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Tight Supporters’ Shield race could help Atlanta United

Tight Supporters’ Shield race could help Atlanta United

There is at least one advantage to being in what looks to be a four-team race for the MLS Supporters’ Shield, given to the team that finishes the regular season with the most points, according to Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst. “When you are battling week in and week out and you understand how important each game is that gets you ready for the playoffs,” he said. &ldquo...
Atlanta United’s Bello says he’s ready when needed

Atlanta United’s Bello says he’s ready when needed

George Bello, fresh off retrieving all of the balls used during Tuesday’s Atlanta United practice, went through the gauntlet of meeting the media at the team’s practice facility on Marietta.  He smiled. He said hello. He looked each person in the eye. He was coached well, which may be a good sign for the team because Bello, just 16, could be needed in the race for the Supporters&rsquo...
10 things to know before high school football season kicks off 

10 things to know before high school football season kicks off 

The Georgia high school football season begins Thursday with the first of 171 games scheduled for the opening week. Here are some things to know about the 2018 season:   Best openers: Nine games this week match ranked teams, three that are part of the three-day Corky Kell Classic. Those are Rome vs. Marietta on Thursday at Rome’s Barron Stadium, Tucker vs. Buford on Friday at Georgia...
MLS Power Poll: Week 24 results

MLS Power Poll: Week 24 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. 1. Atlanta United (14-4-6) Last week: 1. Result: Did not play. How they got here: LWWWWDWWWLWLDWDWDWLWDWWD. - 2. New York Red Bulls (15-6-2) Last week...
Europe beckoning, Almiron staying in the present

Europe beckoning, Almiron staying in the present

Miguel Almiron waves to a group of adoring fans. A select few had been afforded a behind-the-scenes look at Atlanta United training for the day. He smiles through a window. They fawn. All this from a spacious practice facility that didn’t exist, in a city he knew nothing about, when he arrived two years ago. The strides Atlanta has taken to embrace soccer even startle Almiron, his high-profile...
Hummer: It’s fixin’ to get real interesting around here

Hummer: It’s fixin’ to get real interesting around here

  Eager anticipation is seldom the play when it comes to Atlanta sports. Optimism does not come naturally here. But given an opening, perhaps we should try on this strange, new sensation just for kicks.  
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Toronto 2

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Toronto 2

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 2-2 draw with Toronto on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the podcast, they discuss Atlanta United’s ability to finish games, Bobby Warshaw’s comments about refs favoring Atlanta...
Martino says Atlanta United may start using delay tactics

Martino says Atlanta United may start using delay tactics

With Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto, Atlanta United has lost seven points in the final minutes of three games this season, according to Gerardo Martino. Toronto scored in stoppage time to turn three points for Atlanta United into one. Dallas scored two goals in the final minutes to turn three points into none in 3-2 Five Stripes’ loss. And New England rallied to tie Atlanta United...
Martinez scores 2 more as Atlanta United ties Toronto

Martinez scores 2 more as Atlanta United ties Toronto

Josef Martinez can’t stop scoring, but a late goal cost Atlanta United a chance at winning for at least the third time this season. Martinez scored two more goals, but a goal in stoppage time by Tosaint Ricketts resulted in Atlanta United drawing Toronto 2-2 on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez has 26 goals this season and needs one more to tie the MLS single-season record. Atlanta...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Toronto

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Toronto

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against Toronto at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, who hasn’t started at centerback since the season-opening 4-0 loss at Houston. His typically used as a defensive midfielder. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who will make his 22nd start...
Atlanta United’s Martinez honored with MLS award

Atlanta United’s Martinez honored with MLS award

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez was named the MLS Player of the Month on Friday. Martinez was honored because he scored nine goals and added an assist in five games in July. He also scored the lone goal for the All-Stars in Wednesday’s game against Juventus. Martinez has 24 goals this season and needs just four more to break the league’s single-season goal record. Atlanta United...
Bello training with Atlanta United

Bello training with Atlanta United

With three fullbacks injured and possibly out for the remainder of Atlanta United’s season, Homegrown product George Bello will train with the first team, according to manager Gerardo Martino on Friday. Bello, a 16-year-old native of Douglasville, was just cleared by the medical staff to resume training on Thursday after recovering from an injury. He is considered one of the brighter talents...
Atlanta United’s Barco won’t play against Toronto

Atlanta United’s Barco won’t play against Toronto

Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco won’t play in Saturday’s game against Toronto at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Manager Gerardo Martino said Friday that Barco will miss his third consecutive game after committing an undisclosed act of indiscipline. Barco has trained with the team. Martino said the first two games that Barco missed were the decision of the coaching staff and the club....
Opponents discuss what makes Atlanta United’s Martinez so tough

Opponents discuss what makes Atlanta United’s Martinez so tough

Josef Martinez’s goal in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium was meaningless, but a perfect example of why Atlanta United’s opponents have been unable to stop him this season. First, Martinez found space behind a defender near the back post from which to head a cross from the left back across the penalty box. The header found Carlos Vela, whose volley was palmed...
Atlanta United vs. Toronto: 4 questions

Atlanta United vs. Toronto: 4 questions

Atlanta United will host Toronto on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United leads MLS in points (47) and is trying to keep pace with Dallas (42) and stay ahead of NYCFC (43) and New York Red Bulls (41) in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Toronto, the defending MLS champs, are in 10th place in the East with 22 points, but trail sixth-place New England by six points in the chase...
Atlanta United’s Zizzo likely out for rest of season

Atlanta United’s Zizzo likely out for rest of season

Atlanta United fullback Sal Zizzo likely will miss the remainder of the MLS season because of a knee injury that will sideline him for the next 3-4 months. He recently underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. He suffered the injury during training. Zizzo, 31, signed with Atlanta United as a free agent. He made six appearances with one start this season. The team has yet to release...
Atlanta United players do well in MLS All-Star game

Atlanta United players do well in MLS All-Star game

Michael Parkhurst stood in the MLS All-Star game locker room, holding a white jersey signed in black ink by each of his teammates after Wednesday’s exhibition against Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Smiling, the 34-year-old said he didn’t keep a jersey last year when the game was in Chicago against Real Madrid. “I thought, ‘Man, I should have,’ so I did it this...
Atlanta the real winner of MLS All-Star game

Atlanta the real winner of MLS All-Star game

Atlanta didn’t need penalty kicks to be named the ultimate winner of the MLS All-Star game. Though Juventus defeated the All-Stars 5-3 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw, the host city impressed almost everyone with its record crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and its enthusiasm for the sport and host team Atlanta United in the days before the game.  “I was very pleasantly surprised...
Atlanta United loses key front-office member

Atlanta United loses key front-office member

Paul McDonough, Atlanta United’s director of soccer operations, resigned to accept a job with Miami’s MLS franchise. McDonough’s contract with Atlanta United will end Aug. 4.  Miami compensated Atlanta United for McDonough, but the terms weren’t disclosed. He has played a key role in the development of two expansion franchises. He started with Orlando before resigning...
A new leader atop this week’s MLS Power Poll

A new leader atop this week’s MLS Power Poll

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 (14-4-5) Last week: 3. Result: 2-1 win at Montreal. Josef Martinez has more goals than a few MLS teams, and Atlanta United has more points...
Southern Fried Soccer: Juventus wins MLS All-Star Game

Southern Fried Soccer: Juventus wins MLS All-Star Game

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 the MLS All-Star Game against Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. They discuss Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Aaron Long, Ilie Sanchez, the city of Atlanta, soccer in North America and Saturday’s game between Atlanta...
Martinez scores but MLS All-Stars fall to Juventus in front of record crowd

Martinez scores but MLS All-Stars fall to Juventus in front of record crowd

Josef Martinez can’t stop scoring.  It doesn’t matter the opponent (in this case Juventus). It doesn’t matter the stakes (in this case the All-Star Game). The Atlanta United striker, who leads MLS with 24 goals and is on pace to set the league’s scoring record, scored in the 27th minute to give the record crowd of 72,317 a treat on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The...
The MLS All-Star game reminds us that we’re a soccer town 

The MLS All-Star game reminds us that we’re a soccer town 

We’ve been spoiled by Big Events. In the 22 years after the Olympics, the biggies keep coming thicker and faster. To wit: Jan. 8, 2018: The College Football Playoff title game between Georgia and Alabama. (If you don’t count overtime, they finished as co-champs.) Feb. 3, 2019: The Super Bowl, surely between the Falcons, who play here on a regular basis, and the Patriots. (Have those two...
MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta almost out of tickets

MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta almost out of tickets

Tonight’s MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is down to standing-room only tickets, according to the league. The game between the All-Stars and Juventus will set a single-game record for tickets sold for an MLS All-Star Game. The previous record of 70,728 was set in Houston in 2010. That game featured Manchester United. Tonight’s game may move into second place for tickets...
3 Atlanta United matchups to watch in MLS All-Star Game

3 Atlanta United matchups to watch in MLS All-Star Game

Atlanta United will have five players likely participate in tonight’s MLS All-Star Game against Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: striker Josef Martinez, midfielders Miguel Almiron and Ezequiel Barco, centerback Michael Parkhurst and goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Here are a few matchups that I’m looking forward to watching (assuming they happen): Josef Martinez vs. Giorgio Chiellini: Martinez...
MLS Homegrown Team plays to controversial draw in rain-soaked evening

MLS Homegrown Team plays to controversial draw in rain-soaked evening

For a five-minute span Tuesday night, it seemed as though the MLS Homegrown side had netted a second goal and secured the result in the game against the Tigres U-20 side. Instead the highlight of the MLS Homegrown game will go down as never having happened. In the 70th minute, Jesus Ferreira of FC Dallas finessed past the left back at the edge of the box, stepped over the ball multiple times and darted...
Top stories from the offseason as new campaign draws near

Top stories from the offseason as new campaign draws near

It has been 227 days since Cameron Clark's 38-yard field goal sent North Gwinnett to a 19-17 victory over Colquitt County. And since Tay Mayo intercepted a pass in overtime to seal Lee County's 28-21 win over Coffee. Those final-play heroics marked the end of the 2017 Georgia high school football season.  The 2018 campaign will kick off in 15 days. Here are 10 stories from the offseason that...
Ahead of MLS All-Star game, local Juventus fans eager to tap into Atlanta soccer market

Ahead of MLS All-Star game, local Juventus fans eager to tap into Atlanta soccer market

Gavino Asteghene — the loudest man in a loud room — scurried around the Italian restaurant Fritti on Tuesday afternoon greeting people, facilitating photos, watching along as his long-held dream became a reality. A day before the club takes on the MLS All-Stars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Asteghene is ushering in an Atlanta-based Juventus supporters group. He hopes it will convene local...
Atlanta United’s Carleton will captain MLS Homegrowns

Atlanta United’s Carleton will captain MLS Homegrowns

Atlanta United’s Andrew Carleton will captain the MLS players in Tuesday’s Homegrown game against Tigres in Marietta. Carleton and forward Lagos Kunga are the two Atlanta United players on the Homegrowns, which will be coached by Five Stripes academy director Tony Annan. Carleton, an 18-year-old native of Powder Springs, has made one start as part of five appearances with Atlanta United...
Almiron again said he’s happy at Atlanta United

Almiron again said he’s happy at Atlanta United

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron on Tuesday walked back comments that he hopes to play somewhere in Europe in 2019. In an interview with ESPN last week, Almiron was quoted as saying, “I have said it before, that my objective is to play in Europe. I work daily on that. I’m happy here in Atlanta. The club makes me feel comfortable, but yes, in 2019, hopefully I will be playing...
Mercedes-Benz Stadium wows Juventus

Mercedes-Benz Stadium wows Juventus

Italian journalist Francesco Cosatti has seen stadiums from Russia to Brazil to Japan. He said Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which bills itself as the best, is one of the best. “It’s incredible, amazing,” said Cosatti, who works for Sky Sports Italia.  Cosatti is in town covering Juventus, which will play the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Cosatti said when the...
MLS All-Star Game an interesting affair

MLS All-Star Game an interesting affair

In a ballroom decked out for royalty, with five gleaming chandeliers and Corinthian columns wrapped in red, black and gold, players on the MLS All-Star team and Juventus, its opponent, praised each other ahead of Wednesday’s game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. With languages changing quickly depending upon who was being asked a question, no tactics were shared. No formations previewed. Fawning replaced...
Atlanta United’s Parkhurst plans to play in MLS All-Star Game

Atlanta United’s Parkhurst plans to play in MLS All-Star Game

Atlanta United captain MIchael Parkhurst said his ankle is sore, but he plans on playing in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game against Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti stepped on Parkhurst’s ankle as he was clearing a ball in the first half of Five Stripes’ 2-1 win last week. Parkhurst returned finished the game. Parkhurst said he is going to take it...
Atlanta United’s Carleton once was on trial with Tigres

Atlanta United’s Carleton once was on trial with Tigres

Atlanta United’s Andrew Carleton has an interesting tie to Tigres, the opponent in the MLS All-Star Homegrown Game on Tuesday at the Five Stripes’ training facility in Marietta. Carleton, an 18-year-old native of Powder Springs, was on trial with Tigres when he was 13. Because Carleton didn’t yet have a passport and Atlanta didn’t have an MLS team, he was looking for options...
Barco declines comment on two-game disciplinary action

Barco declines comment on two-game disciplinary action

Ezequiel Barco declined to speak about his two-game absence from Atlanta United on Monday, the midfielder’s first interview since the disciplinary action taken by the team. Barco was not part of Atlanta United’s 18-player availability against the D.C. United and Montreal the past two games.  Manager Gerardo Martino enacted the discipline, saying only it was not for on-field performance...
Five things to know about Atlanta United, MLS All-Star Week

Five things to know about Atlanta United, MLS All-Star Week

Here are five things to know about Atlanta United and MLS All-Star Week: 1. Atlanta United heads into the very short MLS All-Star Game break with the most points in the league (47), in the driver’s seat for the Supporters’ Shield and with the league’s leading-goal-scorer, Josef Martinez, who added two more in last week’s 2-1 win at Montreal. That’s a city worth...
Atlanta United’s Remedi does well in first start

Atlanta United’s Remedi does well in first start

In their first starts together in the center of Atlanta United’s formation, new signing Eric Remedi and MLS veteran Jeff Larentowicz combined for a Jessie Tuggle-esque 14 tackles in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Montreal. The two forced the Impact to put in cross after cross from the wide areas in the second half because the center of the pitch was like I-285 at 5 p.m. on a Friday. No...
Atlanta United zeroing in on two big MLS records

Atlanta United zeroing in on two big MLS records

Atlanta United is zeroing in on two MLS records. With Saturday’s 2-1 win at Montreal, Atlanta United has 47 points, including 23 points on the road this season. The MLS record for points in a season was set by Toronto with 69 last year. With 11 games remaining, Atlanta United can reach a maximum of 80 points, shattering Toronto’s record.  Even if Atlanta United doesn’t sweep...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Montreal 1

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Montreal 1

In this edition 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 2-1 win against Montreal on Saturday at Saputo Stadium. They discuss Josef Martinez, Eric Remedi and manager Gerardo Martino’s dilemma in this episode.
Atlanta United 2, Montreal 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 2, Montreal 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Saturday’s 2-1 win against Montreal at Saputo Stadium: Goakeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Several tough saves of low, hard shots. ... Finished with six saves. ... Wasn’t happy with team’s lack of intensity after they scored the second goal. ... Said Ignacio Piatti beat him for pace on the goal. ... Right fullback Franco Escobar, 7: Gave...
Martinez scores two more as Atlanta United beats Montreal

Martinez scores two more as Atlanta United beats Montreal

Two more goals from Josef Martinez lifted Atlanta United to a 2-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday during a rainy, weather-delayed night in Canada at Saputo Stadium. The goals were Martinez’s league-leading 23rd and 24th this season in just 23 games and moved him into a tie for sixth on the MLS single-season scoring list. He needs three to tie the record held by three players. If form holds...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Montreal

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Montreal

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against Montreal at Saputo Stadium: Goakeeper Brad Guzan, who is making his 22nd start this season. Right fullback Franco Escobar, who is making his 15th start. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, t he team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who is making his 21st start. Left fullback Chris McCann, who is making his 12th start...
Atlanta United ready for different Montreal test

Atlanta United ready for different Montreal test

Atlanta United will face a much different Montreal team than the one it defeated 4-1 on April 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Impact, at the time considered one of the team’s worst teams because they lost six of their first eight games, have won five of their past seven,with one loss in their past seven, ahead of Saturday’s game at Stade Saputo. “All the teams are now a little bit...
Anger powers Atlanta United’s Martinez

Anger powers Atlanta United’s Martinez

The scene was heartwarming and a bit odd at the same time. Josef Martinez, not long after scoring three goals in a defeat of D.C. United and then saying that he’s angry, he’s always angry, seemed happy, really happy while playing soccer with a small group of kids on the field in an empty Mercedes-Benz Stadium last week. In perhaps his only missed shot of the day, he popped a penalty kick...
Atlanta an All-Star soccer address - who would have guessed it?

Atlanta an All-Star soccer address - who would have guessed it?

There in the shade of a Falcons canopy tent on a hot weekend afternoon was the very image of a sporting transfiguration in Atlanta. The shelter said football – and lord knows, this part of the country is keen on its slobber-knocking. But the scene suggested something else. Good grief, there wasn’t a single gray hair in the group, each of them surely versed in the very latest app. &ldquo...
Selling Davies could impact Atlanta United

Selling Davies could impact Atlanta United

The $13 million-plus agreement to sell Alphonso Davies from Vancouver in MLS to Bayern Munich could have a seismic effect on Atlanta United. Not only is it the largest transfer of a player out of MLS, not only is that player being sold to one of the greatest clubs in world soccer, but it likely will set the price for some of Atlanta United’s young players who are constantly rumored to be on...
Atlanta United’s Carleton in line for second start

Atlanta United’s Carleton in line for second start

Andrew Carleton has a chance to start for Atlanta United in Saturday’s match at Montreal, according to manager Gerardo Martino. “We’ll see,” he said. Though Martino has been pressed by media and supporters since Carleton, an 18-year-old native of Powder Springs, signed as the team’s first Homegrown, Martino has been patient with the young standout. He didn’t hand...
Remedi performs well in first Atlanta United appearance

Remedi performs well in first Atlanta United appearance

The 13 minutes that Jeff Larentowicz and Eric Remedi played together for Atlanta United in its 3-1 win against D.C. United last week shows promise should the two be paired for more minutes in Saturday’s game at Montreal. “Communication was fine,” Larentowicz said. “Thought it went pretty well. We had the lead. One thing you saw was we passed the game away. That’s important...
MLS Week 22: Ranking the games

MLS Week 22: Ranking the games

1. Dallas at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The game of the week. Dallas is quietly going about its business, while Sporting KC’s defensive struggles are real, but not spectacular. 2. LA Galaxy at LAFC, 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A rivalry re-joined. How did that first one end again? Oh yeah, President Ibrahimovic dropping some ALL CAPS goals on Bob Bradley. 3. NYCFC at Orlando, 8 p.m...
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