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Bello plays well in first Atlanta United start

Looking more like he was 26 years old than 16, Douglasville’s George Bello became the eighth youngest player to start a MLS match in Atlanta United’s 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Bello, one of the jewels in the U.S. national system, held his own throughout the night, tying for the team-high in tackles (4), winning six of seven duels and putting in...


Bello in Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Real Salt Lake

Bello in Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Real Salt Lake

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who will make his 29th start. Right fullback Julian Gressel, who has two goals and 13 assists. Centerback Franco Escobar, who will make his 18th start. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who will make his 28th start.
Tired Atlanta United ready to host Real Salt Lake

Tired Atlanta United ready to host Real Salt Lake

Definitely not rested, but certainly ready, Atlanta United will host Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. More than 70,000 are expected to be at the game. The roof should be open for only the second time this season.
Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. RSL

Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. RSL

In this edition of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses the factors that he thinks may affect Gerardo Martino’s stay as manager of Atlanta United.
Atlanta United completes two important rallies

Atlanta United completes two important rallies

Atlanta United’s present and future weren’t looking as great at 12:35 a.m. Thursday as they did before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Around that time Wednesday an ESPN reporter said that Gerardo Martino wasn’t going to exercise the option on his contract and would leave as manager of the the club at season’s end.
Nightmare scenario sparks Atlanta United to win

Nightmare scenario sparks Atlanta United to win

What has been described as the nightmare scenario, the Video Assistant Referee and replay system used in a few soccer leagues around the world came true on Wednesday in MLS at Avaya Stadium. And that nightmare may result in Atlanta United eventually achieving one of its dreams after rallying to win 4-3 at San Jose Wednesday.
Atlanta United offers Gerardo Martino contract

Atlanta United offers Gerardo Martino contract

Gerardo Martino said after Wednesday’s 4-3 win against San Jose that he has a received a formal contract proposal from Atlanta United to extend his stay as the team’s manager. “It’s something we are going to analyze very seriously and take our time deciding,” he said.
Atlanta United roars back to defeat San Jose

Atlanta United roars back to defeat San Jose

Atlanta United, arguably the best team in MLS, needed 95 minutes to put away San Jose, arguably the worst team in MLS, 4-3 on Wednesday. And it was a game that changed on one of the weirdest moments in the league this season.
Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. San Jose

Southern Fried Soccer: Previewing Atlanta United vs. San Jose

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares interviews with Atlanta United’s Gerardo Martino, Eric Remedi and Ezequiel Barco ahead of Wednesday’s game against San Jose at Avaya Stadium.
MLS Week 30: Ranking the games

MLS Week 30: Ranking the games

Atlanta United at San Jose, 11 p.m. Wednesday and Real Salt Lake at Atlanta United, 7 p.m. Saturday. Atlanta United should pick up six more points and really put pressure on Red Bulls in the chase for the Supporters’ Shield. Toronto at New York Red Bulls, 5 p.m. Saturday. See above. Toronto must win to keep alive its slim hopes of reaching the playoffs.
Atlanta United must stop Chris Wondolowski with MLS record in his sights

Atlanta United must stop Chris Wondolowski with MLS record in his sights

With an MLS playoff berth locked up and in control of the Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta United’s defenders can continue to fine-tune their performances for postseason challenges. After giving up three goals to D.C. United two weeks ago, the team rebounded to post its seventh shutout this season in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colorado.
Numbers that matter in Atlanta United’s season

Numbers that matter in Atlanta United’s season

Numerical notes about Atlanta United while waiting for the sun to rise in Northern California: Points earned by Atlanta United will guarantee a home playoff game. Atlanta United can clinch with a win against San Jose on Wednesday or by Philadelphia not defeating Seattle on Wednesday. Players this season have scored at least 10 goals and notched 10 assists.
MLS Power Poll: Week 29 and guess who is on top

MLS Power Poll: Week 29 and guess who is on 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 (17-5-6) Last week: 1. Result: 3-0 win at Colorado. How they got here: LWWWWDWWWLWLDWDWDWLWDWWDWWLW. - 2.
Two Atlanta United vets compliment Ralston

Two Atlanta United vets compliment Ralston

Two Atlanta United players say that Steve Ralston, named interim coach of San Jose on Monday after the team announced the firing of Mikael Stahre, is a good guy who should have a team of motivated players when the Earthquakes host the Five Stripes on Wednesday. Stahre was the third MLS manager fired this season, joining Sigi Schmid at L.A. and Jason Kreis at Orlando City.
Atlanta United has second-fewest minutes from subs, but they’re ready

Atlanta United has second-fewest minutes from subs, but they’re ready

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino admits that he doesn’t like to change personnel in the starting lineup. It’s hard to argue with his reasoning.  Atlanta United is atop the Supporters’ Shield standings with 57 points and has scored more goals than anyone in MLS (59) and has the largest goal-difference (plus-26).
San Jose fires coach ahead of Atlanta United game

San Jose fires coach ahead of Atlanta United game

Atlanta United’s task in defeating San Jose on Wednesday may have gotten easier on Monday after the Quakes reportedly fired coach Mikael Stahre. ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle posted the news. Under Stahre, 43, San Jose had just 20 points, the lowest total in the league. He will be replaced by assistant coach Steve Ralston.
Things to know about Atlanta United this week

Things to know about Atlanta United this week

Five things to know about Atlanta United this week: 1. Atlanta United defeated Colorado 3-0 on Saturday behind two goals and an assist from Miguel Almiron, two assists by Julian Gressel and a sterling return to the starting lineup by Darlington Nagbe. 2. Atlanta United’s road trip will continue with a game at struggling San Jose (4-16-8) on Wednesday.
With Nagbe back, attempt to press Atlanta United is futile

With Nagbe back, attempt to press Atlanta United is futile

Colorado came out fired up in the opening seconds of Saturday’s MLS game against Atlanta United. Pressing across the field, the Rapids wanted to force the Five Stripes, already trying to deal with the thin air and hair dryer blown heat, into an early mistake that could affect the game. Atlanta United has seen this tactic before.
Atlanta United 3, Colorado 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, Colorado 0: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s player from Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colorado: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Had to work a little bit harder in the second half than he probably would have liked to notch team’s seventh shutout.
Atlanta United ties MLS mark for road wins

Atlanta United ties MLS mark for road wins

Atlanta United views a road map more like a welcome mat. After picking up three more points on the road in a 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday, the Five Stripes’ record away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 9-3-2. There are eight teams in MLS that haven’t won that many games home and away this season.
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Colorado 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Colorado 0

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike Conti of 92.9FM and Jason Longshore of 92.9 FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday. Don’t forget to subscribe the podcast.
Almiron, Gressel lead Atlanta United past Colorado

Almiron, Gressel lead Atlanta United past Colorado

Heat and thinner air were no problem Saturday for Atlanta United, which used goals from Miguel Almiron and Hector Villalba to defeat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Three big games upcoming for Atlanta United

Three big games upcoming for Atlanta United

Playing at 5,200 feet will be a challenge. So will traveling 5,000 miles in a week. So will playing a team that is on a goal-scoring binge unlike any other in MLS history. But Atlanta United’s real challenge in playing at Colorado and then at San Jose and then at home against Real Salt Lake won’t be the elevation, travel or quality of opponent.
Nagbe will travel with Atlanta United

Nagbe will travel with Atlanta United

Atlanta United midfielder Darlington Nagbe, who just this week resumed training with the team after a long injury layoff, will travel with the squad to its upcoming games at Colorado on Saturday and at San Jose on Sept. 19. Nagbe, who suffered a strained adductor in a draw with Portland in June, will be one of 22 players who will travel, manager Gerardo Martino said on Thursday.
Martino said conversations ongoing about returning to Atlanta United

Martino said conversations ongoing about returning to Atlanta United

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Thursday said no national federations have reached out to him regarding their managerial vacancies. His denial refutes numerous reports in past weeks tying him to openings for the U.S., Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, which he managed in 2014-16.
Atlanta United vs. Colorado: 4 questions

Atlanta United vs. Colorado: 4 questions

Atlanta United (16-5-6), favorites to win the MLS Cup, will play at Colorado (6-15-6), which is on the verge of being eliminated from playoff consideration, on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Commerce City, Colo. The game will be the first in eight days for the Five Stripes.
Trophies, not records, are Atlanta United’s focus

Trophies, not records, are Atlanta United’s focus

Trophies, not records, are the focus of Atlanta United’s players as the MLS season continues to wind down. Starting at Colorado on Saturday, the Five Stripes have seven games remaining. With 54 points and a game in hand, Atlanta United trails the New York Red Bulls by one point both in the East and in the Supporters’ Shield standings.
Atlanta United’s Martino denies conversations with Argentinian soccer team

Atlanta United’s Martino denies conversations with Argentinian soccer team

In the seemingly never-ending cycle of soccer news/not news from South America, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino told a Colombian radio station on Tuesday that he has not had any discussions with the Argentina Football Association about its managerial vacancy.
Southern Fried Soccer: Talking Tata and Atlanta United’s best 11

Southern Fried Soccer: Talking Tata and Atlanta United’s best 11

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses which players he thinks forms Atlanta United’s best 11, the future of manager Gerardo Martino amid reports that he has had discussions with the Argentina Football Association about returning as its manager, and the U.S. men’s national team’s style.
Atlanta United’s Nagbe returns to training

Atlanta United’s Nagbe returns to training

Darlington Nagbe trained with Atlanta United on Tuesday at the team’s facility in Marietta. The midfielder hasn’t played since sustaining an adductor injury in a 1-1 draw with Portland on June 24. He was expected to miss 2-3 months. Acquired in a trade with Portland before the season, Nagbe has 17 starts with three assists this season.
MLS Power Poll: Week 28 results are in

MLS Power Poll: Week 28 results are in

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 (16-5-6) Last week: 1. Result: Did not play. How they got here: LWWWWDWWWLWLDWDWDWLWDWWDWWL. - 2.
Atlanta United clinches MLS playoff spot

Atlanta United clinches MLS playoff spot

Atlanta United earned a spot in the MLS playoffs because of results in last week’s games. The Five Stripes, who were off as were all but seven of the league’s teams, secured one of the six playoff spots in the Eastern Conference after D.C. United and NYCFC tied, 1-1. It is the second consecutive season that Atlanta United will appear in the playoffs.
Atlanta United’s Martinez honored by MLS

Atlanta United’s Martinez honored by MLS

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez was named the MLS Player of the Month for August. It was the second consecutive month he received the award. Martinez broke the league’s single-season scoring record when he netted his 28th goal in a 2-1 win victory at Orlando City. That goal was one of four, along with one assist, that he scored in three matches in the month.
MLS playoff schedule set

MLS playoff schedule set

The MLS Cup will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, the league announced on Wednesday. It will be televised on FOX and Unimas. The playoffs will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 29. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 31, times TBD. Nov. 4, first leg, times TBD. Nov. 11, second leg, times TBD. Nov. 25, first leg, times TBD. Nov. 29, second leg, times TBD. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta United’s Martinez, Williams receive international call-ups

Atlanta United’s Martinez, Williams receive international call-ups

Atlanta United strikers Josef Martinez and Romario Williams received international call-ups for the upcoming FIFA window, the team announced Monday. Martinez, of Venezuela, and Williams, of Jamaica, will represent their respective senior national teams for matches from Friday to Sept. 11. » More: Martino defends Barco following D.C.
Martino defends Barco after Atlanta United loss

Martino defends Barco after Atlanta United loss

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino defended Ezequiel Barco’s play on Sunday following Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to D.C. United at Audi Field. Barco, 19, hit the post with a shot in the first half, committed a foul that led to a penalty kick and D.C.
Bello a bright spot for Atlanta United in loss

Bello a bright spot for Atlanta United in loss

George Bello earning his first MLS minutes was a bright spot in Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss at D.C. United  on Sunday. The 16-year-old native of Douglasville entered the game in the 76th minute in place of Hector Villalba with Atlanta United trailing 2-1. “It was a blessing,
D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 1: Player ratings

D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Sunday’s 3-1 loss to D.C. United at Audi Field: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 6: Came up big early, punching away a corner and then smothering a through ball when his team failed to clear its lines. ... Couldn’t have done much on D.C. United’s first two goals, but probably could have done better on the third goal. Three goals...
Southern Fried Soccer:  D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 1

Southern Fried Soccer:  D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 1

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com and Mike Conti of 92.9FM discuss Sunday’s 3-1 loss by Atlanta United to D.C. United at Audi Field. In the episode, they discuss Ezequiel Barco’s performance, what D.C.
Atlanta United’s Martino explains cuss heard on broadcast

Atlanta United’s Martino explains cuss heard on broadcast

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino was caught on camera saying an expletive - the F-word - toward D.C. United’s bench during Sunday’s 3-1 loss at Audi Field. Martino said members of both team’s benches began arguing with each other after Miguel Almiron was fouled near midfield.
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