in 2016-17, playing for the U-12s. He made 22 appearances and scored four goals. He quickly jumped age groups the following season, splitting time equally between the U-15s and U-14s and appearing in 16 matches for each team.He broke through during the 2018-19 season, where he was called-up to the U.S. U-15 National Team for camps in August 2018 and January 2019. Although he was only 14 years old at the time, Morales again jumped age groups for the USSDA 2018-19 season, joining Atlanta’s U-17s for 10 matches.

INTERNATIONAL: Was called up to the US U-15 national team for camps in August 2018 and January 2019 and was called into the most recent US U-17 national team camp last February, a key camp for the 2021 U-17 FIFA World Cup.