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Doug Roberson

Atlanta United beat writer

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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Martino: Atlanta United players are focused, despite Mexico rumors
 Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Friday said that the team is focused on Sunday’s game against Chicago, even as reports have him leading Mexico’s national team as soon as the MLS season concludes. “In these kinds of situations, if the results are good then everyone will say the team is focused, and if the results...

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Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino on Friday said that the team is focused on Sunday’s game against Chicago, even as reports have him leading Mexico’s national team as soon as the MLS season concludes. “In these kinds of situations, if the results are good then everyone will say the team is focused, and if the results...
2 key players out for Atlanta United against Chicago
 Neither Miguel Almiron nor Hector Villalba will be available for Atlanta United for Sunday’s game against Chicago, manager Gerardo Martino said Friday. Almiron, with 12 goals and 14 assists, suffered a hamstring strain two weeks ago in a 2-1 win against New England. Villalba, with seven goals and nine assists, suffered an undisclosed...

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Neither Miguel Almiron nor Hector Villalba will be available for Atlanta United for Sunday’s game against Chicago, manager Gerardo Martino said Friday. Almiron, with 12 goals and 14 assists, suffered a hamstring strain two weeks ago in a 2-1 win against New England. Villalba, with seven goals and nine assists, suffered an undisclosed...
Atlanta United’s Martino declines to talk about reports he’ll coach Mexico 
 Gerardo Martino declined Friday to discuss numerous reports that he has agreed to become manager of Mexico when Atlanta United’s season ends. “Nothing to say,” Martino said.  “I don’t have to clarify things that I haven’t said. This is always the same thing. Whenever there is some news, we will be...

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Gerardo Martino declined Friday to discuss numerous reports that he has agreed to become manager of Mexico when Atlanta United’s season ends. “Nothing to say,” Martino said.  “I don’t have to clarify things that I haven’t said. This is always the same thing. Whenever there is some news, we will be...
Nagbe, Remedi ready to step in for Atlanta United
 The consistent answer given by Atlanta United’s players when asked how the team will overcome the potential absence of Miguel Almiron is that everyone will need to work a little harder. “He’s one of the best player sin the league,” team captain Michael Parkhurst said. “Everyone has to step up their game. It&rsquo...

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The consistent answer given by Atlanta United’s players when asked how the team will overcome the potential absence of Miguel Almiron is that everyone will need to work a little harder. “He’s one of the best player sin the league,” team captain Michael Parkhurst said. “Everyone has to step up their game. It&rsquo...
Atlanta United’s Almiron, Villalba don’t train ahead of Chicago matchup
 Neither Miguel Almiron nor Hector Villalba trained Thursday with Atlanta United at the team’s facility in Marietta. Their absences don’t eliminate them from playing in Sunday’s important game against Chicago at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it does make it less likely. Both players were at the training facility participating...

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Neither Miguel Almiron nor Hector Villalba trained Thursday with Atlanta United at the team’s facility in Marietta. Their absences don’t eliminate them from playing in Sunday’s important game against Chicago at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it does make it less likely. Both players were at the training facility participating...
Blog: Debunking rumors saturating Atlanta United
 Soccer and rumors go together like sugar and tea. The drink is good without the sweetness, but so much better with a spoonful of the good stuff. Soccer is the same way. The sport is fun, but all the various “reports” keep conversations about teams and leagues going around the clock, around the world. Which brings me to the rumors...

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Soccer and rumors go together like sugar and tea. The drink is good without the sweetness, but so much better with a spoonful of the good stuff. Soccer is the same way. The sport is fun, but all the various “reports” keep conversations about teams and leagues going around the clock, around the world. Which brings me to the rumors...
MLS Week 34: Ranking the games
 Sporting KC at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Wednesday and Sporting KC at Dallas, 5 p.m. Saturday. KC trails first-place Dallas by four points and second-place LAFC by three points in the West, but has played one less game than both. Doing some quick ciphering, it seems that if KC wins both games this week, it can move into first. Vancouver at...

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Sporting KC at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Wednesday and Sporting KC at Dallas, 5 p.m. Saturday. KC trails first-place Dallas by four points and second-place LAFC by three points in the West, but has played one less game than both. Doing some quick ciphering, it seems that if KC wins both games this week, it can move into first. Vancouver at...
Atlanta United: Last two games are must-wins
 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. Any combination of six points resulting from two Atlanta United wins, or one...

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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. Any combination of six points resulting from two Atlanta United wins, or one...
MLS Power Poll: A close race in Week 33
 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: Did not play. How they got here: WLWLWLWWWWDLDWWWLWWWLWWDDWWLDWWW. Next...

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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: Did not play. How they got here: WLWLWLWWWWDLDWWWLWWWLWWDDWWLDWWW. Next...
Atlanta United’s Almiron and Martinez on ballot for MLS MVP
 Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron are two of of numerous players included on the MLS awards ballot for MVP. Martinez holds the league’s single-scoring record with 30 goals this season. Almiron has 12 goals and 14 assists in helping Atlanta United lead the race for the Supporters’ Shield with two games remaining...

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Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron are two of of numerous players included on the MLS awards ballot for MVP. Martinez holds the league’s single-scoring record with 30 goals this season. Almiron has 12 goals and 14 assists in helping Atlanta United lead the race for the Supporters’ Shield with two games remaining...
MLS Draft Jan. 11 in Chicago
 The 2019 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Jan. 11 in Chicago. Cincinnati will be have the first pick. The MLS Combine will be held Jan. 3-9 in Orlando at Orlando City Stadium. Atlanta United has had success in its first two drafts, highlighted by Julian Gressel, who was named the rookie of the year following the 2017 season. Its other picks...

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The 2019 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Jan. 11 in Chicago. Cincinnati will be have the first pick. The MLS Combine will be held Jan. 3-9 in Orlando at Orlando City Stadium. Atlanta United has had success in its first two drafts, highlighted by Julian Gressel, who was named the rookie of the year following the 2017 season. Its other picks...