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Doug Roberson

Doug Roberson covers college sports and the Atlanta United, as well as the annual events in Atlanta, including the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the BB&T Atlanta Open, the Tour Championship, etc. Doug thinks he has one of the coolest jobs at the paper.

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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...

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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...
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...

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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...
Atlanta United opens training camp today
 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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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&rsquo...

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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&rsquo...
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 ...

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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 ...
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...

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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...
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

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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 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...

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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...