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From Portland to Atlanta United, Nagbe still rolling

Darlington Nagbe wouldn’t be the player he is for Atlanta United without the experience he gained during seven years in Portland, where he became one of the best midfielders in the U.S. On Sunday, he will face the Timbers for the first time since he was traded from gritty and cool Providence Park to shiny and sleek Mercedes-Benz Stadium in December. Typically understated, Nagbe said he&rsquo...
MLS Week 17: Ranking the games

MLS Week 17: Ranking the games

1. Portland at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m. Sunday. This is going to be interesting because the Timbers’ defense isn’t easy to crack. Though Atlanta United leads the league in goals, it hasn’t scored more than two goals against a team with 10 men since it beat Montreal 4-1 on April 28. 2. Dallas at New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m. Saturday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these two teams playing...
Martino: I’ll pick fair MLS All-Star game roster

Martino: I’ll pick fair MLS All-Star game roster

The good news about All-Star games in any sport is that players get a chance to go against the best players in their league or sport. The bad news about All-Star games is players have to play. Therefore, as what happened to Atlanta United’s Greg Garza in last year’s game in Chicago, they risk injury. Garza suffered a shoulder injury in the first few minutes of the game against Real Madrid...
Atlanta United not worried about recent home results

Atlanta United not worried about recent home results

With two important home games coming, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino didn’t seem too concerned Friday that the team has lost three of its past four games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team is 5-2-1 in the $1.5 billion stadium, but has been beaten by Chicago 1-0 on Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup, lost to New York Red Bulls 3-1 on May 20 and 2-0 to Sporting KC on May 9. Its lone win was...
Atlanta United’s Martinez will wear protective mask for 6 weeks

Atlanta United’s Martinez will wear protective mask for 6 weeks

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez is expected to wear a protective mask for the next six weeks, starting with Sunday’s game against Portland at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez suffered a broken nose while scoring a goal last week at Columbus. “When you score a goal, everything’s worth it,” he said. The mask he wears during training is made of clear plastic. He said he is...
Atlanta United vs. Portland: Three questions

Atlanta United vs. Portland: Three questions

Atlanta United will host Portland on Sunday in the marquee game in MLS. Kick is at 4:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes lead MLS with 33 points. The Timbers are in sixth in the West with 22 points. Jamie Goldberg is the lead soccer reporter at The Oregonian. She has covered the Portland Timbers since 2013. She answered three questions about the game: Q. The Timbers went winless in...
Sorting through some 2026 World Cup questions

Sorting through some 2026 World Cup questions

Soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, voted last week to play the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada. And while the announcement raised much excitement in North American soccer circles, it left open questions that won’t be fully answered for years. Here are some of them that affect Atlanta: Sixteen North American cities – at least 10 in the U.S. &ndash...
Atlanta United turns attention to trying to win MLS Cup

Atlanta United turns attention to trying to win MLS Cup

Though some of Atlanta United’s supporters may still be fuming over roster choices made by manager Gerardo Martino in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Chicago in the U.S. Open Cup, he and the team don’t have time to analyze because the league schedule is about to re-start. After enjoying a short break for the World Cup, MLS gets going again this weekend with the marquee game being Atlanta...
Southern Fried Soccer: Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Chicago 1, Atlanta United 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 discuss Atlanta United’s 1-0 loss to Chicago in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0: Player ratings

Chicago 1, Atlanta United 0: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Chicago in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 7: Save on the line in the 17th minute. ... Finished with two saves, according to the official boxscore, which is wrong. He had at least three. Distribution was good. Right fullback Sal Zizzo, 6: Created one chance and handled...
Atlanta United sets U.S. Open Cup attendance record, loses game

Atlanta United sets U.S. Open Cup attendance record, loses game

For the second consecutive season, Atlanta United failed to advance past the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup. A goal from Nemanja Nikolic was enough to push Chicago past the Five Stripes 1-0 on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of a record crowd. With a chance at winning their first trophy over after two tournament games, Atlanta United will turn its attention back to MLS, where it leads...
Atlanta United ready for U.S. Open Cup fifth round

Atlanta United ready for U.S. Open Cup fifth round

United will attempt on Wednesday to do something it didn’t do last year: advance to the sixth round of the U.S. Open Cup. On a humid night in southern Florida, Atlanta United was bounced by Miami, an NASL team that was dominating its league, 3-2 on a goal in the last minute in the fifth round of last year’s tournament. This year, Atlanta United will play in the comfortable confines of...
Martino mum on Remedi-to-Atlanta United report

Martino mum on Remedi-to-Atlanta United report

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he read a report tying the club to midfielder Eric Remedi, but at the moment “there’s nothing to comment on.” “But I read the same thing,” he said. Remedi is a 23-year-old Argentinian who plays as a defensive midfielder for Banfield in his native country. The club is reportedly set to pay $2 million for the player. There are...
Atlanta United’s Martinez status for U.S. Open Cup not decided

Atlanta United’s Martinez status for U.S. Open Cup not decided

Josef Martinez’s status for Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup against Chicago will be decided soon, according to manager Gerardo Martino. Martinez, who leads MLS with 14 goals, suffered a broken nose while scoring during last week’s 2-0 win at Columbus. Martino said they weighing possibly using the Venezuelan on Wednesday in the fifth round of the tournament, which will be played...
Donovan’s ad met differently by Atlanta United’s players

Donovan’s ad met differently by Atlanta United’s players

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino downplayed the controversy surrounding an advertisement featuring Landon Donovan expressing support for Mexico, the United States’ biggest rival in soccer, in the World Cup. Donovan is considered one of the greatest players in U.S. history. He has 157 appearances for the U.S. men’s national team and scored 57 goals. He was named the U.S. Soccer Athlete...
Atlanta United: 5 things to know this week

Atlanta United: 5 things to know this week

Here are five things to know about Atlanta United this week: 1. The team enters Week 17 still atop the Supporters’ Shield standings in MLS with 33 points. Josef Martinez leads the race for the Golden Boot with 14 goals. Atlanta United also leads the league in goals scored (33) and is tied for second in goal difference (plus-14). It is also dominating the All-Star voting, which closes 11:55 p...
Atlanta United dominating MLS All-Star voting

Atlanta United dominating MLS All-Star voting

Atlanta United supporters are stuffing the digital ballot box for MLS All-Star voting. In running totals released by the league on Friday, eight Atlanta United players are among the top vote-receivers at their respective positions. Polls will close 11:55 p.m. PST on June 20. The All-Star game will be Aug. 1 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team will be managed by Atlanta United&rsquo...
Atlanta United’s Martinez suffers broken nose

Atlanta United’s Martinez suffers broken nose

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez is day-to-day after suffering a broken nose after scoring in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Columbus. The team confirmed the injury, suspected by manager Gerardo Martino, on Friday. The availability of the striker, who leads MLS with 14 goals, will be determined by how much pain he is experiencing. Atlanta United will host Chicago on Wednesday in the U...
Atlanta United excited about 2026 World Cup

Atlanta United excited about 2026 World Cup

Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan remembers watching the 1994 World Cup while growing up in Chicago. With Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S., Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup, Guzan is looking forward to sharing new experiences in the sport with his children. That’s just one of the benefits that a few of Atlanta United’s players and manager Gerardo Martino...
Atlanta United has dominated opponents on the road

Atlanta United has dominated opponents on the road

With Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Columbus, Atlanta United has more road wins this season (five) than it had last season. And it will have nine more chances to improve upon that total. Six of those matches will come against teams that are below the red line. Atlanta United leads the league with 33 points, 17 coming from the road where it has a better record (5-1-2) than it does at home (5-2-1)...
Leadoff: Mercedes-Benz Stadium will need real grass for World Cup

Leadoff: Mercedes-Benz Stadium will need real grass for World Cup

If Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosts World Cup matches in eight years, as seems highly likely, a natural-grass playing surface will have to be installed for the occasion.  The home stadium of the Falcons and Atlanta United has artificial turf because the decision was made during the design process that grass couldn’t thrive long-term under the retractable roof and heavy events schedule. But the...
Georgia Soccer names its all-time top 50

Georgia Soccer names its all-time top 50

As part of its 50th anniversary, Georgia Soccer released a list of the top 50 players who have played in the state. The players were nominated by members of Georgia Soccer and the finals were chosen by the members of a committee. The list: Alec Kann Andrew Carleton Andrew Wolverton Blake Wagner Boris Jerkunica Brian West Charlie Morgan Cheyna Williams Chris Duvall Chris Faklaris Chris Goslin Chris...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Columbus 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Columbus 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 discuss Atlanta United’s 2-0 win against Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium. » More: Josef Martinez may have broken nose
Atlanta United 2, Columbus: Player ratings

Atlanta United 2, Columbus: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Huge save of Gyasi Zardes in the 51st minute. ... Another close-range save in the 72nd minute. ... Finished with three saves. Right fullback Franco Escobar, 7: Helped the team post its fourth shutout this season. ... Tied for a team-high four tackles. Centerback...
Atlanta United’s Villalba happy to return

Atlanta United’s Villalba happy to return

After scoring a goal in his first game in several weeks to help Atlanta United defeat Columbus 2-0 on Wednesday, Hector Villalba confirmed that he is trying to switch his nationality for soccer from Argentina to Paraguay. Villalba said he is making the switch for his family. He grew up in Buenos Aires, Arg. where he said many of his neighbors were Paraguayan and spoke Guarani. He also speaks Guarani...
Martinez, Villalba lead Atlanta United to win

Martinez, Villalba lead Atlanta United to win

Josef Martinez’s MLS-leading 14th goal and another solid performance by goalkeeper Brad Guzan were enough to lift Atlanta United to a 2-0 victory over Columbus on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium. Martinez’s goal came with a price: he knocked heads with Artur and was later subbed off to start the second half. He may have a broken nose. Hector Villalba notched the second goal. The victory...
Atlanta United’s Martinez may have broken nose

Atlanta United’s Martinez may have broken nose

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez may have suffered a broken nose in the first half of Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium. Martinez, after scoring his league-leading 14th goal in the 30th minute in the first half, was subbed off at halftime because he couldn’t breathe, according to manager Gerardo Martino. Martinez and Columbus’ Artur knocked heads on the...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium includes one (I think) big surprise: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, with his 15th start this season. Right fullback Franco Escobar, with his eighth start this season. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, with his 14th start. Left fullback Mike Ambrose, with his fourth start...
2026 World Cup headed to North America (and likely Atlanta)

2026 World Cup headed to North America (and likely Atlanta)

The World Cup is coming to North America -- and a key part of it perhaps to Atlanta -- in eight years.  Member nations of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, voted Wednesday in Moscow to play the 2026 men’s World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The three nations combined on a joint bid to host the tournament, one of the world’s largest sporting events, and defeated...
MLS Week 16: Ranking the games

MLS Week 16: Ranking the games

Atlanta United at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The two Eastern Conference powerhouses meet. The Five Stripes may be without Miguel Almiron. The Crew may be without Wil Trapp and Zack Steffen. Dallas at Sporting KC, 9 p.m. Saturday. Woohoo! This should be a defensive gem between the West’s two best teams, and I like defensive gems. L.A. Galaxy at Portland, 11 p.m. Friday. The...
Atlanta United’s Annan will coach MLS Homegrowns in big game

Atlanta United’s Annan will coach MLS Homegrowns in big game

Atlanta United academy director Tony Annan will manage the MLS team in the Homegrown Game, which be played against Tigres UANL, as part of the MLS All-Star Week. The game will be played at 8 p.m. July 31 at Atlanta United’s training ground in Marietta. It will be broadcast live on Univision Deportes and streamed live on Twitter. Last year’s Homegrown Game in Chicago included Atlanta United&rsquo...
Stopping Zardes, Higuain key for Atlanta United

Stopping Zardes, Higuain key for Atlanta United

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino knows this about defending Columbus striker Gyasi Zardes and playmaker Federico Higuain. Stopping them doesn’t start in Atlanta United’s penalty box, a well-worn place after last week’s game at NYCFC. No, Martino, his staff and Atlanta United’s players must focus on the 70 yards before the penalty box because that’s where the trouble...
Atlanta United vs. Columbus: Three questions

Atlanta United vs. Columbus: Three questions

Atlanta United will play at Columbus on Wednesday in what will likely be their final trip to MAPFRE Stadium. Though it seems likely the Crew will eventually relocate to Austin, Texas, it has ignored the uncertainty and is continuing to play excellent soccer. Gregg Berhalter’s team has the respect of Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino and his players, who have repeatedly complimented their...
Leadoff: Atlanta has vested interest in 2026 World Cup vote

Leadoff: Atlanta has vested interest in 2026 World Cup vote

Atlanta’s sports-business community will be paying close attention to the outcome of  Wednesday’s vote by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, on where to play the 2026 World Cup.  There are two bids on the ballot: a joint United States/Mexico/Canada bid and a competing bid from Morocco. The vote by FIFA’s member nations will be held in Moscow on the eve of...
MLS Power Poll: Week 15 results

MLS Power Poll: Week 15 results

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. Atlanta United (9-3-3) Last week: 1. Result: 1-1 draw at NYCFC. They didn’t look the better team, but a point at Yankee Stadium isn’t bad....
Atlanta United’s Almiron uncertain for Columbus game

Atlanta United’s Almiron uncertain for Columbus game

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino wasn’t sure on Monday if Miguel Almiron will play in  Wednesday’s pivotal MLS Eastern Conference game at Columbus. However, he strongly indicated that Almiron will return for the U.S. Open Cup match against Chicago next Wednesday. Almiron sustained an injury to his left shoulder during the second minute of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at NYCFC....
Guzan: Atlanta United needs to improve against Columbus

Guzan: Atlanta United needs to improve against Columbus

There have been times that, while playing with 11 men, Atlanta United has been outplayed by its opponents. Never before has it been dominated for as long a stretch as it was by NYCFC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. That the Five Stripes salvaged a 1-1 draw despite being outshot 25-6 is a credit to goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who made a club-record nine saves of all varieties, nine in the second half. Atlanta...
Atlanta United, 1 NYCFC 1: What was said

Atlanta United, 1 NYCFC 1: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 1-1 draw with NYCFC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday:  On only getting one point…  “It was a hard point and unfair, it's probably the first point we've taken without deserving it.”   On why the point was undeserved…  “Because I think New York was the better team in the second half, up until Josef&rsquo...
Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Saturday’s game against NYCFC at Yankee Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8:  Made a club-record 10 saves in facing 25 shots. ... Man of the Match in an easy choice. ... Big stop on a breakaway in the 28th minute. ... Another save in the 31st minute when he pushed a deflected shot over the crossbar. ... Saved a shot from David Villa...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 1

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 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 with NYCFC at Yankee Stadium.
Atlanta United holds on for 1-1 draw with NYCFC

Atlanta United holds on for 1-1 draw with NYCFC

Another goal by striker Josef Martinez and a record-setting day by  goalkeeper Brad Guzan were enough for Atlanta United to secure a 1-1 draw with NYCFC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Martinez scored his league-leading 13th goal on a header early in the second half, and Guzan made it enough to split the points with nine saves, breaking the previous club record of seven set by Alec Kann against...
Martino said he doesn’t think Almiron’s injury is serious

Martino said he doesn’t think Almiron’s injury is serious

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he doesn’t think the shoulder injury sustained by Miguel Almiron in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with NYCFC at Yankee Stadium is serious, but they’ll know more in the next few hours. Almiron was subbed out at the beginning of the second half of Saturday’s game at NYCFC. He was replaced by Romario Williams. Almiron sustained an injury...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC

Atanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against NYCFC in Yankee Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Centerback Franco Escobar, who also started Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Charleston in the U.S. Open Cup. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, part of a group that has allowed just 18 goals. Right wingback Julian Gressel, ...
Atlanta United relieved to stay at home in U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

Atlanta United relieved to stay at home in U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

After a convincing 3-0 drubbing of Charleston Battery in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Atlanta United have their next opponent in the domestic tournament. The Five Stripes will face off against Chicago Fire on June 20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Round of 16. And for manager Gerardo Martino the location is just as important – if not more important – than the opponent...
Atlanta United hopeful Villalba will be available Saturday

Atlanta United hopeful Villalba will be available Saturday

Ahead of arguably its most challenging game of the season, Atlanta United is hopeful its attack will be at full strength. Hector Villalba – who has missed time throughout the season – went through training Friday and if all goes as planned, should be available for Saturday’s bout with New York City FC. “We’re going to see today,” Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino...
Atlanta United hopes to have learned lessons from last year of NYCFC, small field

Atlanta United hopes to have learned lessons from last year of NYCFC, small field

When Atlanta United heads to Yankee Stadium to play New York City FC on Saturday, the task will be large and the margin for error will be small. Almost as small as the field. “It’s a small field,” said defender Sal Zizzo on Friday morning. “Obviously it’s not that much fun to play on a field like that, but that’s what you’ve got to do.” How small, exactly?...
Even without U.S. involvement, the World Cup absolutely matters

Even without U.S. involvement, the World Cup absolutely matters

Four years ago, this nation began to embrace the event that, for those in every other country, had long been a shared experience. We in these United States got interested in the World Cup, largely because the U.S. team survived its Group of Death to reach the Round of 16, where it succumbed in extra time to Belgium.  That the U.S. won’t partake in the 2018 World Cup, which opens Thursday...
Q&A: Atlanta United’s Carlos Bocanegra on fan support and coming matches 

Q&A: Atlanta United’s Carlos Bocanegra on fan support and coming matches 

Before Atlanta United won three of the six categories at the Atlanta Sports Awards on Thursday night, the AJC caught up with the team’s vice president, Carlos Bocanegra, to talk about support from fans, the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup and the next two games on the schedule.  A. Yeah, it’s been great. The whole city has gotten behind us. We really wanted to reach out to the community...
Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: 3 questions

Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: 3 questions

Atlanta United will play at NYCFC on Saturday in a huge game not only for the MLS Eastern Conference, but the league itself. The Five Stripes lead the league in points (29), while NYCFC has 27. The teams feature dynamic, respected managers in Gerardo Martino and Patrick Vieira. The teams feature prolific scorers in Josef Martinez and David Villa. The teams feature underrated defenses led by Brad Guzan...
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