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What can Jones expect at Schalke?

Zyen Jones, a 17-year-old Atlanta native and former member of Atlanta United’s academy, will sign with Schalke in Germany’s first division when he turns 18 years old. Jones will be one of several U.S. players who have signed with the club. Schalke was founded in 1904 and has won seven German league titles. Though perhaps not as well known as Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, it is among...
Atlanta United vs. Minnesota: Five things to consider

Atlanta United vs. Minnesota: Five things to consider

Atlanta United will continue its preseason training with a game against Minnesota United on Wednesday at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston. The Five Stripes are 1-1 in the preseason with a win at Nashville SC, a first-year USL team, and a 3-1 loss to Columbus in its first game in Charleston on Feb. 17. The teams split their two meetings last season. While Atlanta United has been busy in the offseason...
Atlanta United’s DMs playing differently than last year

Atlanta United’s DMs playing differently than last year

In each of the two preseason games, Atlanta United’s starting 11 has listed two defensive midfielders: Chris McCann and Darlington Nagbe. It’s not a surprise and something you may see against Minnesota on Wednesday in the team’s third preseason game.  Last year, the team also employed two DMs: Jeff Larentowicz and Carlos Carmona. Except this season, while Nagbe is listed as...
Four resume training with Atlanta United

Four resume training with Atlanta United

Atlanta United got four key members back as forward Hector Villalba and defenders Franco Escobar, Michael Parkhurst and Greg Garza returned to training on Monday. The four have been held out for precautionary reasons. Villalba, Escobar and Parkhurst did not play in Atlanta United’s first two preseason games. Garza appeared in the first exhibition game but did not play in Saturday’s loss...
Atlanta United 2 signs three players

Atlanta United 2 signs three players

Atlanta United 2 signed three more players, the USL team announced on Sunday. Signed to the inaugural roster were goalkeeper Paul Christensen, defender Andrew Kendall-Moullin and midfielder Laurent Kissiedou, pending league and federation approval. Kendall-Moullin (San Antonio FC) and Kissiedou (Charleston Battery) made their professional debuts in the United Soccer League last year. Christensen...
Columbus 3, Atlanta United 1: Five observations

Columbus 3, Atlanta United 1: Five observations

Things weren’t as bad as they may have seemed in Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to Columbus on Saturday in the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston. Manager Gerardo Martino said there were more positives than negatives and pointed out that Columbus played them the same way, with the same eventual result, in last season’s final game MLS playoff loss. “If you remember, last year...
Atlanta United beaten by Columbus 

Atlanta United beaten by Columbus 

Atlanta United’s first game in the Carolina Challenge Cup wasn’t peachy, as the Five Stripes, wearing their new secondary kits, were beaten by Columbus 3-1 on Saturday at MUSC Health Stadium. The Crew grabbed their lead on goals in the first half by Pedro Santos and an unbelievable chip by Cristian Martinez, and an own goal by Josef Martinez in the second half. Unlike in their meeting...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s exhibition game against Columbus at MUSC Health Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Right fullback Sal Zizzo Centerback Jeff Larentowicz Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Right fullback Mikey Ambrose, in for Greg Garza. He’s not injured. It’s just precautionary rest. Holding midfielder Chris McCann Midfielder Darlington Nagbe Right midfielder...
Atlanta United vs. Columbus: 5 things to consider

Atlanta United vs. Columbus: 5 things to consider

Atlanta United will play its second exhibition game Saturday when it takes on Columbus in Charleston, S.C. It will be the second of four exhibition games the Five Stripes will play before they open the season March 3 at Houston. Atlanta United will play three games in total in Charleston. After Columbus, it will play Minnesota United on Feb. 21 in what is expected to be its final tune-up, and the...
Egan to do Atlanta United TV play-by-play

Egan to do Atlanta United TV play-by-play

Kevin Egan will serve as Atlanta United television play-by-play announcer for the upcoming season. Egan served in the role for the first four games of last season, the first for Atlanta United.
Atlanta United reveals ‘King Peach’ alternate kit

Atlanta United reveals ‘King Peach’ alternate kit

Though the secret was spilled weeks ago, Atlanta United unveiled its new secondary kit on Thursday at the team’s training center in Marietta. The jersey is primarily white and features peach on the shoulder stripes, the crest and the sponsor. The background of the jersey features panel shapes similar to what can be seen on some soccer balls, as well as the roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ...
Report: Bocanegra candidate for USMNT GM job; Under long-term contract with Atlanta United

Report: Bocanegra candidate for USMNT GM job; Under long-term contract with Atlanta United

Carlos Bocanegra is reportedly a candidate for the general manager position of the U.S. men’s national team. However, Atlanta United president Darren Eales said on Thursday that his vice president and technical director is under a long-term contract with the club. That Bocanegra is a candidate for the general manager position for the U.S. men’s national team was posted in a tweet...
The savviest local team? Atlanta United, and it’s not even close

The savviest local team? Atlanta United, and it’s not even close

The nice thing about being asked to participate in MLB Network’s “Atlanta Rules” – the documentary premiered Tuesday night – was that, for once, this correspondent wasn’t being asked about Atlanta Flops. (Although it’s true that those regal Braves of the ’90s won only one World Series. Maybe you’ve heard.) Much of this job, sad to say, has become...
Atlanta United 2 goal to develop players for MLS

Atlanta United 2 goal to develop players for MLS

Atlanta United 2 opened its preseason on Tuesday and manager Scott Donnelly has a few goals for the USL squad in its inaugural season. The team wants to play well. The team wants to win. And, probably most importantly, it wants to get players ready to make the jump to Atlanta United and the MLS level. “This is a bridge team,” Donnelly said at the team’s training ground in Marietta...
Atlanta United’s Nagbe pleased with debut

Atlanta United’s Nagbe pleased with debut

Darlington Nagbe said he was mostly pleased with his debut for Atlanta United in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Nashville SC at First Tennessee Park. “As a team, at times we did well and at times we were a little sloppy,” he said. “I think that had to do with the conditions the field conditions as well.” Nagbe, a midfielder, was acquired by Atlanta United in a trade with Portland...
Atlanta United’s presumed secondary jersey put on racks

Atlanta United’s presumed secondary jersey put on racks

Atlanta United’s presumed secondary jersey, an image of which was posted on Twitter weeks ago though the team hasn’t confirmed its authenticity, was included among merchandise for sale at a local shopping mall on Tuesday. One of the team’s supporters took a photo of the jersey being sold at Lids at Cumberland Mall and posted it on Twitter on Tuesday. The jersey is white with the...
Martinez unhappy with MLS Valentine’s Day soccergram

Martinez unhappy with MLS Valentine’s Day soccergram

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez may not be in the mood to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day after all, prompting an apology from MLS for a photo posted on its website. A day after MLS posted on its website several soccergrams – photos of players posing with a rose to “Celebrate Valentine’s Day” – Martinez expressed displeasure at his. The pose has Martinez...
Atlanta United could receive as much as $600K for Asad

Atlanta United could receive as much as $600K for Asad

Yamil Asad’s move to D.C. United was finalized on Monday. The former Atlanta United player’s rights were sold by Atlanta United to D.C. United in exchange for a minimum of $500,000 in allocation money that could increase to $600,000 if certain criteria are met. Asad, 23, played for Atlanta United last season while on loan from Velez Sarsfield in Argentina. Atlanta United tried to permanently...
Two Atlanta United players training with Charleston

Two Atlanta United players training with Charleston

Atlanta United strikers Patrick Okonkwo and Gordon Wild are training with Charleston and should be joining the USL team on loan. Both players can be recalled by the Five Stripes, if needed. Okonkwo, 19, is one of five Homegrown Signings on Atlanta United, along with Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, George Bello and Lagos Kunga. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Okonkwo made three appearances for the Battery...
Atlanta United secures green card for Williams

Atlanta United secures green card for Williams

Romario Williams is the second Atlanta United player to receive a green card after the team announced the process was completed on Monday. Williams, a native of Jamaica, joins Hector Villalba, a native of Argentina, as two players who have received the documents during the preseason. Though the team has declined to discuss which players they are working to help, Josef Martinez (Venezuela) and...
Atlanta United 2 to play three preseason dates

Atlanta United 2 to play three preseason dates

Atlanta United 2 will open its training camp on Tuesday and play three preseason dates. The USL affiliate of Atlanta United will train at the organization’s complex in Marietta. The preseason schedule is: Feb. 18 vs. U19 Academy at Marietta Feb. 24 vs. Georgia State and Furman at Marietta March 3 vs. Charlotte Independence at Marietta Atlanta United 2 opens its inaugural season against New York...
Three players who looked good for Atlanta United in preseason opener

Three players who looked good for Atlanta United in preseason opener

Atlanta United defeated Nashville 3-1 on Saturday at First Tennessee Park.  It was the Five Stripes’ first preseason game and Nashville’s first game as a pro-level team. After years as playing as amateurs, Nashville is moving up to the second-division USL this season as it progresses toward MLS in 2019 or 2020. Jason Longshore and I offered our thoughts on the game in this...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Nashville 1

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Nashville 1

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 discuss Atlanta United’s preseason opener against Nashville SC. PAST EPISODES
5 observations: Atlanta United at Nashville

5 observations: Atlanta United at Nashville

Playing its first game of the season on a field that for one day after hours of rain seemed better suited for inspiring a country song than hosting soccer, Atlanta United defeated Nashville SC 3-1 on Saturday at First Tennessee Park. A team that likes to connect passes, the Five Stripes had a few sequences of passes, but the wet field and Nashville’s pressing made it very difficult to play one-two...
Atlanta United wins preseason opener

Atlanta United wins preseason opener

Playing its first game of the season on a field that for one day after hours of rain seemed better suited for inspiring a country song than hosting soccer, Atlanta United defeated Nashville SC 3-1 on Saturday at First Tennessee Park. A team that likes to connect passes, the Five Stripes had a few sequences of passes, but the wet field made it very difficult to play one-two combinations or hit passes...
Barco in Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Nashville

Barco in Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Nashville

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s preseason game against Nashville SC at First Tennessee Park: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Right fullback Sal Zizzo, in his debut after signing as a free agent Centerback Jeff Larentowicz Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Greg Garza Holding midfielder Chris McCann Center midfielder Darlington Nagbe, in his debut after being acquired in...
Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC: Five things to watch

Atlanta United vs. Nashville SC: Five things to watch

Atlanta United will play the first of four preseason games on Saturday when it takes on Nashville SC at First Tennessee Park. Perhaps the only thing tempering the excitement of seeing Ezequiel Barco, Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron and Darlington Nagbe potentially playing together for the first time is the weather forecast: rain and cold temperatures. “We know it may not look perfect at times...
Atlanta United’s Parkhurst, Escobar, Villalba out vs. Nashville SC

Atlanta United’s Parkhurst, Escobar, Villalba out vs. Nashville SC

Atlanta United will not play defenders Michael Parkhurst and Franco Escobar and forward Hector Villalba in Saturday’s friendly against Nashville SC. According to manager Gerardo Martino, the three are being held out for precautionary reasons not related to the expected inclement weather. The forecast calls for rain and temperatures in the mid-50s for the 4 p.m. start. The lineup changes likely...
Arnold won’t return as Atlanta United sideline reporter

Arnold won’t return as Atlanta United sideline reporter

Atlanta United sideline reporter and studio host Brittany Arnold will not return for the coming season. Arnold made the announcement that she won’t be back for the team’s second season via social media Friday. Arnold posted the following on Twitter:
Atlanta United mailbag: Answering your questions

Atlanta United mailbag: Answering your questions

Hello! Welcome to the first Atlanta United mailbag of the season to appear on myAJC. Many thought-provoking questions were sent by you, the ever-curious, always-cool readers and subscribers. I hope I have provided answers that satisfy your appetite for all things Five Stripes. Because you sent so many great questions, we can turn this into a weekly date, if you are interested. Before I get into the...
With Super Bowl looming, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has work to finish

With Super Bowl looming, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has work to finish

Before the Super Bowl is played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium early next year, stadium officials aim to have the retractable roof in operating order, the sound system functioning better and a new green space open on the former Georgia Dome site.  There’s a lot of work to be done in the meantime.  The $1.5 billion-plus stadium opened almost six months ago after more than three years of construction...
Atlanta United’s Goslin worked in offseason to increase strength

Atlanta United’s Goslin worked in offseason to increase strength

Chris Goslin looks bigger and stronger than he did last season as he moves through an Atlanta United training session during camp in Florida. His shoulders and upper body look more solid.  That’s by design. Goslin, 17, said he worked in the offseason, doing as many as 50 push-ups a day to improve his strength and conditioning. “Guys are bigger than me so I have to be able to hold...
Zizzo says Atlanta United was his top choice

Zizzo says Atlanta United was his top choice

Sal Zizzo said Atlanta United was his top choice when it came to signing with an MLS team. “The style of play, the training, the staff, everyone here is top class,” he said. “It was No. 1 on my wish list. I’m glad it worked out.” Atlanta United signed Zizzo as a free agent after the 30-year-old spent the previous three seasons with New York Red Bulls. The transaction...
Hernandez excited about Atlanta United opportunity

Hernandez excited about Atlanta United opportunity

 If Romario Williams is the biggest mystery on Atlanta United, then Jose Hernandez may be a close second. Though he was one of the team’s first “new” acquisitions (not re-acquiring Jeff Larentowicz or Greg Garza) in the offseason, he has remained relatively unknown despite solid performances in the first two weeks of training camp. “Of all the new guys we brought in he...
Atlanta United 2 adds four more players

Atlanta United 2 adds four more players

Atlanta United 2 announced the addition of four more players on Tuesday for its inaugural USL season. The team added goalkeeper Nicolas Caraux, midfielder Gaston Cardozo, winger Brian Gambarte and defender Shawn Nicklaw. That quartet joins defender AJ Cochran, forward Diego Lopez, defender Jack Metcalf and midfielder Yosef Samuel as the team’s first signings. Atlanta United 2 will open training...
Atlanta United’s Martino talks training, Barco and Asad

Atlanta United’s Martino talks training, Barco and Asad

After answering a few questions about the intricacies of Mate tea, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Tuesday answered a few questions about the team as it rolls into its third week of training camp. The team will play at Nashville SC on Saturday in its first preseason game before it competes in a tournament in Charleston. Martino covered a few topics, some of which I’ll write about in...
Barco says he’s settling in well with Atlanta United

Barco says he’s settling in well with Atlanta United

Ezequiel Barco said that he is settling in well with his new Atlanta United teammates and coaching staff. The $15 million midfielder flew from Buenos Aires and joined the team in Championsgate, Fla. on Jan. 30 and participated in his first training session after a medical exam the next day. It was easy to see that he was pushing through exhaustion that first day. He participated in the final minutes...
Atlanta United agrees to sell Asad’s rights to D.C. United

Atlanta United agrees to sell Asad’s rights to D.C. United

Atlanta United has agreed to sell the rights to midfielder Yamil Asad to D.C. United for at least $500,000 in Allocation Money. The deal depends upon loan documents being signed and player terms being agreed to with D.C. United. If those don’t happen, Atlanta United will retain Asad’s rights. Asad scored seven goals, including the first in Atlanta United’s history, and added 13...
First person: Atlanta United’s Alec Kann on first season

First person: Atlanta United’s Alec Kann on first season

  When I stepped out under the lights, I looked up into the stands and felt the roar of 55,000 raucous fans. It was a lot to take in. I thought back to the 12-hour bus rides through the night to play in Harrisburg, Rochester and Dayton in front of a couple hundred people on converted football and baseball fields … times when I wondered if this was going to be the story of my career, or...
Longshore, Conti will call Atlanta United radio

Longshore, Conti will call Atlanta United radio

Jason Longshore and Mike Conti will handle radio duties for Atlanta United’s games on 92.9 FM this season. Longshore will handle analyst duties for the second consecutive season for the MLS team. Conti will begin his first season doing play-by-play. He replaces Adam Schick. Longshore is a longtime soccer personality in Atlanta who runs the website soccerdownhere.com. Conti is managing editor...
Atlanta United’s Villalba having abductor examined

Atlanta United’s Villalba having abductor examined

Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba returned to Atlanta after experiencing pain in his abductor muscle. The midfielder was with the team in its training camp in Florida, but didn’t participate in practices. He returned to Atlanta mid-week to have the pain examined. Back in Atlanta, he posted a photo on Snapchat. The team doesn’t consider the injury to be serious and said there&rsquo...
Shannon’s motivation is his family

Shannon’s motivation is his family

Standing at the podium in Philadelphia after he was selected in the SuperDraft by Atlanta United, Oliver Shannon said his thank yous to past coaches. He then thanked his sisters, grandparents and father.  It was his last thank you, spoken with a soft, Liverpool accent, that got the cavernous room’s attention: “To my mum, who I lost two years ago to a brain tumor: I love you, I miss...
Bello excited to train with Atlanta United

Bello excited to train with Atlanta United

Atlanta United Homegrown George Bello is considered one of the top left fullbacks in the U.S. system. Bello, 16, is participating in his first training camp with the Five Stripes in Florida. “It’s been great,” he said. “Ever since I was little I’ve been dreaming of playing professional soccer. To wake up and do this every day is a dream come true.” Bello, a native...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United Player-by-player training camp updates

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United Player-by-player training camp updates

In this episode of the podcast Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson shares his thoughts on Atlanta United’s training camp in Florida. Included in the podcast is a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. It doesn’t include the SuperDraft picks. PAST EPISODES
Atlanta United’s Williams ready to show his skills up close

Atlanta United’s Williams ready to show his skills up close

Perhaps the player who is the biggest mystery on Atlanta United takes a touch, sees the goalkeeper, and hammers a shot from 18 yards. That ball slams off the underside of the crossbar, into the ground and away from the goal. A few minutes later, the same player takes a touch, sees the goalkeeper and hammers a shot toward the opposite corner. The ball screams along the ground, ricochets off the post...
Atlanta United signs Zizzo

Atlanta United signs Zizzo

Atlanta United has signed free-agent fullback Sal Zizzo. The option on Zizzo’s contract was declined by the New York Red Bulls after the 2017 season. Zizzo, 30, will provide depth at right fullback.  He has eight seasons of experience in MLS: Chivas USA (2010), Portland (2011-14), Sporting KC (2014), Red Bulls (2015-17). He has two goals and 17 assists in 162 appearances in his career....
Exclusive: Barco joins and talks Atlanta United

Exclusive: Barco joins and talks Atlanta United

After a cold, chilly morning in central Florida, the sun started shining as soon as Ezequiel Barco touched down in Orlando on Tuesday. It seems the $15 million spent by Atlanta United can buy a lot. Barco’s flight from Buenos Aires in his native Argentina started at 11:30 p.m. on Monday and had a layover in Miami at 7:30 a.m. before continuing to Orlando. There, Barco disembarked, posed for...
Circus life takes Wild to Atlanta United

Circus life takes Wild to Atlanta United

Of all the bios in the MLS SuperDraft media guide, one of the last sentences for one of the last players may be the most interesting fact in the 76-page document: “Son of former acrobats – a German mother and Danish father – who performed as a duo in traveling troupes before creating their own circus company.” The bio is for Gordon Wild, a forward from Maryland, who Atlanta...
Atlanta United’s Martino talks Carmona and Barco

Atlanta United’s Martino talks Carmona and Barco

Atlanta United began the second week of training camp in Florida on Tuesday under cloudy, windy, cold conditions. But the day got a little brighter when the team began posting photos of Ezequiel Barco’s arrival in Orlando around 11 a.m. Coincidentally, that’s also when the sun broke through the slate gray clouds. After finishing the team’s morning training session, manager Gerardo...
Atlanta United’s Kann is healthy and ready to help

Atlanta United’s Kann is healthy and ready to help

Alec Kann’s return home started well last season. The Decatur native and Atlanta United goalkeeper started 18 consecutive games in his first extended minutes of his MLS career. He posted four shutouts, went 8-7-3 and had a goals-against average of 1.39, 12th best in the league. But he suffered a quad injury in a win at Columbus. That, combined with the arrival of Brad Guzan, meant that Kann...
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