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MLS Power Poll: Week 12

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. New York Red Bulls (7-3-0) Last week: 2. Result: 3-1 win at Atlanta United. I wish the Red Bulls and Atlanta United could play without officiating....
PRO answers questions about Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls

PRO answers questions about Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls

The Professional Referee Organization answered questions about refereeing decisions made during Sunday’s game between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Yes, the (replay system) was properly used as all incidents in the Attacking Possession Phase (APP) are checked leading to a goal, penalty or Denial of Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO) red card. On the play...
Martino, Atlanta United critical of MLS officiating

Martino, Atlanta United critical of MLS officiating

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino’s right leg was practically vibrating in agitation under the table as he said some of the 800 words focused on the officiating in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martino has never held back from criticizing the officials in his 47 regular season games in charge of the Five Stripes. But he unloaded on Sunday...
Southern Fried Soccer: New York Red Bulls 3, Atlanta United 1

Southern Fried Soccer: New York Red Bulls 3, Atlanta United 1

In this episode of the soccer podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta United gored by New York Red Bulls

Atlanta United gored by New York Red Bulls

More controversial officiating combined with some poor defending resulted in Atlanta United falling to New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In a battle of early MLS MVP candidates, New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two goals, and played a role in another, to Miguel Almiron’s none to hand the Five Stripes their second consecutive loss at home in front of 45...
Atlanta United expects intensity from Red Bulls

Atlanta United expects intensity from Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls may be the most intense opponent that Atlanta United will face this season, according to manager Gerardo Martino, when the teams meet Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “They are an intense team on the whole field: playing, pressing, defending, everything they do,” Martino said.  Atlanta United leads MLS in points this season (25), as well as goals scored (25)...
Atlanta United’s Almiron’s MVP candidacy began a year ago

Atlanta United’s Almiron’s MVP candidacy began a year ago

Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron is the front-runner to be named the MVP of MLS this season. “Absolutely, absolutely,” Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said. Though man-marked at least, double-teamed typically, the Paraguayan speedster is a black-and-red blur, running away from the added attention to notch six goals with five assists in helping the Five Stripes to...
Who should be considered favorite for MLS MVP?

Who should be considered favorite for MLS MVP?

Which player is the front-runner to win MLS MVP as we reach Round 12, or near one-third, of the season? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson discusses the merits of Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron, Columbus’ Gyasi Zardes and New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips, with a nod to LAFC’s Carlos Vela, in this video on the Facebook Live page, Atlanta United...
Atlanta United’s McCann, Escobar out for NYRB

Atlanta United’s McCann, Escobar out for NYRB

Neither Chris McCann nor Franco Escobar will be eligible for Atlanta United’s 18 for Sunday’s game against New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. McCann is recovering from a hamstring strain sustained before the Chicago game two weeks ago. Escobar is recovering from a chest injury sustained during that game. McCann resumed individual workouts earlier this week. Escobar did some work...
Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. New York Red Bulls

Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. New York Red Bulls

Who will start for Atlanta United when it hosts the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? That depends upon which formation manager Gerardo Martino chooses to use: the 3-5-2 formation in which the team is undefeated in nine games, going 8-0-1, or the 4-3-3 in which the team is 0-2. The difference in the two formations is that 3-5-2 replaces a midfielder with a defender. That midfielder...
Atlanta United’s defense shutting down opponents’ best

Atlanta United’s defense shutting down opponents’ best

Atlanta United has become particularly proficient in not just reducing the influence of an opponent’s best attacking player, but in taking them entirely out of the game. In six of the past seven games, some of the league’s better attacking players haven’t been able to find a way over, around or through the red-and-black (or peach) wall that Atlanta United has developed in either...
Video: Falcao to Atlanta United? No. Here’s why

Video: Falcao to Atlanta United? No. Here’s why

In this video on Atlanta United News Now, a Facebook Live page, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson explains why the rumors of Atlanta United’s alleged interest in Radamel Falcao don’t make sense.
Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls: Three questions

Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls: Three questions

Atlanta United (8-2-1) will host New York Red Bulls (6-3-0) on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a game of two of the best teams in the MLS Eastern Conference this season. Michael Lewis (@SoccerWriter), one of the best in the business, answered three questions about Sunday’s matchup: Q. After their final meeting last season, Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch accused Atlanta United manager Gerardo...
Kick this: Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls rematch will be spicy

Kick this: Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls rematch will be spicy

There is drama, perhaps obscured in the background now, that nonetheless surrounds the Atlanta United’s match against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. Call in Kick-Gate Part II. Beyond a battle of two of the top teams in the MLS Eastern Conference, there is the matter of the pointed accusations made against Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino by New York manager Jesse Marsch last season...
Atlanta United’s Almiron loves it here, still dreams of Europe

Atlanta United’s Almiron loves it here, still dreams of Europe

Yes, Miguel Almiron still loves playing for Atlanta United and living in the city. Yes, he still hopes to one day play in Europe. Because the transfer window for leagues in England opens on Thursday and the MLS transfer window opens on July 10, Almiron was asked Wednesday  if there was anything new regarding long-standing rumors of interest in him from clubs in Europe. He said no. “I&rsquo...
MLS Week 12: Ranking the games

MLS Week 12: Ranking the games

New York Red Bulls at Atlanta United, 7 p.m. Sunday: The Five Stripes’ tough stretch continues with a game that should features lots of goals and attacking play. Atlanta United has become very good at not just shutting out, but shutting down, the other team’s top scorer in the past 12 months. Can they do the same against Bradley Wright-Phillips? Orlando City at Toronto, 8 p.m. Friday...
Atlanta United’s Robinson shines in second start

Atlanta United’s Robinson shines in second start

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino usually seems bemused when asked if younger players on the MLS team are going to make the 18 on game days. His answer almost always includes the player’s age. It’s a soft exclamation point and rebuke that this is a professional league with important stakes, so he will players that he feels are ready. One of those players, 21-year-old defender Miles...
MLS Power Poll: Week 11

MLS Power Poll: Week 11

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 (8-2-1) Last week: 1 Result: 2-0 loss to Sporting KC and 2-1 win at Orlando City Not a bad week for the Five Stripes, which were described...
Barco growing with Atlanta United

Barco growing with Atlanta United

Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco said he’s feeling more comfortable with every game in MLS. With two goals in the past three games, including one in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Orlando City, the 19-year-old Argentinian’s actions are proving his words. “It's important for us to keep getting these points to stay up at the top of the table and just to keep getting better,"...
What Atlanta United said after 2-1 win over Orlando City

What Atlanta United said after 2-1 win over Orlando City

What Atlanta United said following a 2-1 win over Orlando City on Sunday: On the six points in a difficult stretch of games: “It could have been nine points in a week if in the other game we had a little better officiating and if we had played 11 on 11." On Miles Robinson’s second start: “As I said after the LAFC game, he’s ready. He’s a player who's improved a lot...
Orlando City fans take center stage for wrong reason

Orlando City fans take center stage for wrong reason

Orlando City issued a statement regarding the behavior of some of its supporters, who threw hundreds of plastic bottles and cans onto the field near the end of Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. The loss snapped Orlando City’s six-game win streak and extended Atlanta United’s unbeaten streak against the Lions to four games. The statement read: “Orlando City SC does not support...
Atlanta United 2, Orlando City 1: Man of the match

Atlanta United 2, Orlando City 1: Man of the match

My choice for Atlanta United’s man of the match from Sunday’s 2-1 win against Orlando City: Why? His run into the penalty box forced Orlando City’s Cristian Higuita to pull him down, which resulted in a penalty kick that was converted by Josef Martinez for the game’s first goal. Garza then added an assist on Ezequiel Barco’s goal that gave Atlanta United a 2-0 lead. It...
Atlanta United defeats Orlando City

Atlanta United defeats Orlando City

Atlanta United remained unbeaten against Orlando City with a 2-1 victory on Sunday. Goals from Josef Martinez and Ezequiel Barco in the first half were enough to improve the Five Stripes to 2-0-2 against the Lions in the beginnings of an MLS rivalry in front of 24,232 at a rainy Orlando City Stadium. The victory snapped Orlando City’s six-game win streak and also keeps Atlanta United (8-2-1)...
Atlanta United ready for red-hot Orlando

Atlanta United ready for red-hot Orlando

Because of Atlanta United’s loss Wednesday, some steam was taken out of Sunday’s game against surging Orlando City. Instead of a team unbeaten in nine games facing a team riding a six-game win streak, supporters of both teams as well as MLS will have to settle for a game featuring two teams that are still playing very well and two fan bases that have developed a large helping of vitriol...
Atlanta United vs. Orlando City: 4 questions

Atlanta United vs. Orlando City: 4 questions

Atlanta United, (7-2-1) will visit Orlando City (6-2-1) at 6 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised on FS1 and can be heard on 92.9FM. Orlando City has won six consecutive games. Atlanta United’s eight-game unbeaten streak was snapped in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC.  Jordan Culver of the Orlando Sentinel answered three questions about the matchup, with a fourth, bonus question...
Atlanta United’s Martino praises work done in 4-3-3

Atlanta United’s Martino praises work done in 4-3-3

Though they were only on the field together for 34 minutes, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he liked what he saw from Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba, Ezequiel Barco and Miguel Almiron in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC. It was the first time the group of strikers and midfielders were on the field together at the same time this season. They were broken up when Martino was forced...
3 key players out for Atlanta United vs. Orlando City

3 key players out for Atlanta United vs. Orlando City

Atlanta United defenders Franco Escobar (chest) and Chris McCann (hamstring) will not participate in Sunday’s game against Orlando City, manager Gerardo Martino said Friday. McCann has missed the past two games, a 2-1 win at Chicago and 2-0 loss to Sporting KC because of the hamstring. Escobar suffered his injury in the second half of the Chicago game. He also missed the Sporting KC game. Additionally...
Head of officials’ opinion on disallowed Atlanta United goal ...

Head of officials’ opinion on disallowed Atlanta United goal ...

Howard Webb, general manager of the Professional Referees Organization,  said that referee Mark Geiger made the correct call in disallowing Josef Martinez’s goal in Atlanta United’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The debate, which is ongoing on social media a day later, revolves around Martinez scoring after a pass from Ezequiel Barco was...
Atlanta United’s Tata Martino found peace, joy coaching 4,828 miles from home

Atlanta United’s Tata Martino found peace, joy coaching 4,828 miles from home

Tata Martino looks tanned and rested and alarmingly stress-free for a manager in the middle of his team’s season. This is what happens when a man is plucked out of a soccer fishbowl like Argentina and set down in a training facility in Marietta, two miles from the Big Chicken, which, by the way, Martino had never heard of before being asked about it by a slightly off-center sports columnist...
Almiron highest-paid Atlanta United player

Almiron highest-paid Atlanta United player

Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco has guaranteed compensation of $1,425,000 this season, according to salaries for all players on MLS teams released by the Players Association on Thursday. Barco, the most expensive transfer in MLS history with a reported transfer fee of $15 million, has one goal this season in five appearances. He isn’t the highest-paid player on Atlanta United. Miguel...
Atlanta United’s Christensen ready if needed against Orlando City

Atlanta United’s Christensen ready if needed against Orlando City

Sorry, grandma. Atlanta United may take on its biggest rival Orlando City with a goalkeeper who is so unfailingly polite that he apologized to his grandmother that he didn’t get a chance to tell her that he was going to play in Wednesday’s game against Sporting KC. Paul Christensen may not be as intimidating in goal as the hulking Brad Guzan, but his Atlanta United teammates say that he...
What Atlanta United had to say after loss to Sporting KC

What Atlanta United had to say after loss to Sporting KC

What Atlanta United said after a 2-0 loss to Sporting KC Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. On 4-2-3-1 formation: “We decided to play in this formation because of the style that Kansas City plays.They are a team that likes to build out the back. We knew that if we played in our 4-2-3-1 system that we had to pressure those guys one-on-one all the way up the field, and if we had stuck with...
Atlanta United falls, but I still like its chances in a rematch

Atlanta United falls, but I still like its chances in a rematch

Obviously bored by the sheer ease of recent victories, numbed by the effortless climb to first place, Atlanta United decided to challenge itself Wednesday. Hmmm, this loaded team wondered, how to make things interesting? Play blindfolded? Dress out in penny loafers? Perhaps engage in a drinking game – everybody shoot an Irish Car Bomb each time a player falls to the turf, feigning agony? ...
Southern Fried Soccer: Sporting KC 2, Atlanta United 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Sporting KC 2, Atlanta United 0

In this episode of the podcast, “Southern Fried Soccer,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Sporting KC 2, Atlanta United 0: By the numbers

Sporting KC 2, Atlanta United 0: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: 1 Red card given to goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the first half following a tackle of Khiry Shelton. - 1st Red card Guzan has received as an MLS player and he believes it’s the first of his career. - 1 Goal disallowed because Josef Martinez was offside. - 1st MLS appearance for fourth-string...
Referee explains Atlanta United’s disallowed goal

Referee explains Atlanta United’s disallowed goal

There was controversy in Atlanta United’s 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday when an early goal was disallowed by an offsides call on Josef Martinez. On the play, a pass from Ezequiel Barco was touched by Sporting KC’s Jimmy Medranda backward to Martinez, who was offside. Because the pass was last touched by a defender, it was presumed that it didn’t matter if Martinez was in an...
Atlanta United’s unbeaten streak ends with loss to KC

Atlanta United’s unbeaten streak ends with loss to KC

A goal wiped away after a video review and a red card given to Brad Guzan were enough to end Atlanta United’s eight-game unbeaten streak in a 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In a game billed as a possible MLS Cup preview between the team with the most points in the East against the best team in the West, Daniel Salloi’s goal in the 67th minute proved the...
MLS Week 11: Ranking the games

MLS Week 11: Ranking the games

Sporting KC at Atlanta United, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A possible MLS Cup preview. Atlanta United at Orlando City, 6 p.m. Sunday. And this is an Eastern Conference final possible preview. NYCFC at LAFC, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. As odd as this may sound, this is also a possible MLS Cup preview. Seattle at Portland, 4 p.m. Sunday. This is not a Western Conference final possible preview....
Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Sporting KC

Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Sporting KC

The 3-5-2 or the 4-3-3, which formation will Atlanta United use tonight when it hosts Sporting KC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? The team is unbeaten in eight games using the 3-5-2, including last week’s 2-1 win against Chicago. So…there’s that. And that’s important. But there are two factors that may necessitate a one-time change.  The first is the team has another game on...
Atlanta United vs. Sporting KC: Three questions

Atlanta United vs. Sporting KC: Three questions

Atlanta United (7-1-1) will host Sporting KC (6-2-2) on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a battle between the top team in the East and the best from the West. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) of the Kansas City Star answered three questions about the game: Q. Is Wednesday a possible MLS cup preview? A. Possible? Sure. If you’re into power rankings, it makes sense...
MLS Cup not on the line for Atlanta United ... yet

MLS Cup not on the line for Atlanta United ... yet

The MLS Cup is not on the line ... but it could be in seven months. Atlanta United hosts Sporting KC, the best in the East versus the best in the West, on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The importance of the next three matches is not limited to the next. Getting positive results from the next three games will be important for Atlanta United’s season, manager Gerardo Martino and captain...
Atlanta United’s Escobar questionable for Sporting KC

Atlanta United’s Escobar questionable for Sporting KC

Atlanta United defender Franco Escobar is questionable and goalkeeper Alec Kann is out for Wednesday’s game against Sporting KC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Escobar suffered what the team is describing as a thorax injury after colliding with goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the second half of last week’s 2-1 win at Chicago. Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said there’s a “decent&rdquo...
MLS Power Poll: Week 10

MLS Power Poll: Week 10

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 (7-1-1) Last week: 1 Result: 2-1 win at Chicago Ezequiel Barco scores his first, Josef Martinez his seventh and Atlanta United keeps...
Atlanta United vs. Sporting KC: Offense vs. Defense

Atlanta United vs. Sporting KC: Offense vs. Defense

Atlanta United (7-1-1) hosting Sporting KC (6-2-2) on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is more than a possible MLS Cup preview between the top team in the East taking on its counterpart from the West. The game will feature the league’s best offense against the best defense from the start of the 2017 season through last week’s games, according to stats provide by MLS. Atlanta United has...
Atlanta United 2, Chicago 1: Five observations

Atlanta United 2, Chicago 1: Five observations

Home or road, Atlanta United won’t stop winning. The Five Stripes extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 2-1 win at Chicago on Saturday at Toyota Park. It wasn’t easy. The Fire surprised most by switching their formation and instituting an aggressive press that gave Atlanta United fits in the first half. But a tactical adjustment made at halftime by Gerardo Martino eased...
Atlanta United 2, Chicago 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 2, Chicago 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Saturday’s 2-1 win against Chicago at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Huge game for the goalkeeper, who was credited with three saves, all in the second half. He was strong in the box, even though that aggression led to yet another injury to Franco Escobar. Right wingback Julian Gressel, 7: Missed a tackle early...
Win moves Atlanta United into first in MLS East

Win moves Atlanta United into first in MLS East

Ezequiel’s Barco’s first goal sparked Atlanta United to a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Saturday at Toyota Park. Barco’s goal was followed by one from Josef Martinez four minutes later as Atlanta United extended its unbeaten streak to eight games, including seven wins. Combined with NYCFC’s loss, the win moves Atlanta United (7-1-1) into first place in the MLS Eastern Conference...
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