HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on December 21, 2016.
"The Answer" is coming off perhaps his best season in MLS, scoring a career-high six goals in 21 appearances. Capable of fulfilling many roles, Peterson has best acquitted himself as a forward in his most recent seasons. He should provide solid depth for Atlanta in their inaugural season.
INTERNATIONAL: Peterson was a member of the United States Under-17 Men’s National Team that advanced to the round of 16 at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championships in Finland. Later earned a place on the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team roster for the 2005 World Youth Cup in Holland, where he featured in all four matches for the U.S. and scored the game-winning goal in the final match of the group stage against Egypt. Also traveled to Japan with the US U-23 National Team for two games in 2007.
COLLEGE: Won two National Championships with the Indiana Hoosiers in 2003 and 2004. As a freshman in 2003, Peterson scored the championship-winning goal against St. John’s to earn offensive MVP honors at the College Cup. In 2004, Peterson scored the opening goal of the College Cup final against UC-Santa Barbara as Indiana went on to win the title in penalty kicks. He was a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy award while at Indiana.