Atlanta United announced on Wednesday the signing of veteran midfielder Jacob Peterson to a multiyear contract, making him the second free agent to sign with the club ahead of the club's 2017 inaugural season.
Peterson, who is coming off of a career-high six goals in 2016 for Sporting Kansas City, will provide a wealth of experience for the expansion side as he has 246 appearances over an 11-year career in MLS.
“We set clear goals during this offseason to add league experience in key areas,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said in a statement released by the club. “Jacob is another player who’s enjoyed a long and productive career in MLS and we’re pleased that he’s decided to sign with our club.”
In addition to his experience, the 30-year-old Peterson, known around the league for his work rate and adaptability, will provide a versatile option in attack for Gerardo Martino’s expansion side. Peterson registered 13 goals and seven assists in 108 appearances over five seasons with Sporting KC, reaching the playoffs every year of his time there and winning the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup twice, in 2012 and 2015, and an MLS Cup in 2013.
“His work rate and versatility stood out to us from the beginning,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said. “Coupled with his extensive experience, Jacob also brings a great attitude to work every day and it will be a positive addition to the locker room.”
Before plying his trade in Kansas City, Peterson played in Colorado, Toronto and San Jose.