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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Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. L.A. Galaxy
 Will Ezequiel Barco be in Atlanta United’s (4-1-1) starting 11 for Saturday’s game against the L.A. Galaxy (3-2-1) at Stubhub Center? I thought Barco would be a starter last week when Atlanta United hosted NYCFC. Turns out, I was wrong. I’m nothing if not stubborn, so I’m going to again say that I think he will be...

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Will Ezequiel Barco be in Atlanta United’s (4-1-1) starting 11 for Saturday’s game against the L.A. Galaxy (3-2-1) at Stubhub Center? I thought Barco would be a starter last week when Atlanta United hosted NYCFC. Turns out, I was wrong. I’m nothing if not stubborn, so I’m going to again say that I think he will be...
Bocanegra takes on new task within U.S. Soccer
 Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra has been appointed to lead one of two new committees within U.S. Soccer, the organization announced on Thursday. The committees are designed to improve efficiency and better serve members, according to the release from U.S. Soccer. Bocanegra, who made more than 100 appearances for the U.S. men&rsquo...

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Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra has been appointed to lead one of two new committees within U.S. Soccer, the organization announced on Thursday. The committees are designed to improve efficiency and better serve members, according to the release from U.S. Soccer. Bocanegra, who made more than 100 appearances for the U.S. men&rsquo...
Will Barco start and where will he play for Atlanta United?
 Jeff Larentowicz, who has seen a lot in his 363 regular-season appearances in MLS, knows exactly where teammate Ezequiel Barco will play this weekend: “In Los Angeles, for Atlanta United,” he said. Ha! But two questions dominating Atlanta United conversations this week ahead of Saturday’s game against the Galaxy are: Will...

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Jeff Larentowicz, who has seen a lot in his 363 regular-season appearances in MLS, knows exactly where teammate Ezequiel Barco will play this weekend: “In Los Angeles, for Atlanta United,” he said. Ha! But two questions dominating Atlanta United conversations this week ahead of Saturday’s game against the Galaxy are: Will...
Atlanta United vs. L.A. Galaxy: 3 questions
 Atlanta United, unbeaten in its past five, will take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday at Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy (3-2-1) are coming off a 1-0 win at Chicago with the winner scored by Ibrahimvoic. Atlanta United is coming off a 2-2 draw with NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11)...

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Atlanta United, unbeaten in its past five, will take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday at Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy (3-2-1) are coming off a 1-0 win at Chicago with the winner scored by Ibrahimvoic. Atlanta United is coming off a 2-2 draw with NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11)...
Atlanta United’s Garza says labrum completely torn
 Atlanta United fullback Greg Garza said on Wednesday that he is playing with a completely torn labrum in his right shoulder. Garza first suffered a shoulder injury during last year’s All-Star game in Chicago. The 26-year-old sat out three games from Sept. 16-24, returned to play two and then suffered another injury that forced him to...

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Atlanta United fullback Greg Garza said on Wednesday that he is playing with a completely torn labrum in his right shoulder. Garza first suffered a shoulder injury during last year’s All-Star game in Chicago. The 26-year-old sat out three games from Sept. 16-24, returned to play two and then suffered another injury that forced him to...
Will Atlanta United sign a player before transfer window closes?
 Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino expressed neutrality when asked if he was hopeful the team will sign a replacement for Carlos Carmona before the transfer window closes on May 1. “Maybe yes, maybe no,” he said on Wednesday following his team’s training session for Saturday’s game at L.A. Galaxy. Martino said...

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Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino expressed neutrality when asked if he was hopeful the team will sign a replacement for Carlos Carmona before the transfer window closes on May 1. “Maybe yes, maybe no,” he said on Wednesday following his team’s training session for Saturday’s game at L.A. Galaxy. Martino said...
Atlanta United’s Villalba trains on side Wednesday
 Hector Villalba didn’t train with the rest of Atlanta United’s players on Wednesday, but did do individual work on the side, ahead of Saturday’s game at the Los Angeles Galaxy. Villalba suffered a hamstring strain two weeks ago in the 5-0 win against LAFC. He didn’t train with the team last week, nor did he play in...

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Hector Villalba didn’t train with the rest of Atlanta United’s players on Wednesday, but did do individual work on the side, ahead of Saturday’s game at the Los Angeles Galaxy. Villalba suffered a hamstring strain two weeks ago in the 5-0 win against LAFC. He didn’t train with the team last week, nor did he play in...
MLS Week 8: Ranking the games
 Atlanta United (4-1-1) at L.A. Galaxy (3-2-1), 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco...

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Atlanta United (4-1-1) at L.A. Galaxy (3-2-1), 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco, Zlatan, Barco...
Kratz happy with first Atlanta United start this season
 Atlanta United was in the suburbs of what they call “Kratz Country,” that area on the soccer pitch that if there’s a free kick to be taken and Kevin Kratz is on the field, everyone knows he is going to take it. And it’s likely going to be on goal. The result of hours of practice. But the suburbs aren’t downtown...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta United was in the suburbs of what they call “Kratz Country,” that area on the soccer pitch that if there’s a free kick to be taken and Kevin Kratz is on the field, everyone knows he is going to take it. And it’s likely going to be on goal. The result of hours of practice. But the suburbs aren’t downtown...
MLS Power Poll: Week 7
 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.   WEEK 7 1. NYCFC (5-0-2) Last week: 1. Result: 4-0 win vs. Real Salt Lake on Wednesday...

Posted: 2 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.   WEEK 7 1. NYCFC (5-0-2) Last week: 1. Result: 4-0 win vs. Real Salt Lake on Wednesday...
Atlanta United’s game ‘atmosphere is the best in this league’
 Compliments were plenty and varied after Atlanta United and NYCFC fought to a 2-2 draw on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, and perhaps MLS, featured goals by a fullback (Greg Garza), centerback (Chris McCann), holding midfielder (Alex Ring) and striker (David Villa), as well as a...

Posted: 3 days ago

Compliments were plenty and varied after Atlanta United and NYCFC fought to a 2-2 draw on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, and perhaps MLS, featured goals by a fullback (Greg Garza), centerback (Chris McCann), holding midfielder (Alex Ring) and striker (David Villa), as well as a...