Doug Roberson

Doug Roberson covers college sports and the Atlanta United, as well as the annual events in Atlanta, including the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the BB&T Atlanta Open, the Tour Championship, etc. Doug thinks he has one of the coolest jobs at the paper.

Latest from Doug Roberson

Atlanta United: Five road trips
 Beat writer Doug Roberson offers his suggestions for the best road trips for Atlanta United supporters this season: May 5 at Chicago: If you go to this game, don’t stay near Toyota Park, which is in Bridgeview, Ill. and a long way from Chicago. Stay in the city. Find a hotel/AirBNB/friend who lives near Michigan Avenue, which will put...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Beat writer Doug Roberson offers his suggestions for the best road trips for Atlanta United supporters this season: May 5 at Chicago: If you go to this game, don’t stay near Toyota Park, which is in Bridgeview, Ill. and a long way from Chicago. Stay in the city. Find a hotel/AirBNB/friend who lives near Michigan Avenue, which will put...
Atlanta United: Key games
 A look at five key games for Atlanta United this season: D.C. United, March 11, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: It’s just the season’s second game but anyone who follows the Five Stripes knows that the team dropped nine points in three games last season to a D.C. United team that was among the worst in the league. It should be improved...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A look at five key games for Atlanta United this season: D.C. United, March 11, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: It’s just the season’s second game but anyone who follows the Five Stripes knows that the team dropped nine points in three games last season to a D.C. United team that was among the worst in the league. It should be improved...
Atlanta United: The roster
 A look at the Atlanta United roster with players most like to play this season: Miguel Almiron  Position: Midfielder Home: Asuncion, Paraguay Age: 24 Twitter: N/A Appearances/starts: 30/2. Notable: One of the team’s three Designated Players. ... Signed from Lanus in Argentina’s first division. … Scored nine goals with...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A look at the Atlanta United roster with players most like to play this season: Miguel Almiron  Position: Midfielder Home: Asuncion, Paraguay Age: 24 Twitter: N/A Appearances/starts: 30/2. Notable: One of the team’s three Designated Players. ... Signed from Lanus in Argentina’s first division. … Scored nine goals with...
Atlanta United 1, Minnesota United 1: Three observations
 After two rather lackluster preseason games, not only did Atlanta United’s offense pummel Minnesota United’s goal, but $15-million-man Ezequiel Barco scored his first goal and was a key part in several exciting moments during Wednesday’s preseason game. “I’m happy I was able to help the team tonight,” Barco...

Posted: 13 hours ago

After two rather lackluster preseason games, not only did Atlanta United’s offense pummel Minnesota United’s goal, but $15-million-man Ezequiel Barco scored his first goal and was a key part in several exciting moments during Wednesday’s preseason game. “I’m happy I was able to help the team tonight,” Barco...
Atlanta United: Five keys to the season
 Atlanta United became the first MLS expansion team since Seattle in 2009 to qualify for the playoffs in its inaugural season. The Five Stripes, as the team was nicknamed because of its red-and-black striped home jersey, played an attacking brand of soccer under manager Gerardo Martino that resulted in 70 goals, second most in the league,...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Atlanta United became the first MLS expansion team since Seattle in 2009 to qualify for the playoffs in its inaugural season. The Five Stripes, as the team was nicknamed because of its red-and-black striped home jersey, played an attacking brand of soccer under manager Gerardo Martino that resulted in 70 goals, second most in the league,...
What is Atlanta United getting for $15 million?
 Fifteen million dollars. It’s the record-setting sum Atlanta United recently paid for the rights to Ezequiel Barco from Independiente in Argentina. It’s a lot of money, in the proper context. “Fifteen million in Europe, or anywhere else, is a snip these days,” Atlanta United midfielder Chris McCann said. “In...

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Fifteen million dollars. It’s the record-setting sum Atlanta United recently paid for the rights to Ezequiel Barco from Independiente in Argentina. It’s a lot of money, in the proper context. “Fifteen million in Europe, or anywhere else, is a snip these days,” Atlanta United midfielder Chris McCann said. “In...
MLS and Atlanta United: A to Z
 The MLS and Atlanta United from A to Z in preparation of the 2018 season: A is for Atlanta United. One of two expansion clubs that began play last season. The other was Minnesota United. Atlanta United became the first expansion club since Seattle in 2009 to advance to the playoffs. It will also host the All-Star Game this summer. B is for...

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The MLS and Atlanta United from A to Z in preparation of the 2018 season: A is for Atlanta United. One of two expansion clubs that began play last season. The other was Minnesota United. Atlanta United became the first expansion club since Seattle in 2009 to advance to the playoffs. It will also host the All-Star Game this summer. B is for...
MLS: Team-by-team season capsules
 A look at the other MLS teams that will compete during the 2018 season along with Atlanta United: - Last year vs. Atlanta United: Atlanta United won 4-0 on March 18 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on two goals from Josef Martinez, an own-goal by Chicago and Hector Villalba. Chicago won 2-0 at Toyota Park on June 10 on goals by Luis Solignac and a penalty...

Posted: 18 hours ago

A look at the other MLS teams that will compete during the 2018 season along with Atlanta United: - Last year vs. Atlanta United: Atlanta United won 4-0 on March 18 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on two goals from Josef Martinez, an own-goal by Chicago and Hector Villalba. Chicago won 2-0 at Toyota Park on June 10 on goals by Luis Solignac and a penalty...
Barco scores, happy to help Atlanta United earn draw
 Ezequiel Barco’s reaction was subdued but his first goal for Atlanta United was exquisite on Wednesday in helping  Atlanta United rescue a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United in the Carolina Challenge Cup at MUSC Health Stadium. Barco received a pass from Mikey Ambrose down the left sideline. He began a diagonal run toward the goal. He cut...

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Ezequiel Barco’s reaction was subdued but his first goal for Atlanta United was exquisite on Wednesday in helping Atlanta United rescue a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United in the Carolina Challenge Cup at MUSC Health Stadium. Barco received a pass from Mikey Ambrose down the left sideline. He began a diagonal run toward the goal. He cut...
Barco’s first goal earns draw for Atlanta United
 Ezequiel Barco’s first goal with Atlanta United rescued a  1-1 draw with Minnesota United on Wednesday in the Carolina Challenge Cup at MUSC Health Stadium. The draw brought the Five Stripes to 1-1-1 in the preseason. The team will play the Charleston Battery on Saturday. > More: Barco on his first goal for the Five Stripes...

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Ezequiel Barco’s first goal with Atlanta United rescued a  1-1 draw with Minnesota United on Wednesday in the Carolina Challenge Cup at MUSC Health Stadium. The draw brought the Five Stripes to 1-1-1 in the preseason. The team will play the Charleston Battery on Saturday. > More: Barco on his first goal for the Five Stripes...
Atlanta United starting 11 vs. Minnesota United
 Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Wednesday’s preseason game against Minnesota United at MUSC Health Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Right fullback Sal Zizzo Centerback Jeff Larentowicz Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Right fullback Greg Garza, who returns after sitting out Saturday’s loss to Columbus.  Holding midfielder...

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Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Wednesday’s preseason game against Minnesota United at MUSC Health Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Right fullback Sal Zizzo Centerback Jeff Larentowicz Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Right fullback Greg Garza, who returns after sitting out Saturday’s loss to Columbus.  Holding midfielder...