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Few more details about Atlanta United’s USL team

Atlanta United answered a few more questions Thursday about its USL affiliate that will play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville in 2018. Really, it seems like there are many details still being worked out. Q. How will the field be configured?  A. See attached diagram. As you’ll see, the fans will be right on top of the pitch. Grass will be placed over the infield dirt for each game. Q. ...
Atlanta United awarded MLS Goal and Save of the Year

Atlanta United awarded MLS Goal and Save of the Year

Atlanta United had the Major League Soccer’s best goal and best save. Quite a combination. Tito Villalba was awarded the Goal of the Year and Brad Guzan was awarded Save of the Year, the MLS announced Wednesday. Villalba scored with a right-footed blast from 30 yards outs for a the game-winner against Orlando City SC on July 21. The match was tied 0-0 at the time of the dramatic goal and helped...
Atlanta United will launch USL team in Gwinnett

Atlanta United will launch USL team in Gwinnett

Atlanta United will launch a United Soccer League team that will play at Coolray Field in Gwinnett in 2018. This ends Atlanta United’s two-year partnership with the Charleston Battery. The affiliate team’s name, crest and jerseys will be unveiled at a later date. A manager hasn’t been named. The USL team will give some of Atlanta United’s Homegrown and others who need experience...
Atlanta United’s Almiron tops list of MLS jerseys sold

Atlanta United’s Almiron tops list of MLS jerseys sold

Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron had the best-selling jersey in MLS this season, according to information released by the league Friday. The Five Stripes placed five players on the Top 25 list of most jerseys sold from Jan. 1 through the regular season. Seattle topped the list with six players. The totals include home and away jerseys. The league didn’t include sales totals. The four other...
Georgia Tech injury report for Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech injury report for Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech (4-4, 3-3 ACC) may have at least one key player back from injury for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Safety A.J. Gray is listed as probable in the team’s injury report released on Thursday, and linebacker Brant Mitchell is listed as questionable. Both missed last week’s loss at Virginia with lower body injuries. Gray, a junior...
Georgia Tech not giving up on scheduling 12th game

Georgia Tech not giving up on scheduling 12th game

Georgia Tech is still trying to schedule a 12th football game, but options are limited, according to Mark Rountree, deputy athletic director and football administrator for the Yellow Jackets. The team was left with 11 games after the Sept. 16 contest at Central Florida was cancelled because of the effects of Hurricane Irma. The 12th game could be scheduled for Dec. 2, which is when many conferences...
Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez finishes 4th in MLS award

Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez finishes 4th in MLS award

Atlanta United’s Leandro Gonzalez Pirez finished fourth in the voting for MLS Defender of the Year. Sporting KC’s Ike Opara was named the winner on Thursday. Gonzalez Pirez, a native of Argentina, started 32 games and scored one goal with three assists. He finished with 66 tackles and a tackle success rate of 83.5 percent. He led the league in interceptions (98). He was part of a...
A few questions about Atlanta United and USL

A few questions about Atlanta United and USL

Atlanta United is reportedly interested in launching its own USL team. The team has declined to comment on the report, but it also hasn’t said if it is renewing its relationship with Charleston, its USL affiliate for the past two years. Here’s a quick primer on the USL: It’s the United Soccer League. It is the second division of professional soccer in the U.S. Teams play a 32-game...
Atlanta United’s Gressel named MLS Rookie of the Year

Atlanta United’s Gressel named MLS Rookie of the Year

Atlanta United’s Julian Gressel was named the MLS Rookie of the Year on Wednesday, running away with the voting. Gressel, 23, scored five goals and had nine assists in 32 appearances. Gressel believes he won because of his versatility and his production. He was used by manager Gerardo Martino in all three positions in central midfield as well as striker, right midfielder and right wingback. ...
6 things Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson said Tuesday

6 things Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson said Tuesday

Six  things of note said by Georgia Tech (4-4, 3-3 ACC) coach Paul Johnson on Tuesday following last week’s 40-36 loss at Virginia and ahead of Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “I’m really disappointed in last week’s game. Thought we had a lot of opportunities to win the game. The other team made plays in the end when they needed...
Who will win MLS Rookie of the Year?

Who will win MLS Rookie of the Year?

MLS will announce its Rookie of the Year on Wednesday. The three finalists are: Atlanta United’s Julian Gressel; Philadelphia’s Jack Elliott; Minnesota United’s Abu Danladi. This really shouldn’t be a contest because: Gressel, 23, scored five goals and had nine assists in 32 appearances, which included 24 starts. The eighth pick in the Super Draft was used by Gerardo Martino...
Rain didn’t help Georgia Tech’s passing

Rain didn’t help Georgia Tech’s passing

TaQuon Marshall’s poor passing in Saturday’s 40-36 loss at Virginia can be partially explained by the rainy conditions, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said on Monday. Marshall completed just 6 of 22 passes and was intercepted twice. He wasn’t helped by an offensive line that gave up five sacks, and the rain. “I think he’s got small hands and when the ball’s wet...
Johnson said entire team at fault for loss at Virginia

Johnson said entire team at fault for loss at Virginia

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said his team needs to improve its finishing in a testy post-practice press conference on Monday. After the passing game struggled, the special teams allowed a touchdown and botched a kickoff, and the defense gave up a late scoring drive, Johnson said the entire team was at fault for Saturday’s 40-36 loss at Virginia. The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 3-3) will host Virginia...
MLS blog: Glancing at the Eastern finalists

MLS blog: Glancing at the Eastern finalists

MLS is down to its Final Four following Sunday’s results. Your conference finalists are: Houston, which dispatched top-seeded Portland, vs. Seattle, which thumped Vancouver, in the West. Columbus, which held off NYCFC, vs. Toronto, which did everything it could to lose, but pushed away New York Red Bulls, in the East. The first legs of the conference finals will be Nov. 21. The second leg in...
Atlanta United blog: Why selling Almiron could forever change MLS

Atlanta United blog: Why selling Almiron could forever change MLS

If you’ve missed the latest rumors involving Atlanta United players, supposedly Newcastle has joined Arsenal in pursuing Five Stripes midfielder Miguel Almiron. Frankly, I’m exposed to more soccer-transfer gossip in five seconds of looking at Twitter than other kinds of gossip from my teenage daughter and her friend on the 10-minute ride home from school. But the transfer fee that Atlanta...
Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United’s roster

Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United’s roster

In this episode of the podcast Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com preview what Atlanta United’s roster may look like next season. Here’s the review of this season’s roster. Atlanta United beat writer Doug Roberson offers you a unique behind-the-scenes look at Atlanta United and MLS. You&rsquo...
Atlanta United: Three questions for the offseason

Atlanta United: Three questions for the offseason

Atlanta United’s offseason began sooner than expected following last week’s loss to Columbus in the first round of the MLS playoffs. Now, a crucial offseason begins in the club’s quest to improve on its record (15-9-10) and fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The next 2-1/2 months shouldn’t be as hectic as the same period last year when the team was putting the finishing...
Atlanta United: Three things that didn’t go quite as well

Atlanta United: Three things that didn’t go quite as well

For all of the successes that Atlanta United experienced this season, there were also a few hiccups. The team couldn’t do anything about the construction delays of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It made the best of playing its first home games at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Those were issues that the team couldn’t improve no matter how well it played in becoming the first MLS expansion...
Southern Fried Soccer: Reviewing Atlanta United’s roster

Southern Fried Soccer: Reviewing Atlanta United’s roster

In this episode of Southern Fried Soccer, which can be found on I-Tunes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com review Atlanta United’s roster after its inaugural year. Atlanta United beat writer Doug Roberson offers you a unique behind-the-scenes look at Atlanta United and MLS. You’ll find more on myAJC.com.
Atlanta United dominates MLS awards finalists

Atlanta United dominates MLS awards finalists

Atlanta United placed five finalists, more than any other team,  for the MLS end-of-season awards, according to a list released by the league on Tuesday. The five finalists are: Coach of the year: Manager Gerardo Martino, who guided the Five Stripes to a 15-9-10 record and the playoffs. They were the first MLS expansion team since Seattle in 2009 to make the playoffs in their first year. The...
How many $2 hot dogs have been bought by Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s first 1 million fans?

How many $2 hot dogs have been bought by Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s first 1 million fans?

Exactly two months after its opening, Mercedes-Benz Stadium surpassed 1 million in total attendance, according to stadium officials. The milestone was reached at Thursday night’s Atlanta United playoff match.  And how many of the stadium’s famous $2 hot dogs have the first 1 million-plus fans consumed? Exactly 304,674, according to stadium officials.  Here’s some other...
After elimination, what’s next for Atlanta United?

After elimination, what’s next for Atlanta United?

Atlanta United’s players obviously were disappointed after Thursday’s loss to Columbus in a penalty-kick shootout in the MLS playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Though it can be difficult to enjoy sustained success in MLS because of its parity-focused rules, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino and the players are focused on creating sustained success. “Our commitment...
Atlanta United players send messages to fans after elimination

Atlanta United players send messages to fans after elimination

After a loss to Columbus Crew on Thursday night and elimination from the 2017 MLS World Cup, Atlanta United players took to social media to say “thank you” to fans. In their first season as a club, Atlanta United finished the regular season with 15 wins, nine losses and 10 draws, fourth-best in the Eastern Conference. Here’s what the players had to say after Atlanta United...
A giddy Atlanta United season ends the way Atlanta seasons do

A giddy Atlanta United season ends the way Atlanta seasons do

Well, Atlanta United is an Atlanta team. And when it’s playoff time, what do Atlanta teams do? Um … what’s the opposite of Rising Up? Yes, this is harsh. When a team is ousted in a shootout, that team has reason to curse the fates. But United can also blame itself for even having to play this match. Had it not conceded a late Toronto goal on Sunday, it would have had a bye into...
Atlanta United gets support from other pro franchises

Atlanta United gets support from other pro franchises

The Atlanta United got well wishes from the other professional sports team in the city before their playoff game Thursday. In a knock-out round playoff game against the Columbus Crew, support for Atlanta United came from the Braves, Falcons and Hawks.
Atlanta United says making MLS playoffs not enough

Atlanta United says making MLS playoffs not enough

Gerardo Martino purses his lips and bobs his head backward. It looks as if someone just asked him why he likes Rosario Central, the rival to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys. This goes on for a few seconds as he starts to shake his head no. He stops. And then starts again. Finally, he answers the question: Atlanta United’s goal before the season was to make the playoffs. Now that the...
Atlanta United’s road to the MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s road to the MLS playoffs

Here are 12 moments that shaped Atlanta United’s season, which will continue Thursday against Columbus in the first round of the MLS playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: The atmosphere. Walking to Bobby Dodd Stadium for Atlanta United’s first game, it was difficult not to be struck by how emotionally invested the team’s supporters were in the club. The tailgating area near The Varsity...
The 12 moments that shaped Atlanta United’s season

The 12 moments that shaped Atlanta United’s season

Here are 12 moments that shaped Atlanta United’s season, which will continue Thursday against Columbus in the first round of the MLS playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: The atmosphere. Walking to Bobby Dodd Stadium for Atlanta United’s first game, it was difficult not to be struck by how emotionally invested the team’s supporters were in the club. The tailgating area near The Varsity...
More than just a dumb, Atlanta United tattoo

More than just a dumb, Atlanta United tattoo

Sam Jones might think his Atlanta United inspired tattoo is dumb, but it’s changing lives. The idea of getting a tattoo first came to Jones, an Atlanta United supporter and writer for Dirty South Soccer, during the ecstasy of an Atlanta United match in September. The team hosted the Montreal Impact, and Jones stood in the supporters section anxiously waiting, as he had been all season, for ...
Atlanta United takes town to different kind of postseason

Atlanta United takes town to different kind of postseason

It is time, Atlanta, to learn the ways of a very different postseason. Any playoff is an adventure, especially to those who follow the oft-bleak fortunes of the local franchises. But this one has a particularly foreign feel. Some would even call it a little bit exotic. Welcome to the foie gras of playoffs. Goal aggregate? Who decides anything important by goal aggregate? What language is that? But...
Atlanta United’s Parkhurst will be game-time decision

Atlanta United’s Parkhurst will be game-time decision

Whether Michael Parkhurst will be in the starting lineup in Thursday’s playoff game against Columbus likely will be a game-time decision, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said Tuesday. Parkhurst sustained a twisted knee in the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto. The team captain, Parkhurst started 33 of the team’s 34 league games. He said he was OK in the locker...
Atlanta’s love of soccer rewarded with 2018 MLS All-Star game

Atlanta’s love of soccer rewarded with 2018 MLS All-Star game

Atlanta’s affection for soccer received another bump on top of Atlanta United’s success with Monday’s announcement that the city, the team and Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the 2018 MLS All-Star game. “I don’t think we have to worry about selling out the stadium for the All-Star game,” Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank said. “Our Atlanta United franchise...
Mercedes-Benz open to full capacity for MLS playoff game

Mercedes-Benz open to full capacity for MLS playoff game

Atlanta United will have a chance to break an attendance record for the second time in five days because the upper deck of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open for the team’s MLS playoff game against Columbus on Thursday. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2. The Five Stripes broke their own MLS attendance record in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto with 71,874 tickets...
Faith, hope and Atlanta United

Faith, hope and Atlanta United

Josh Proctor never was a soccer fan. Like most southerners, he preferred football to fútbol. Sure, his children played in soccer leagues and he even coached some youth teams, but Proctor never was all in.  In March, a cousin by marriage, Stefan McDonald, who was a “founding member” ticket buyer of Atlanta United, invited Proctor to the team’s first match inside Bobby...
Q&A: Atlanta United’s Chris McCann

Q&A: Atlanta United’s Chris McCann

Atlanta United midfielder/fullback Chris McCann answered a few questions after Monday’s training session and before Thursday’s playoff game against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Q. What has been the key to being able to defeat Columbus twice already heading into this playoff game? A. I think it’s just the amount of work we do behind the scenes. Tata (manager Gerardo Martino)...
Atlanta United’s Almiron says Arsenal, Inter Milan interest is rumor

Atlanta United’s Almiron says Arsenal, Inter Milan interest is rumor

Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron described reported interest from Arsenal and Inter Milan as “rumors” on Monday. “I think it’s an honor that big European clubs have noticed me, but as far as I know they are all rumors,” he said. “There’s nothing concrete. I’m just focused on Atlanta and trying to improve every day.” Atlanta United...
Atlanta United breaks more attendance records

Atlanta United breaks more attendance records

Atlanta United’s game against Toronto on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium had the third-largest crowd among the world’s soccer games played last weekend. The team announced 71,874 tickets were sold, breaking its own MLS record for a single game. That mark of 70,425 was set against Orlando City on Sept. 16. The Five Stripes could try to break that record again when they host Columbus...
Atlanta United in MLS playoffs: A to Z guide

Atlanta United in MLS playoffs: A to Z guide

Atlanta United will host Columbus in the first round of the MLS playoffs on Thursday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. For those new to the team, sport and league, here’s an A-to-Z guide: A is for Atlanta. One of two expansion clubs to begin play this season. The other was Minnesota United. Atlanta United became the first MLS expansion club since Seattle in 2009 to qualify for the playoffs in its first...
Atlanta United ready to face Columbus in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United ready to face Columbus in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United will host Columbus at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the first round of the MLS playoffs. The game will be televised on ESPN2. “We’ve played Columbus twice this season, so they know how we play,” Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said. “We know how they play. We do have the home-field advantage, but I  think they are two pretty even...
Atlanta United open MLS playoffs Thursday

Atlanta United open MLS playoffs Thursday

Atlanta United will host Columbus Crew SC on Thursday at 7 p.m. in their MLS playoff game, the league announced Sunday night. The Eastern Conference knockout round game playoff will be televised by ESPN2. Atlanta United finished as the No. 4 seed in the East and will host the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Columbus Crew finished as the No. 5 seed. The other Eastern Conference knockout round game will...
Atlanta United comes within inches of playoff bye

Atlanta United comes within inches of playoff bye

A few inches of crossbar may have been the barrier preventing Atlanta United from securing a second seed and bye in the MLS playoffs. Instead, it is the fourth seed and will play again as soon as Wednesday in a knockout game. A beautiful free kick by Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco that kissed the underside of the crossbar and went into the goal in the 84th minute dropped Atlanta United into a...
Atlanta United draws with Toronto, finishes 4th in East

Atlanta United draws with Toronto, finishes 4th in East

A roller-coaster day for Atlanta United ended with a 2-2 draw with Toronto on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After twice working its way into leads on goals by Yamil Asad and Josef Martinez, second place in the MLS East and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, goals by Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco pushed Atlanta United down into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They finished...
Atlanta United ends amazing regular season with noisy draw

Atlanta United ends amazing regular season with noisy draw

When it was announced in the spring of 2014 that Major League Soccer was expanding to Atlanta, it would have been impossible even for those poor, confused souls who insisted upon calling soccer “football” to envision a scene such as Sunday. Here was an announced audience of 71,874 – more in the 60s actually taking up space – hailing the final game of Atlanta United’s...
Atlanta United’s Guzan a green wall

Atlanta United’s Guzan a green wall

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan hasn’t allowed a ball into the net in 482 minutes, the 10th longest shutout streak in MLS history. If the Five Stripes shut out Toronto in today’s regular-season finale at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Guzan will have the third-longest streak in league history, according to MLSSoccer.com. Guzan, who joined Atlanta United this summer after spending the previous...
Atlanta United players excited about MLS All-Star Game

Atlanta United players excited about MLS All-Star Game

A few of Atlanta United’s players  said Thursday they were excited that the MLS All-Star game is expected to come to the city in 2018. The league is expected to formally announce Monday that the game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of Atlanta United. “I think that’s great,” said Mark Bloom, an Atlanta United fullback who grew up in Marietta. “I think...
Atlanta United not worried about Martinez

Atlanta United not worried about Martinez

Josef Martinez was not happy. The Atlanta United striker was subbed out in the 77th minute of Sunday’s game at the New York Red Bulls. He had failed to record a shot. He pulled down his socks, ripped the pink tape off his calves and left it strewn on the field like confetti before he slowly walked to the sideline. He shook his head slightly before passing Gerardo Martino and his assistants...
Atlanta United’s Almiron posts “I’m back”

Atlanta United’s Almiron posts “I’m back”

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron posted “I’m back” on Instagram on Monday with a photo that showed him at one of the team’s training fields at its headquarters in Marietta. Almiron, who has nine goals and 13 assists, has missed the past four games after suffering an injured hamstring in a win against Montreal on Sept. 24. Atlanta United has gone 1-1-2 without him. Almiron...
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