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No Atlanta United players selected in MLS expansion draft

No Atlanta United players were selected by LAFC in Tuesday’s expansion draft. LAFC, which will begin play in 2018, selected: Seattle goalkeeper Tyler Miller. Sporting KC forward Latif Blessing. San Jose forward Marco Urena. Columbus fullback Jukka Raitala. Toronto forward Raheem Edwards. Atlanta United left unprotected: Midfielder Yamil Asad, who was on loan and whose stats hasn’t been...
Blog: What formation could Atlanta United play?

Blog: What formation could Atlanta United play?

With the news that Atlanta United may be pursing Darlington Nagbe, I thought it would be fun to try to figure out what the formation could be next year. My projections include Nagbe and, in some others, Ezequiel Barco, another reported target. Keep in mind, Atlanta United scored 70 goals last season, second-most in the league and the most by any expansion team in MLS history. Here goes: Martinez Almiron-Barco-Villalba...
Nagbe to Atlanta United? Rumors heating up

Nagbe to Atlanta United? Rumors heating up

Soccer’s hot stove is heating up and rumors involving Atlanta United are burning. Several outlets on social media are posting that Portland’s Darlington Nagbe may soon be joining Atlanta United. Kristian Dyer was the first to report Atlanta United’s interest in Nagbe. Sam Stejskal reported that Portland started considering trading one of its cornerstones because Nagbe wants a pay...
Blog: What positions might Atlanta United strengthen  in free agency?

Blog: What positions might Atlanta United strengthen  in free agency?

MLS released two important lists on Sunday: those players who are now free agents and those players who were left unprotected ahead of Tuesday’s LAFC expansion draft. There were two pieces of important news on Sunday, both with local ties. The first was the surprising trade of Lawrenceville’s Walker Zimmerman from Dallas to LAFC. Zimmerman started 2017 brightly with a call-up to the U...
Asad, Walkes left unprotected by Atlanta United

Asad, Walkes left unprotected by Atlanta United

Atlanta United left unprotected on Sunday 15 players, including Yamil Asad, Anton Walkes and Romario Williams, for the upcoming expansion draft. MLS allowed each of the 22 teams to protect as many as 11 players. Those lists of protected/unprotected players were released by the league on Sunday. The expansion draft to help LAFC build its roster for its inaugural season will be held Tuesday. The team...
Atlanta United busy in MLS trade window

Atlanta United busy in MLS trade window

Atlanta United was active if not necessarily impactful in the MLS half-day trade window on Sunday. The traded traded away the rights to striker Kenwyne Jones and goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, the team’s first-ever announced signing, as well as Harrison Heath. Their options were declined by the team after the season. Jones, who indicated on social media weeks ago that he may be retiring and implied...
MLS greatly increases amount of Targeted Allocation Money

MLS greatly increases amount of Targeted Allocation Money

MLS announced Friday that it will increase the amount of Targeted Allocation Money available for use by each club from $1.2 million to as much as $4 million in 2018 and ‘19. The $1.2 million available to each club is funded by the league. The remaining $2.8 million, if used, must come from each club. Targeted Allocation Money has many uses in paying higher salaries to reward either deserving...
Atlanta United signs Escobar

Atlanta United signs Escobar

Atlanta United signed defender Franco Escobar. The team announced the Discovery signing Thursday. Escobar, 22, joins the Five Stripes from Newell’s Old Boys, where Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino formerly played and managed. Escobar made 19 appearances for Newell’s since 2016 and 34 in Argentina’s Primera Division. Contract terms weren’t disclosed. Escobar, 5-foot-11...
Way-too-early World Cup capsule: Belgium

Way-too-early World Cup capsule: Belgium

To fill the days until Atlanta United resumes play, here is a country-by-country, way-too-early alphabetical look at each team that has qualified to play in the World Cup in Russia next summer: Belgium FIFA rank: 5. Coach: Roberto Martinez. Previous appearances: 12 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014). Best finish: Semifinals (1986). Nickname: The Red Devils. Top...
Blog: Who will Atlanta United leave unprotected?

Blog: Who will Atlanta United leave unprotected?

The MLS expansion draft player pool from which LAFC can select a few of its players will be released Sunday. Each of the league’s teams can protect 11 players. Homegrown and Generations Adidas players are exempt from needing to be protected. The draft will be held Dec. 12. LAFC will select five players. If a team has a player selected, it can’t lose any more. Midfielder Miguel Almiron...
Q&A: Atlanta United goalkeeper Hildebrandt

Q&A: Atlanta United goalkeeper Hildebrandt

Atlanta United’s newest announced signing, goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, gave his first interview with Atlanta media on Tuesday afternoon. The signing of the former FC Cincinnati netminder was announced last week. Hildebrandt, 29, has spent his professional career playing in the lower leagues of soccer in North America. His reputation grew last season when he made three saves of penalty...
Atlanta United reportedly on verge of adding two players

Atlanta United reportedly on verge of adding two players

Though the team has repeatedly declined to comment, reports from South America have Atlanta United adding two Argentinians: defender Franco Escobar and midfielder Ezequiel Barco. The possible acquisitions show manager Gerardo Martino’s influence and adds more talent to a roster that is already loaded with South Americans. They also bring into question  where each would be used and what...
Almiron, Martinez finish 5th, 7th in MLS MVP voting

Almiron, Martinez finish 5th, 7th in MLS MVP voting

Portland’s Diego Valeri was named MLS MVP on Monday, with Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron finishing fifth and Josef Martinez seventh in voting. Valeri scored 21 goals and added 11 assists to become the first Timbers player to earn the honor. Portland finished as the top seed in the Western Conference. Almiron scored nine goals and added a team-high 14 assists and Martinez scored a team-high19...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Miguel Almiron

Atlanta United exit interviews: Miguel Almiron

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session two weeks ago at the training ground in Marietta. I’ve posed a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin and Julian Gressel.  Here are excerpts...
Atlanta the center of college football bowl universe

Atlanta the center of college football bowl universe

The 2017 college football bowl season will begin and end at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with Sunday’s invitations accepted. The season will begin with the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 16 and end with the national championship on Jan. 8 with No. 1 seed Clemson, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama in contention for the title. But those aren’t the only two bowl games that will be played...
Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s championship plan is coming together nicely. Behind a smart game from quarterback Chandler Burks and an amazing effort on defense by Bryson Armstrong, the Owls upset No. 3-seed Jacksonville State 17-7 on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs, accelerating coach Brian Bohannon’s goal of building an annual championship contender. The Gamecocks, a lower-level power...
Atlanta United signs Cincinnati goalkeeper

Atlanta United signs Cincinnati goalkeeper

Atlanta United signed goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, formerly of FC Cincinnati. The team announced the acquisition Friday. Hildebrandt, 29,  was one of the stars of the USL team, which advanced to the semifinals of this year’s U.S. Open Cup. He is expected to compete with Alec Kann to backup Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The team declined to pick up the option on Alex Tambakis and Kyle...
Southern Fried Soccer: The 2018 World Cup groups

Southern Fried Soccer: The 2018 World Cup groups

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson discusses the unveiling of the eight groups of teams in next year’s World Cup in Russia. Previous episodes
Garza happy to sign with Atlanta United

Garza happy to sign with Atlanta United

Greg Garza and his family can finally put down roots. Atlanta United announced Wednesday that the team and Garza agreed to a multi-year contract, a reward for the fullback being an integral part of helping the team become the first MLS expansion franchise since Seattle in 2009 to make the playoffs. Garza, 26, was on loan with Atlanta United from Tijuana in Mexico. He made 26 appearances, including...
Two Atlanta United players make MLS Best XI

Two Atlanta United players make MLS Best XI

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron were included in the MLS Best XI for the 2017 season. The league released the team Thursday night. Martinez scored 19 goals this season and Almiron scored nine and added 14 assists. Almiron was named the Newcomer of the Year and Martinez was a finalist for the award. The team: Goalkeeper: Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City). Defenders: Justin...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin

Atlanta United exit interviews: Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin

 Atlanta United held its season-ending media session last week at the training ground in Marietta. I’ve posed a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron. Here are excerpts from Andrew Carleton and...
Way-too-early World Cup capsule: Australia

Way-too-early World Cup capsule: Australia

To fill the days until Atlanta United resumes play, here is a country-by-country, way-too-early alphabetical look at each team that has qualified to play in the World Cup in Russia next summer: FIFA rank: 39 Coach: Vacant Previous appearances: 4 (1974, 2006, 2010, 2014) Best finish: Round of 16 (2006) Nickname: Socceroos Goals scored/allowed during qualification: 16/11 Population: 24.1 million GDP...
Atlanta United sign Greg Garza to multi-year deal

Atlanta United sign Greg Garza to multi-year deal

The Atlanta United will bring back Greg Garza after the team and the defender agreed to a permanent multi-year contract on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Garza, 26, spent the 2017 MLS season with the United on loan from Club Tijuana in LIGA MX. It is believed his contract had run out with the team. “Greg was an integral part of our first-year success and we’re happy we...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United rumors

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United rumors

In this episode of Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Doug Roberson addresses rumors of players Atlanta United is reportedly interested in, as well as other items. Previous episodes
MLS announces 4 expansion finalists

MLS announces 4 expansion finalists

Atlanta United may soon have an MLS neighbor. The league released the four finalists for its next two expansion franchises and Nashville, some 200 miles away, was included with Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento. Atlanta United will play Nashville SC, the USL team, in February. The two winning bids are expected to be announced by the end of the year. The leaders of the four groups will make presentations...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Brad Guzan

Atlanta United exit interviews: Brad Guzan

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session last week at the training ground in Marietta. Over the next few days, I’ll post a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron....
Blog: How will Atlanta United balance youth and experience?

Blog: How will Atlanta United balance youth and experience?

It may either be a coincidence or a first-world problem that three of the four players that Atlanta United have yet to either re-sign or move on without are also three positions in which the Five Stripes have promising Homegrown players. Atlanta United has three on-loan players, left midfielder Yamil Asad, left fullback Greg Garza and right fullback Anton Walkes, as well as one possible free agent...
Atlanta United will play at Nashville to open preseason

Atlanta United will play at Nashville to open preseason

Atlanta United will play Nashville SC in a friendly on Feb. 10 at First Tennessee Park. It will be the USL team’s first game and the preseason opener for the Five Stripes. Atlanta United has previously announced preseason games against Columbus on Feb. 17, Minnesota United on Feb. 21 and against Charleston on Feb. 24. Those three games will be played at Charleston’s MUSC Health Stadium...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez

Atlanta United exit interviews: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session last week at the training ground in Marietta. Over the next few days, I’ll post a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron. Here are excerpts from Leandro Gonzalez...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Josef Martinez

Atlanta United exit interviews: Josef Martinez

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session last week at the training ground in Marietta. Over the next few days, I’ll post a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron. Here are excerpts from Josef...
Atlanta United’s USL club all about developing youth

Atlanta United’s USL club all about developing youth

Dedication. Development. Distance. Those are three of the many paraphrased reasons that Atlanta United is launching a yet-to-be-named USL team that will play at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, according to Five Stripes Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra. The team will play in soccer’s second division in North America with a focus on helping Atlanta United’s young or less-experienced players...
Why did Atlanta United lose on PKs?

Why did Atlanta United lose on PKs?

As much as losing to Columbus in the MLS playoffs was painful, losing on penalty kicks hurt Atlanta United’s players and leaders that much more. “It’s just not a great way to go out,” Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “But they left everything out on the field. That’s something we are very proud of: the mental effort, the physical effort from those guys...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Hector Villalba

Atlanta United exit interviews: Hector Villalba

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session on Monday at the training ground in Marietta. Over the next few days, I’ll post a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron. Here is an excerpt...
Atlanta United surpasses 36,000 in season ticket sales

Atlanta United surpasses 36,000 in season ticket sales

With its season ticket sales surpassing 36,000, Atlanta United hasn’t decided if it will cap that number for the 2018 season and how that may affect how many games Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open to handle full capacity. A spokeswoman said the team is working with its existing season ticket holders on relocation and additional seating. It will then begin reaching out to those on the wait...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Michael Parkhurst

Atlanta United exit interviews: Michael Parkhurst

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session on Monday at the training ground in Marietta. Over the next few days, I’ll post a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron. Here is an excerpt from Michael Parkhurst&rsquo...
Atlanta United exit interviews: Carlos Bocanegra

Atlanta United exit interviews: Carlos Bocanegra

Atlanta United held its season-ending media session on Monday at the training ground in Marietta. Over the next few days, I’ll post a few stories from interviews with Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra and players Michael Parkhurst, Brad Guzan, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel and Miguel Almiron. Here is an excerpt from...
Kenwyne Jones calls end to career

Kenwyne Jones calls end to career

Kenwyne Jones may have called an end to his professional soccer career. In a message posted on Twitter, Jones wrote:  “Football has been great to me, I thank everyone who has helped me on the way, I appreciate you, but this is my last year in the sport...#onelove” Atlanta United announced Monday that it declined to pick up the option on his contract, a few hours ...
Atlanta United again shoots down Martino, Almiron rumors

Atlanta United again shoots down Martino, Almiron rumors

Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra treated rumors like he did strikers during his playing days at Monday’s end-of-the-season review at the MLS clubs training grounds in Marietta. He said the club hasn’t been contacted by anyone regarding manager Gerardo Martino, who is thought to be a target to coach the national teams of the U.S. or Chile. Martino led Atlanta United to...
Atlanta United makes roster changes with title in mind

Atlanta United makes roster changes with title in mind

Atlanta United began re-tooling its roster for the 2018 season just a few weeks after its inaugural season ended with a penalty shootout loss to Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United scored the second-most goals in MLS (70), had the second-largest goal difference (plus-30) and set numerous attendance records. All this despite not having a dedicated place to train during the preseason,...
Atlanta United declines options on Jones, Tambakis

Atlanta United declines options on Jones, Tambakis

Atlanta United announced several roster moves on Monday, including declining the options on goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, the team’s first-ever announced signing, striker Kenwyne Jones and Jeffrey Otoo, who spent the season on-loan at Charleston. Jones had guaranteed compensation of $413,333.33 in the 2017 season, according to the MLS Players Union. It was the third-highest salary on the team among...
Atlanta United’s Almiron wins MLS Newcomer of the Year

Atlanta United’s Almiron wins MLS Newcomer of the Year

Atlanta United added another individual trophy to its offseason haul with Monday’s announcement that Miguel Almiron was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year. Almiron, an attacking midfielder, scored nine goals and had 14 assists in an All-Star season. The 23-year-old was signed as a Designated Player by Atlanta United before the season.  His speed, vision, accurate left foot and work on defense...
Way-too-early World Cup capsule: Argentina

Way-too-early World Cup capsule: Argentina

To fill the days until Atlanta United resumes play, here is a country-by-country, way-too-early alphabetical look at each team that has qualified to play in the World Cup in Russia next summer: Argentina FIFA rank: 4. Coach: Jorge Sampaoli. Previous appearances: 16 (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). Best finish: Champions (1978, 1986)...
Few more details about Atlanta United’s USL team

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...
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