George Bello to leave Major League Soccer to play in the Bundesliga
The United States men’s national team defender is set to leave Atlanta United and join Arminia Bielefeld in Germany for a reported fee of $2 million.
Several United States men’s national team players are making the switch to Europe during the January transfer window. The latest one to head to the other side of the pond will be George Bello according to journalist Fabrizio Romano and the announcement should be official in the next couple of hours.
Another American in the Bundesliga
First it was reported that Bello was close to joining Cercle Brugge in Belgium, but the USMNT defender wanted to play in Germany. So the negotiations fell apart and Atlanta United decided to accept the $2 million offer from Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga.
Bello signed a homegrown player contract with Atlanta United in 2017, but it wasn't until the 2018 regular season that he was able to make his debut against DC United. Since then, George Bello has made 52 Major League Soccer appearances, scored three goals and provided three assists.
The 20-year-old made his debut with the United States men’s national team in January of 2021 against Trinidad and Tobago. Bello participated in the 2021 Gold Cup campaign and started in the final that the USMNT defeated the Mexican national team to lift the title.