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How could Atlanta United use a three-man backline?

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Monday said the team will spend part of its training camp working on using a three-man backline. The formation, which typically includes three central defenders, five midfielders and two strikers, was used by Atlanta United a few times last season, notably against Orlando City.  But it’s a departure from the 4-3-3, or 4-2-3-1, that the team used...
Why will Atlanta United train some in Florida?

Why will Atlanta United train some in Florida?

Atlanta United will leave its $60 million training facility in six days and continue its preseason training in  Florida for several reasons. The first is the most obvious. “Look at the weather,” Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said on Monday. The team opened its second training camp on Monday amidst gray skies and intermittent rain showers. Because the team will spend a lot of...
Atlanta United makes roster news on first day of camp

Atlanta United makes roster news on first day of camp

It was only the first day of training camp, but Atlanta United took several steps to shape its roster. Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra provided several updates as Atlanta United opened camp for its second season on Monday at the team’s training facility in Marietta. Every player with the exception of newly acquired Ezequiel Barco arrived on Monday. Work is being done on his P1 Visa...
Carmona expected to stay with Atlanta United

Carmona expected to stay with Atlanta United

Refuting numerous reports out of Chile, and sending fans of Colo-Colo into an uproar on social media, Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said on Monday that Carlos Carmona remains under contract and is expected to be with the MLS team for the season. Carmona, a native of Chile, has been a target for Colo-Colo, also based in Chile, for the past few weeks. “You hear rumors all...
Atlanta United secures green card for Villalba

Atlanta United secures green card for Villalba

Atlanta United has secured a U.S green card for Argentinian Hector Villalba, a move that opens one of the valuable International slots on the roster. The midfielder scored 13 goals and added 11 assists during the team’s inaugural season. The team secured green cards for several players last season, including Chris McCann (Ireland) and Kevin Kratz (Germany). The team hasn’t released its...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: August

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: August

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule, continuing with August : But first, recaps: May.  June. Now, on to August: Last year’s record: 20-5-9, first in the Eastern Conference, Supporters Shield winners and MLS Cup champs. Last year’s meetings: A pair of 2-2 draws. The first came on April 8 at BMO Field with Hector Villalba scoring two goals and on Oct. 22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Atlanta United: Five things to watch in training camp

Atlanta United: Five things to watch in training camp

Atlanta United opens its second training camp on Monday with a big, welcomed red-and-black target on its back. After becoming the first MLS expansion team since Seattle in 2009 to reach the playoffs last year, President Darren Eales, Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and manager Gerardo Martino orchestrated two potentially league-altering deals in the offseason in an attempt to make the Five Stripes...
So, how did Atlanta United land Ezequiel Barco?

So, how did Atlanta United land Ezequiel Barco?

The paperwork was approved by MLS around 1:45 p.m., just as the second round of the SuperDraft was starting in the Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. With that, after five months of negotiations, Atlanta United signed Ezequiel Barco, set a new record for an MLS transfer and wrapped up what club president Darren Eales described as the toughest deal he’s ever...
Atlanta United 2 learns its 2018 schedule

Atlanta United 2 learns its 2018 schedule

Atlanta United 2, the USL affiliate of Atlanta United, will open its season against the New York Red Bulls 2 on March 24 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.  Here is the full 2018 schedule for ATL UTD 2:   March 24, vs. New York Red Bulls II March 31, at Charlotte Independence April 8, vs. Penn FC April 21, vs. Louisville City FC April 24, vs. Charleston Battery April 28, at Pittsburgh Riverhounds...
Atlanta United draft has global feel

Atlanta United draft has global feel

Ireland. England. Germany. For the second consecutive year, Atlanta United’s picks in the MLS SuperDraft had a cosmopolitan feel.  After striking gold last year with the selection of Germany native Julian Gressel, who became the league’s  Rookie of the Year, Atlanta United selected players with similar backgrounds and experience levels as Gressel on Friday in Philadelphia. With...
10 quick facts about Atlanta United’s draft picks

10 quick facts about Atlanta United’s draft picks

Here are 10 quick facts about Jon Gallagher, Oliver Shannon and Gordon Wild, who were selected by Atlanta United in the first two rounds of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft. 1. A native of Ireland, the “gh” in Gallagher’s last name are silent. So, it’s pronounced “Gallaher.” 2. Gallagher’s favorite player is another Irishman, former Manchester...
Signing Barco good for Atlanta United and MLS, said Eales

Signing Barco good for Atlanta United and MLS, said Eales

Atlanta United acquired Argentinian midfielder Ezequiel Barco in what reportedly is the largest transfer in MLS history. Barco, 18, left Independiente in Argentina and will join the Five Stripes in a deal that reportedly will cost $15 million. Atlanta United President Darren Eales wouldn’t confirm the fee, but said the numbers are “in the ballpark.” The previous transfer record...
Atlanta United adds players from Clemson, Maryland

Atlanta United adds players from Clemson, Maryland

With their first and second picks in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft, Atlanta United selected Clemson midfielder Oliver Shannon and Maryland forward Gordon Wild. Shannon, a native of Liverpool, Eng., scored 13 goals and notched 17 assists in four seasons with the Tigers. Shannon thanked his mom, who he said he lost two years ago to a brain tumor. Wild, a native of Leonberg, Germany, scored...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s Jon Gallagher

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s Jon Gallagher

In this episode of the podcast Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson interviews Atlanta United draft pick Jon Gallagher, who gets some advice on his upcoming rookie season from Julian Gressel, the reigning MLS Rookie of the Year. PAST EPISODES
Atlanta United selects Notre Dame forward in MLS draft

Atlanta United selects Notre Dame forward in MLS draft

Atlanta United selected Notre Dame midfielder/forward Jon Gallagher with the 14th pick in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft. Gallagher, a native of Ireland, scored 39 goals and notched 15 assists in four years with the Irish. Among his accolades are: second-team All-American in 2017, ACC offensive player of the year in 2016, ACC All-Freshman team in 2016. “I’d like to thank Atlanta United...
Atlanta United’s historic first season capped as Darren Eales named MLS Executive of the Year

Atlanta United’s historic first season capped as Darren Eales named MLS Executive of the Year

Atlanta United President Darren Eales was named the MLS Executive of the Year on Thursday, reflecting the expansion team’s success on and off the field in its first season.  “It’s a big thank you for the work that all of our staff has done in putting together Atlanta United, what Arthur (Blank) has done as an owner in terms of the commitment and vision he’s had, and the...
Can Atlanta United strike gold again in MLS draft?

Can Atlanta United strike gold again in MLS draft?

Atlanta United has different needs but the same goals when it participates in its second MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Philadelphia. Instead of having two picks in the top 10 as it did last year in Los Angeles, Atlanta United won’t pick until 14th on Friday. It will also have the 13th and 14th picks in the second round and the first pick in the fourth round. The probability won’t be as great...
Is $15 million a lot for Atlanta United to pay for Barco?

Is $15 million a lot for Atlanta United to pay for Barco?

While $15 million – the record amount Atlanta United reportedly will pay for Argentinian midfielder Ezequiel Barco – may cause a bit of sticker shock in MLS, in world soccer it’s not that much money to pay for potential. During the currently open winter transfer window, a few players have been transferred in exchange for totals higher than $15 million. However, Barco’s...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Last year’s record: 11-10-13, seventh place in the Western Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 3-0 on Sept. 10 in the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scored the first goal, Josef Martinez the second and Greg Garza the third. Coach: Oscar Pareja. Cristian Colman: The 23-year-old forward scored two goals in 26 appearances last season. Carlos Gruezo...
Atlanta United MLS SuperDraft primer

Atlanta United MLS SuperDraft primer

Atlanta United will participate in the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia. Here’s the 411, as the kids say, on the draft: Where: Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. When: Friday. How does it work? The first two rounds of the draft will take place Friday. Rounds 3 and 4 will be held Sunday. When will Atlanta United pick? The Five Stripes have the 14th pick in the first round...
Barco’s agent says he’s bound for Atlanta United

Barco’s agent says he’s bound for Atlanta United

Ezequiel Barco’s agent has confirmed that the player will join Atlanta United. The website Marca.com reported the news on Sunday. Atlanta United officials declined to comment. Barco, 18, is considered one of the top young talents in the world. He plays attacking midfielder for Independiente in Argentina. The agent said the transfer fee from Atlanta United to Independiente is $15 million. Barco...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: July

Last year’s record: 11-10-13, seventh place in the Western Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 3-0 on Sept. 10 in the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez scored the first goal, Josef Martinez the second and Greg Garza the third. Coach: Oscar Pareja. Cristian Colman: The 23-year-old forward scored two goals in 26 appearances last season. Carlos Gruezo...
Atlanta United 2’s first game will be March 24

Atlanta United 2’s first game will be March 24

Atlanta United 2, Atlanta United’s affiliate in the USL, will open its inaugural season hosting New York Red Bulls II on March 24 at Coolray Field on Lawrenceville. The team’s remaining 33 games will be announced next week, according to the league. Atlanta United is off that weekend, so ATL UTD 2 could feature a strong lineup for its first game. It may be a coincidence, but Atlanta United...
Southern Fried Soccer: The impact of signing Barco

Southern Fried Soccer: The impact of signing Barco

In this episode of the podcast Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson discusses the impact of Atlanta United signing Ezequiel Barco. PREVIOUS EPISODES
Atlanta United 2 will play in USL Eastern Conference

Atlanta United 2 will play in USL Eastern Conference

Atlanta United 2 will play in the USL Eastern Conference alongside 15 other regional teams, according to a release from the conference on Friday. ATL UTD 2 will play 34 games in the upcoming season, which will begin in March. The team will play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. ATL UTD 2 Charleston Battery Charlotte Independence FC Cincinnati Indy Eleven Louisville City FC Nashville SC New York Red...
Atlanta United 2 hires its first coach

Atlanta United 2 hires its first coach

Scott Donnelly will be the first coach of Atlanta United 2, the USL affiliate of MLS club Atlanta United. Donnelly was an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 men’s national team and a technical advisor for northeast region of the United States Soccer Federation. ATL UTD 2 will play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Donnelly’s career includes stops as an assistant at Washington...
Atlanta United may finally have Barco

Atlanta United may finally have Barco

The second-longest soap opera in MLS -- behind only a franchise possibly starting in Miami -- may finally be coming to a close. According to various reports in South America, Atlanta United and Independiente have agreed to a transfer of Ezequiel Barco, an 18-year-old midfielder who is considered one of the world’s top young talents. The agreement, if done, ends a courtship that has been ongoing...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: June

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: June

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule, continuing with : But first, recaps: May.  - Last year’s record: 11-14-9, eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Last year’s meetings: The teams tied 2-2 on Aug. 26 at Talen Energy Stadium and Atlanta United won 3-0 Sept. 27 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Coach: Jim Curtin. Alejandro Bedoya: The 30-year-old midfielder had two goals and four...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: May

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: May

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule, continuing with May: Here’s March and here’s April. - Last year’s record: 16-11-7, third place in the Eastern Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 4-0 on March 18 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on two goals from Josef Martinez, an own-goal by Chicago and Hector Villalba. Chicago won 2-0 at Toyota Park on June 10 on goals...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: April

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: April

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: April. Here’s March. Last year’s record: 10-18-6, ninth in Western Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 6-1 at TCF Bank Stadium on March 12 on a hat-trick by Josef Martinez. Minnesota United won 3-2 on Oct. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Goals by Hector Villalba and Julian Gressel were offset by Abu Danladi, Christian...
Atlanta United will open for 70,000 four times in 2018

Atlanta United will open for 70,000 four times in 2018

Atlanta United will open its third level, which will expand capacity to approximately 70,000 for four games next season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: March 11 vs. D.C. United; June 30 vs. Orlando; July 15 vs. Seattle; Sept. 22 vs. Real Salt Lake. Atlanta United led MLS in average attendance last season (48,200) and set numerous league records, including single-game attendance in the regular season (71...
Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: March

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule: March

Breaking down Atlanta United’s schedule month by month. Let’s start with March: Last year’s record: 13-10-11, fourth in the Western Conference. Last year’s meetings: Atlanta United won 4-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on May 20 on three goals from Miguel Almiron and another by Julian Gressel. Coach: Wilmer Cabrera, 13-10-11 with the Dynamo. Alberth Elis: The 21-year-old forward scored...
Atlanta United unveils USL team name, crest

Atlanta United unveils USL team name, crest

Atlanta United 2, or ATL UTD 2 for short, is the name of Atlanta United’s USL affiliate team that will play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. The name was chosen “after a fair amount of research” because it reflects the “one-club” feel that Atlanta United wants its players and supporters to feel, as well as the hope that the USL team will serve as a developmental path...
Alan Green won’t return to Atlanta United TV booth

Alan Green won’t return to Atlanta United TV booth

Alan Green won’t serve as Atlanta United’s TV analyst on regional broadcasts in the coming season. Atlanta United confirmed Tuesday what was posted on social media earlier in the day. Sixteen of the team’s 34 games in the 2018 season will be broadcast nationally. The MLS team said it will announce its TV and radio broadcast teams for the coming season in the coming weeks...
Rating Atlanta United rumors

Rating Atlanta United rumors

It’s time for a new feature because I’ve reached the end of my rope with rumors involving either potential or soon-to-be-ex Atlanta United players. Carlos Carmona to Colo-Colo. This one originated last year, was debunked, but popped back up again this weekend. The report says that Carmona would return to his native Chile and would be introduced by Colo-Colo on Monday.  Carmona, a...
Falcons help Atlanta United win bet with LAFC

Falcons help Atlanta United win bet with LAFC

Atlanta United and LAFC won’t play until April 7 when they will meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But the Five Stripes have already notched a victory over the expansion team by virtue of the Falcons’ 26-13 win over the Rams in the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Before the American football teams met at L.A. Coliseum, LAFC proposed a bet with Atlanta United over the result: Atlanta United&rsquo...
Wynalda credits Silverbacks for strengthening his platform for U.S. soccer

Wynalda credits Silverbacks for strengthening his platform for U.S. soccer

Eric Wynalda believes his time spent with the Atlanta Silverbacks in leadership roles from 2012-14 are why his platform as a candidate for U.S. Soccer Federation president is strong. “What is the country asking for right now?” he said. “Someone with an ability to assess problems, make adjustments, hire a coach, and have success.” Wynalda’s work with the Silverbacks, who...
Five fun facts about Atlanta United’s schedule

Five fun facts about Atlanta United’s schedule

Five fun facts about Atlanta United’s 2018 schedule: This is a compliment. The World Cup final will be played between, I’m guessing Iceland and Nigeria, on July 15. As the dessert, Fox will broadcast Atlanta United vs. Seattle at 2 p.m. This is a valuable platform for MLS to try to lure those fans who love soccer but don’t appreciate the league. Atlanta United’s style of play...
5 MLS games I’m excited to watch this season

5 MLS games I’m excited to watch this season

After sharing the five Atlanta United games I’m excited to watch this upcoming season, here are five MLS games not involving Atlanta United that I’m excited to watch: Minnesota United at Columbus Crew, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m. Assuming Columbus is bizarrely bound for Austin, what kind of send-off will the front office and players receive in this, their final regular season game at MAPFRE...
5 Atlanta United games I’m excited to watch

5 Atlanta United games I’m excited to watch

Here are the five Atlanta United games I’m most interested in watching this upcoming season following the release of the 2018 MLS schedule on Thursday: March 11 vs. D.C. United: The Five Stripes couldn’t solve the puzzle that was D.C. United last season, falling to the Gridlocks three times. If it didn’t cost the team nine points, and the second seed in the playoffs, it would have...
Atlanta United 2018 schedule is out and TV is happy

Atlanta United 2018 schedule is out and TV is happy

Atlanta United will have 16 games nationally televised in its next MLS season, tied for the most in the league, according to a copy of the schedule released by the league Thursday. The Five Stripes became the first expansion team since Seattle in 2009 to advance to the playoffs in its inaugural season. The team, led by manager Gerardo Martino, scored the second-most goals (70) in the league, but lost...
Date of Atlanta’s MLS All-Star game announced

Date of Atlanta’s MLS All-Star game announced

The MLS All-Star Game will be held at Atlanta United’s home of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 1. The rest of the league’s regular-season schedule will be unveiled at 2 p.m. The All-Star game opponent has yet to be named. The game will be televised on ESPN, UniMas, UDN, TSN, TVA Sports and to more than 170 countries. Atlanta United led MLS in average and total attendance last season, setting...
Asad! Barco! Atlanta United news cycle rolls on

Asad! Barco! Atlanta United news cycle rolls on

Atlanta United is in the South American news cycle more than, well, whatever typically dominates the South American news cycle. Two reports on Monday have kept a weeks-long trend going, mostly fueled by the prolonged saga that is the team’s alleged pursuit of 18-year-old midfielder Ezequiel Barco. In the first, the publication Clarin said Argentinian club Independiente has turned down yet another...
Atlanta United blog: My 10 favorite goals

Atlanta United blog: My 10 favorite goals

While Atlanta United has been relatively quiet, other than Barco watch, I thought I’d put together a list of 10 favorite goals from the team’s inaugural season. Here goes: Tyrone Mears’ header. The fullback’s only goal for Atlanta United saved a point for Atlanta United on a disappointing road trip. A long cross from Julian Gressel was palmed away, but right to Mears, whose...
Way-too-early World Cup capsules: Brazil

Way-too-early World Cup capsules: Brazil

Brazil FIFA rank: 2. Coach: Tite. Previous appearances: 20 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). Best finish: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).  Nickname: Canarinho. Top goal-scorer during qualification: Gabriel Jesus, Paulinho, Neymar (6). Goals scored/allowed during qualification: 41/11. World Cup...
Atlanta United to open 2018 season on road

Atlanta United to open 2018 season on road

Atlanta United will open the 2018 season on the road at the Houston Dynamo and play it’s home opener against D.C. United, the team announced Tuesday. Atlanta United will play Houston at 3:30 p.m. March 3 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The first and only meeting between the teams was on May 20 when Atlanta United won 4-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium during its inaugural season. Last season, the Dynamo...
Q&A: Atlanta United’s Darlington Nagbe, part 2

Q&A: Atlanta United’s Darlington Nagbe, part 2

Here’s the second part of an exclusive interview with Atlanta United’s Darlington Nagbe. The interview was conducted Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Part I posted earlier today. Q: Have you spoken with any Atlanta United teammates or manager Gerardo Martino yet? A: I haven’t spoken with Martino yet but a couple of Atlanta United players reached out and welcomed me to the team. Q...
Q&A: Atlanta United’s Darlington Nagbe, part I

Q&A: Atlanta United’s Darlington Nagbe, part I

Here’s the first half of an exclusive interview with Atlanta United’s Darlington Nagbe. It was conducted Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Q: Did you want to leave Portland? A: Yes. Q: Why? A: I had a good relationship with Caleb (Porter). I met him when I was 17. He’s been my coach ever since. I had been there a while. Atlanta’s a perfect fit, so why not? Q: Just looking for...
Atlanta United was Nagbe’s No. 1 choice

Atlanta United was Nagbe’s No. 1 choice

Darlington Nagbe was told a private jet was coming to pick him up in Cleveland and take him to Atlanta to join his new team, Atlanta United. The impact didn’t hit Nagbe until the jet rolled down the runway. Nagbe was told that he was going to take part in a meet-and-greet for Atlanta United fans at the team store at Mercedes-Benz Stadium soon after the jet touched down. Despite just a day&rsquo...
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