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Carleton impresses in first Atlanta United start in MLS

The image that Andrew Carleton will carry from his first start in MLS is “Atlanta United 3, D.C. United 1.” The 18-year-old native of Powder Springs played an integral part in that victory. In his 65-minute shift and though not given credit in the boxscore, Carleton played a part in two of Atlanta United’s goals. “I definitely feel like I could’ve done more,&rdquo...


Carleton will make first MLS start for Atlanta United

Carleton will make first MLS start for Atlanta United

Andrew Carleton will receive his first start in MLS as part of Atlanta United’s (12-4-5) starting 11 for Saturday’s game against D.C. United (3-7-5) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Carleton is in for Barco, who didn’t make the 18. Carleton, a native of Powder Springs, was the team’s first Homegrown signing. Additionally, Eric Remedi is in the 18. He recently was signed by the team...
Atlanta United flattered by Miami interest in VP

Atlanta United flattered by Miami interest in VP

Though Miami’s interminable search for a stadium is ongoing, the hopeful MLS expansion club is reportedly trying to hire Paul McDonough, vice president of Atlanta United. Five Stripes president Darren Eales, in a statement from the club, said Miami’s interest in McDonough is a “positive reflection of the club,” but pointed out that McDonough is under contract through 2022...
Atlanta United hopes more players in box will beat bunker

Atlanta United hopes more players in box will beat bunker

Though Atlanta United leads MLS in goals scored (43), manager Gerardo Martino has said they could have more if more players would attack the penalty box. This lamentation came after last week’s 1-1 draw with Seattle, a game in which Atlanta United missed a few scoring chances in front of the goal and missed a few more because there wasn’t someone on the end of crosses for tap-ins. &ldquo...
Atlanta United ready to take on Rooney, D.C. United

Atlanta United ready to take on Rooney, D.C. United

Wayne Rooney needed just 32 minutes in last week’s 3-1 win over Vancouver to show why D.C. United agreed to pay him a reported $13 million. One assist. Four shots. Good vision. Nice passing in a playmaking/striker role in his debut with the MLS original. It was reminiscent of his heyday with Manchester United, before wear and tear on the legs, and the churning roster of talent, turned him into...
Atlanta United’s Barco in a slump? No, says Martino

Atlanta United’s Barco in a slump? No, says Martino

Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco has one goal and one assist in his past nine games. Is he in a slump? Is the weight of the $15 million price tag weighing him down? Does the criticism on social media and from analysts on mlssoccer.com matter? The answer to those questions, according to manager Gerardo Martino, is no. “I understand that in the U.S. there’s a big influence of statistics...
Atlanta United’s Martino again critical of VAR, MLS refs

Atlanta United’s Martino again critical of VAR, MLS refs

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino didn’t seem to ready to forgive the Professional Referee Organization after general manager Howard Webb said on Wednesday that the crew working Sunday’s game against Seattle missed a penalty call that may have helped the Five Stripes. “If he didn’t see the kick of de Jong, then he’s not going to see the penalty on (Chris) McCann...
Atlanta pacing to set MLS All-Star Game record

Atlanta pacing to set MLS All-Star Game record

Ticket sales are approaching 65,000 for the MLS All-Star game featuring Juventus at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Sales are trending to make it the largest crowd in the game’s history, surpassing the 70,728 sold for the MLS All-Star game featuring Mexican star Javier Hernandez and Manchester United in Houston in 2010. NBC Sports reported on Wednesday that Cristiano Ronaldo may not travel...
Atlanta United tied for most reviews this season

Atlanta United tied for most reviews this season

Atlanta United is tied with Orlando for having the most reviewed plays in MLS this season. Both teams have had 10 reviews, though Orlando City has played two fewer games (21-19), according to information provided by the league. LAFC and Sporting KC are tied for second with eight each. Atlanta United has played 11 games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and all of the reviews were in those games. That total...
Changes possible to MLS video review after missed penalty cost Atlanta United

Changes possible to MLS video review after missed penalty cost Atlanta United

You saw it. The Video Assistant Referee did not. A missed call that denied Atlanta United a penalty kick in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium may result in a change in the VAR  booth used in MLS games. The issue for the league in reviewing plays is that the television feed is not consistently monitored. While viewers could see a clear foul, the referee did not....
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s impact on VAR

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s impact on VAR

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares a long conversation with Howard Webb of the Professional Referee Organization and the go-to guy for all questions related to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and replay system being used in MLS. They discuss three important moments during Atlanta United’s 1-1...
MLS Week 21: Ranking the games

MLS Week 21: Ranking the games

Montreal at Portland, 11 p.m. Saturday. This may be the best game this weekend. The Impact, which looked the league’s worst team early in the season, have won five of six and six of eight. The Timbers are unbeaten in 12. Dallas at Houston, 9 p.m. Saturday. The West is becoming very interesting. Dallas can make it less so with a win in this game. It has a three-point lead atop the West...
Remedi already fitting in with Atlanta United

Remedi already fitting in with Atlanta United

Perhaps the most important things said about Eric Remedi were spoken before Tuesday’s press conference to introduce the newest member of Atlanta United. Captain Michael Parkhurst said that Remedi didn’t look as if “he was the new guy out there” on the training ground. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez said “He’s a good guy. He has good intentions.” Atlanta United&rsquo...
MLS Power Poll: Week 20 and a new leader at the top

MLS Power Poll: Week 20 and a new leader at the top

It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego. 1. NYCFC (12-4-4) Last week: 3 Result: 3-0 win vs. Montreal and 2-0 vs. Columbus Three consecutive wins and NYCFC is nipping at Atlanta United’s...
Atlanta United must beat the parked MARTA bus

Atlanta United must beat the parked MARTA bus

Atlanta United’s opponents have an obvious and identifiable plan to frustrate the Five Stripes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Bunkering. Parking the MARTA bus. Playing cynically. Seattle was the latest to come to Atlanta and proceed to metaphorically refuse to leave the basement of their host’s $1.5 billion home. The result was a 1-1 draw that probably hurt their chances of making the...
Atlanta United losses control of  Supporters’ Shield

Atlanta United losses control of  Supporters’ Shield

A byproduct of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Seattle is Atlanta United has, for now, lost control of the Supporters’ Shield. The team still leads MLS in points (41), but because it has fewer games left to play, it can be passed by the other contenders should they win out. “We have 13 games left? Is that right?” midfielder Jeff Larentowicz said. “Let’s deal with...
Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Made two saves, and got his hand on the penalty kick that was Seattle’s goal. ... Other than that, didn’t have much to do against a Seattle team that didn’t have much interesting in attacking. Right fullback Franco Escobar, 6: Called for...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 1-1 draw against Seattle on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta: Soccer City, USA

Atlanta: Soccer City, USA

It is a realization that I have put off for as long as possible. Fought it, really, like the very idea of growing old.   But there is no more denying the patently obvious.  I live in a soccer city. We all live in a soccer city. Perhaps one of the most vibrant soccer cities in the whole of the US of A. A veritable hub of hands-free athletic ability. Quite abruptly, the game has become...
Atlanta United can’t take advantage of struggling Seattle

Atlanta United can’t take advantage of struggling Seattle

Playing in front of the largest crowd in MLS history, Atlanta United disappointingly tied struggling Seattle 1-1 on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in another game complicated by the Video Assistant Referee and replay system.  Needing three points to stay atop the race for the Supporter’s Shield and ahead of contenders NYCFC, New York Red Bulls and Dallas, the Five Stripes couldn&rsquo...
Atlanta United breaks its own MLS attendance record

Atlanta United breaks its own MLS attendance record

Atlanta United broke its own MLS single-game attendance mark with an announced 72,243 tickets sold and distributed for Sunday’s game against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game approached in attendance the World Cup final between France and Croatia. The game, won 4-2 by France, had a reported attendance of 78,011 in Moscow. Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened at 10:30 a.m. so that supporters...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Seattle

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Seattle

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has six shutouts this season. Right fullback Franco Escobar, who is making his 13th start. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who is making his 19th start. Left fullback Chris McCann, who is making his 10th start. Holding...
Atlanta United opens roster spot for Remedi

Atlanta United opens roster spot for Remedi

Atlanta United has opened a roster spot for Eric Remedi by loaning Jose Hernandez to Atlanta United 2 for the remainder of the season, according to the team’s roster on the league website. MLS teams are allowed to loan one player to its affiliate for the purpose of roster relief. It can loan others, but doing so doesn’t create open roster spots on the senior team. Remedi, acquired...
National TV game after World Cup final gives Atlanta United another chance to shine

National TV game after World Cup final gives Atlanta United another chance to shine

When you keep your television tuned to Fox on Sunday, shortly after the culmination of the World Cup final, another soccer game will kick off. The stadium will be sold out. The supporters will be rabid. Chances are, there will be goals aplenty. Many in the area know the Atlanta United experience by now. But it isn’t only Atlanta that will see the Five Stripes battle the Seattle Sounders after...
Southern Fried Soccer: Why won’t Atlanta United open the stadium?

Southern Fried Soccer: Why won’t Atlanta United open the stadium?

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses Atlanta United’s 2019 season ticket prices, and why the team won’t consistently open the upper deck of Mercedes-Benz Stadium to accommodate more season-ticket buyers.
Atlanta United knows Seattle won’t be easy

Atlanta United knows Seattle won’t be easy

Atlanta United seems to be in a perfect spot to starting walking down the Supporter’s Shield, given to the team that finished the MLS season with the most points. First, Atlanta United already leads MLS in points (40). So, it has a head start on the next closest team, NYCFC. Second, with 14 games remaining, when compared with the other contenders, Atlanta United appears to have the easiest schedule...
Atlanta United’s Remedi arrives in city, should start training Monday

Atlanta United’s Remedi arrives in city, should start training Monday

Eric Remedi, Atlanta United’s newest signing, arrived in the city early Friday morning and at the team’s training ground in Marietta just before lunch. But manager Gerardo Martino said Friday not to expect Remedi to be inserted into the starting 11 too soon. “At the moment, we will continue keeping things the same,” Martino said. “And then we will look at whether we have...
Atlanta United adding strength for Supporters’ Shield run

Atlanta United adding strength for Supporters’ Shield run

Atlanta United is getting needed reinforcements, one mostly offense, one mostly defense, and one in between, for the team’s push for the Supporters’ Shield that starts with Sunday’s game against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After dealing with a series of injuries, Hector Villalba is starting to show signs of being the player who rarely came off the field last season. He has...
Reactions mixed to Atlanta United 2019 season-ticket prices

Reactions mixed to Atlanta United 2019 season-ticket prices

Not surprisingly, some Atlanta United season-ticket holders aren’t thrilled with price increases to renew for the 2019 MLS season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, few responding on social media to the increase said they won’t renew. Founders’ Club members and/or those who purchased season tickets in 2018 recently began to receive notifications of increases that range from $2 to...
Carleton, Kunga make MLS Homegrown Game roster

Carleton, Kunga make MLS Homegrown Game roster

Atlanta United’s Andrew Carleton and Lagos Kunga will participate in the MLS Homegrown Game on July 31 at the team’s training center in Marietta. Carleton and Kunga are two of the 20 players who will compete against Tigres, from LIGA MX in Mexico, in the MLS All-Star week. Carleton, 18 and a native of Powder Springs, has made four appearances for Atlanta United in MLS and seven for Atlanta...
Atlanta United vs. Seattle: 4 questions

Atlanta United vs. Seattle: 4 questions

Atlanta United will host Seattle at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Seattle, once the model to copy in MLS, has arguably been passed by Atlanta United, which is recently experiencing more success on the field and at the turnstile that its compatriots in the Northwest. Matt Pentz, one of the best soccer journalists in the U.S., answered four questions about the game. Pentz (@MattPentz) writes...
Watch: Memorable images from the World Cup

Watch: Memorable images from the World Cup

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday in the World Cup in Moscow. Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991. France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will...
Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez explains ‘the pass’

Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez explains ‘the pass’

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez can’t explain the pass he hit that changed Atlanta United’s fortunes against Philadelphia last week. But the result was a penalty kick that led to his team’s first goal. Gonzalez Pirez intercepted an underhit pass by Philadelphia in the 57th minute. Moving to the ball, Gonzalez Pirez trapped it, looked up and saw Miguel Almiron moving into space on the left...
MLS Week 20: Ranking the games

MLS Week 20: Ranking the games

Sporting KC at New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. Saturday. Possible MLS Cup preview. Portland at LAFC, 6 p.m. Sunday. The top two teams in the West face off. As odd as it seems, I think expansion team LAFC is more of a threat to win the West than Portland, whose defensive tactics may not work well in the playoffs. Montreal at NYCFC, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Montreal has a four-game winning streak, with just...
Ronaldo could make Juventus debut in MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Ronaldo could make Juventus debut in MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the greatest soccer player in history, could make his debut for new club Juventus in the MLS All-Star game Aug. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Ronaldo’s $123 million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus was announced Tuesday. Because the transfer was just announced, Ronaldo’s summer plans with the club haven’t been announced. Ronaldo, a 33-year-old native...
MLS Power Poll Week 19: Who is at the top?

MLS Power Poll Week 19: Who is at the top?

It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego. 1. Atlanta United (12-4-4) Last week: 1. Result: 3-2 loss at FC Dallas and 2-0 win at Philadelphia. Four minutes away from taking all six points from last...
Atlanta United has easiest path to Supporters’ Shield

Atlanta United has easiest path to Supporters’ Shield

Atlanta United seems to have the easiest path of the contenders remaining to win this year’s Supporters’ Shield, awarded to the team that finishes the season with the most points. Not only does Atlanta United lead the league with 40 points, five more than the next closest team, it has the easiest remaining schedule compared to those of Dallas (35 points), LAFC (34), NYCFC (34), Sporting...
Atlanta United’s Martinez gets U.S. Green Card

Atlanta United’s Martinez gets U.S. Green Card

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez,  a native of Venezuela, has obtained a U.S. Green Card. As such, he will no longer occupy one of the seven international slots on the team’s roster. Eric Remedi, an Argentine midfielder who is expected to join the team this week, will move into that slot. The Green Card has been in the works for months, at least dating back to the training camp in...
Atlanta United: 4 things to know this week

Atlanta United: 4 things to know this week

Here are four things to know about Atlanta United this week: 1. Atlanta United defeated Philadelphia 2-0 on Saturday in Chester, Pa. behind goals from Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. The victory helped the team overcome the memory of the 3-2 loss at Dallas on the Fourth of the July. 2. Martinez’s goal on a penalty kick moved him to a league-leading 18 this season. He’s on...
Atlanta United’s Martinez on pace to shatter MLS scoring record

Atlanta United’s Martinez on pace to shatter MLS scoring record

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez is on pace to obliterate the single-season record for goals in MLS. With a penalty kick in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Philadelphia, Martinez has 18 goals in 20 games. He’s on pace to score 30 goals in 34 regular season games. The league record is 27, set by Chris Wondolowski with San Jose in 32 games in 2012, and tied by the New York Red Bulls&rsquo...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 0

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com and Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer discuss Atlanta United’s 2-0 against Philadelphia on Saturday.
Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 0: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Saturday’s 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Union: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Distribution was a bit off, but he led a group that posted its sixth shutout. ... Finished with three saves. Right fullback Franco Escobar, 7.5: Got back to cover the back post around the 25th minute ... Philadelphia didn’t have much success coming down his...
Atlanta United shuts out Philadelphia

Atlanta United shuts out Philadelphia

Bouncing back from its Fourth of July disappointment, Atlanta United defeated Philadelphia 2-0 on Saturday on second-half goals from Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. The victory moves Atlanta United (12-4-4) to a league-leading 40 points in  20 games. It will be at least five points ahead of the next-best team in the MLS Eastern Conference after Sunday’s games.  Perhaps most importantly...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Philadelphia

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Philadelphia

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia in Chester, Pa: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Right fullback Franco Escobar. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Left fullback Mikey Ambrose. Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz. Midfielder Julian Gressel, who had an assist in Dallas. Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron...
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