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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2 Atlanta United academy players called into U.S. U17s
 Two Atlanta United academy players were called into the U.S. Under-17 preliminary team that will face England, Netherlands and Brazil in friendly matches in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Fullback George Bello, who will join Atlanta United’s senior roster as a Homegrown player in January, and forward Daniel Mangarov of Duluth were among 24 players...

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Two Atlanta United academy players were called into the U.S. Under-17 preliminary team that will face England, Netherlands and Brazil in friendly matches in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Fullback George Bello, who will join Atlanta United’s senior roster as a Homegrown player in January, and forward Daniel Mangarov of Duluth were among 24 players...
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...

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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...
Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts
 Georgia State’s defense came up big when it counted in its past three games. In close wins against South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Texas State, the Panthers’ defense produced stops on potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Georgia State’s defense will face its toughest Sun Belt conference challenge this...

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Georgia State’s defense came up big when it counted in its past three games. In close wins against South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Texas State, the Panthers’ defense produced stops on potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Georgia State’s defense will face its toughest Sun Belt conference challenge this...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...