Doug Roberson

Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer. You can follow Doug on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC, on Facebook at Atlanta United News Now, and subscribe to his podcast, Southern Fried Soccer.

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Atlanta United trying to improve on closing games
 By the estimation of Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino, his team has thrown away seven points this season because they have given up goals in the final minutes. Seven points in its Adidas pockets would have Atlanta United firmly in control of the Supporters’ Shield as well as a bye in the first round of the MLS Eastern Conference...

Posted: 10 hours ago

By the estimation of Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino, his team has thrown away seven points this season because they have given up goals in the final minutes. Seven points in its Adidas pockets would have Atlanta United firmly in control of the Supporters’ Shield as well as a bye in the first round of the MLS Eastern Conference...
Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez trying to deliver on baby delivery
 Leandro Gonzalez Pirez’s pregnant wife, Melina, isn’t due until Aug. 28, but the Atlanta United centerback said the doctors said she may go into labor at any moment. Gonzalez Pirez said he’s not sure what he would do should she go into labor while he is playing in Sunday’s game against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez’s pregnant wife, Melina, isn’t due until Aug. 28, but the Atlanta United centerback said the doctors said she may go into labor at any moment. Gonzalez Pirez said he’s not sure what he would do should she go into labor while he is playing in Sunday’s game against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Atlanta United’s Barco may be close to return to action
 Ezequiel Barco’s return to Atlanta United’s 18 for Sunday’s game against Columbus is a possibility, according to manager Gerardo Martino. Martino said the decision may be made Saturday. The names of the 18 players are sometimes posted on TV screens in the team’s training facility in the days before a game, so it seems...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Ezequiel Barco’s return to Atlanta United’s 18 for Sunday’s game against Columbus is a possibility, according to manager Gerardo Martino. Martino said the decision may be made Saturday. The names of the 18 players are sometimes posted on TV screens in the team’s training facility in the days before a game, so it seems...
Stat dump! Atlanta United items of note
 Because it’s a slow news day for Atlanta United, it’s been a challenge coming up with some items of note about the team. However, Atlanta United’s top-class communications team came through with some stats of interest (I would pull these, but don’t have access to opta):  Josef Martinez is first in MLS in shot...

Posted: a day ago

Because it’s a slow news day for Atlanta United, it’s been a challenge coming up with some items of note about the team. However, Atlanta United’s top-class communications team came through with some stats of interest (I would pull these, but don’t have access to opta):  Josef Martinez is first in MLS in shot...
Atlanta United remains favorite to win MLS Cup
 Atlanta United is predicted to win the MLS Cup, but not the Supporters’ Shield, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.com. The Five Stripes have a 21 percent probability of winning the MLS Cup and a 34 percent probability of winning the Supporters’ Shield. The Red Bulls have a 37 percent probability of winning the Supporters&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta United is predicted to win the MLS Cup, but not the Supporters’ Shield, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.com. The Five Stripes have a 21 percent probability of winning the MLS Cup and a 34 percent probability of winning the Supporters’ Shield. The Red Bulls have a 37 percent probability of winning the Supporters&rsquo...
Atlanta United vs. Columbus: 4 questions
 Atlanta United will host surging Columbus on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The result not only will impact the race for the Supporters’ Shield, but potentially playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta United leads MLS in points (48), but is being chased by New York Red Bulls (47), NYCFC (47) and Dallas (42). Columbus ranks...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta United will host surging Columbus on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The result not only will impact the race for the Supporters’ Shield, but potentially playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta United leads MLS in points (48), but is being chased by New York Red Bulls (47), NYCFC (47) and Dallas (42). Columbus ranks...
Records? Atlanta United’s Martinez only cares about winning
 After making it very clear that he doesn’t know and doesn’t care what MLS goal-scoring records he is on the verge of breaking, Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez then grunted when asked if he knew how many goals he has scored this season. “No,” he said. Asked if he wanted to know, he said, “I don&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

After making it very clear that he doesn’t know and doesn’t care what MLS goal-scoring records he is on the verge of breaking, Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez then grunted when asked if he knew how many goals he has scored this season. “No,” he said. Asked if he wanted to know, he said, “I don&rsquo...
MLS Week 25: Ranking the games
 1. Columbus at Atlanta United, 4 p.m. Sunday: The race for the Supporters’ Shield is going to be fun to watch, and this game between two tactically astute teams is a reason why. Atlanta United leads the league in points (48), but has fallen behind New York Red Bulls in points per game (2.04 to 2.0). Columbus is a lock to make the...

Posted: 2 days ago

1. Columbus at Atlanta United, 4 p.m. Sunday: The race for the Supporters’ Shield is going to be fun to watch, and this game between two tactically astute teams is a reason why. Atlanta United leads the league in points (48), but has fallen behind New York Red Bulls in points per game (2.04 to 2.0). Columbus is a lock to make the...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...