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’s starting 11 vs. Portland
 Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against Portland at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Right fullback Franco Escobar Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the captain Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Mike Ambrose Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz Midfielder Darlington Nagbe Attacking midfielder...

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Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against Portland at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Right fullback Franco Escobar Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the captain Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Mike Ambrose Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz Midfielder Darlington Nagbe Attacking midfielder...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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.

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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
 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...

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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...
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...

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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...