HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown player on Jun. 17, 2017 to begin on Jan. 1, 2018.
Bello, a 17-year-old left back from Douglasville, Ga., started the 2018 season with Atlanta United 2, but was brought up to the first team later in the campaign and made his MLS debut on Sept. 2 vs. D.C. United. He earned his first start 20 days later against Real Salt Lake and scored his first career goal against the New England Revolution on Oct. 6, becoming the sixth-youngest goal scorer in league history.
ACADEMY: In 2016, he competed with the Atlanta United U-15s, making 20 appearances with 19 starts. He was named the 2016-17 East Conference U15/16 Player of the Year. He also featured for the U-16 and U-18 teams.
INTERNATIONAL: He’s spent the majority of his career on the U.S. Youth National Circuit, currently playing for both the U-16s and U15s. In April, Bello was a part of the U-15 squad that won the prestigious Torneo Delle Nazioni. The U.S. won all four matches he started, including the championship against England.