Rested and recharged after a rare weekend off, Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst said they are approaching the regular season’s final two games as must-wins. The team leads New York Red Bulls by one point in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Atlanta United’s Greg Garza returned to training with the team for the first time Friday since sustaining a shoulder injury May 20. Garza, a 27-year-old fullback, underwent surgery on the shoulder less than two weeks later. The team posted on Twitter on Friday that Garza was the first one out for the morning session.
Atlanta has become more than just the home of the most popular, most successful soccer team in MLS during the past two years. It also has become the home and lab for a new approach to broadcasting soccer on television, tablets, phones and through social media.
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. Last week: 1. Result: 3-1 win at San Jose. How they got here: WLWLWLWWWWDLDWWWLWWWLWWDDWWLDWWW.
Atlanta United fullback George Bello, fresh off scoring his first goal in last week’s win against New England, was called up on Tuesday to the U17 U.S. men’s team for an upcoming tournament in England.
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After almost a year – since the rumors of his purchase began to percolate – it may be Ezequiel Barco’s time to shine with Atlanta United.
Should Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron be forced to miss any games because of an injury sustained in Saturday’s 2-1 win against New England, the team has experience playing without him. Almiron suffered a hamstring injury on Sept. 24 last year against Montreal and missed the next four games.
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 Saturday’s 2-1 win against New England at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Topics include George Bello, Miguel Almiron and the Supporters’ Shield.
My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Saturday’s 2-1 win against New England at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Not much he could do on New England’s goal. ... Finished with two saves and claimed one cross. Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Handled the centerback role well, finishing with a team-high five tackles. ... Read the game well in cutting...
Atlanta United took an important step toward the Supporters’ Shield with its 2-1 win against New England on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Goals by George Bello and Julian Gressel were enough to increase Atlanta United’s MLS-leading points total to 66 in front of an announced crowd of 45,122.
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. New England for Saturday’s MLS game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who will make his 31st start. Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, who will make his 370th MLS start. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who will make his 30th start.
Because every game now is a must-win if Atlanta United wants the Supporters’ Shield, and because the team is coming off one of its worst performances this season, goalkeeper Brad Guzan said it should be pretty clear pretty quickly if the Five Stripes have learned lessons when they hoss New England on Saturday.
After Saturday’s game against New England, three Atlanta United players will spend part of the next two weeks with their national teams. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan will jet to Tampa to join the other 23 players selected by U.S. men’s national team manager Dave Sarachan to prepare for friendlies against Colombia on Oct. 11 at Raymond James Stadium and Peru on Oct. 16 in East Hartford, Conn.
George Bello may start for the second time his season in Atlanta United’s game against New England at Mercedes-Benz on Saturday. Manager Gerardo Martino said there was a good chance that Bello, a 16-year-old native of Douglasville, will replace Chris McCann, who is ineligible to play because of yellow card accumulation.
For the first time showing a slight bit of annoyance with the topic, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Thursday said that his future with the club hasn’t been decided, and likely won’t be for a while. “We are still in talks,” he said. “We want to prioritize everything we are doing on the field.
Atlanta United’s players on Wednesday said they expect New England to come out with as much energy Saturday’s as the New York Red Bulls did last week. Atlanta United lost the key MLS matchup, with Supporters’ Shield points on the line, 2-0.
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. Last week: 2. Result: 2-0 win vs. Atlanta United. How they got here: WLWLWLWWWWDLDWWWLWWWLWWDDWWLDWW. - Last week: 1.
Atlanta United players Brad Guzan, Miguel Almiron and Tito Villalba received international call-ups for the upcoming FIFA window, the team announced Monday. The window is Oct. 8-16 with all three players available for selection for Saturday’s game against New England. Guzan will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for upcoming friendlies.
Though they came out flat in the season’s biggest game, Atlanta United players seemed confident after Sunday’s 2-0 loss to New York Red Bulls that it won’t cost them the Supporters’ Shield. “We’re one point ahead with three games to go, it’s still in our hands,” Julian Gressel said.
Atlanta United’s potential march to the Supporters’ Shield hit a red roadblock near a city known for its grid lock on Sunday. Lacking intensity, Atlanta United was beaten by a fired-up New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in what was supposed to be the game of the season in MLS.
Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said Sunday’s game against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J., is the team’s biggest this season and, next to last year’s playoff game, the second most important in the franchise’s short history. Huh. No, talk of it’s just another game. No downplaying the importance.
In this edition of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino’s future with the club, as well as Sunday’s pivotal game against New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
Two days before his team’s biggest game this season, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino again dismissed tweets tying him to other jobs and said the only team he’s in contact with is Atlanta United.
If you haven’t heard, Atlanta United will play the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in Harrison, N.J. It’s kind of an important game. Should Atlanta United win, it will have a seven-points lead over the Red Bulls in the race for the Supporters’ Shield with three games remaining.
Atlanta United’s home of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open to full capacity for at least six games in the 2019 season, the team announced Thursday. The league schedule won’t be released to the public until January. Any additional full-capacity games will be determined by the schedule, among other factors.
Among the reasons that Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls are the last teams fighting for the Supporters’ Shield is each’s ability to successfully adjust tactically. The two teams will face each other Sunday in Harrison, N.J. Should Atlanta United win, it will have a seven-point lead over the Red Bulls with three games remaining.
What to give the Atlanta United supporter who has everything red, black and gold, or peach? Bobbleheads, of course. Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron are getting the bobblehead treatment. The bobbleheads, made by FOCO for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, can be pre-ordered for $40 each or the set for $75. Production has started and is ongoing.
Atlanta United’s players say they want to beat the best at their best. But they also said they won’t mind facing New York Red Bulls without Bradley Wright-Phillips on Sunday in a key MLS game. Should Atlanta United win, it would all but lock up the Supporters’ Shield. Atlanta United leads Red Bulls 63-59 in points with four games remaining.
Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron and Hector Villalba were called into Paraguay’s national team by new manager Juan Carlos Osorio on Tuesday. His selections were posted on Twitter. The next FIFA window for exhibition games is Oct. 8-16, but Paraguay has no games scheduled. Atlanta United doesn’t play during that window. It will host Chicago on Oct. 21.
Julian Gressel stood on the turf of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, looking up at the giant halo board, watching the replay of himself hitting the half-volley to give Atlanta United a 1-0 lead against Real Salt Lake Saturday. He smiled, just a little bit.
Atlanta United has restructured a part of its front office in an attempt to better position itself for the future. The team hired Chase Falivene as Director of Player Administration to handle player contracts and the MLS salary structure, according to team president Darren Eales.
With four games remaining in the MLS regular season, Atlanta United’s magic numbers are: Increase in average points per game needed to set the MLS record for points per game in a season. The team is averaging 2.10 points per game. The record of 2.13 ppg was set by the L.A. Galaxy in 1998.
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.
Atlanta United feels like it has one hand on its first trophy heading into Sunday’s pivotal game at New York Red Bulls.
In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Socccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 929.FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Topics include: Julian Gressel. George Bello. Is this the most dominant regular season in MLS history.
My ratings for Atlanta United’s players after Saturday’s 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Led team to its eighth shutout this season. ... Made three saves. Right wingback Julian Gressel, 8.5: As he has done most of the season, put in quite a few excellent crosses in front of Real Salt Lake’s goal. ... Gave Atlanta United a 1-0...
A goal and assist from Julian Gressel, and a goal from Hector Villalba carried Atlanta United to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in front of an announced attendance of 72,017 on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United’s third consecutive win in the past eight days and eighth shutout this season increased its league-leading points total to 63.
Atlanta United had an announced attendance of 72,017 for Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on a busy sports day in Atlanta. With the Braves, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Kennesaw State all playing at home, the Five Stripes posted their third-highest attendance total in franchise history. The team’s top six: 72,243 vs.
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.
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.
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’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.
Atlanta United set the MLS record for regular-season road wins with the 10th away victory Wednesday.
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.
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, 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.
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.