Atlanta United forward Hector Villalba (15) greets fans after defeating Montreal Impact 2-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Atlanta. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL
Photo: Branden Camp
Photo: Branden Camp

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 14 assists. … Very fast, has great vision and is tenacious on defense. … Reportedly a target of clubs in Europe.

Mikey Ambrose 

Position: Left fullback

Home: El Paso, Texas

Age: 24

Twitter: @mikeyambrose3

Appearances/starts: 7/2

Notable:Very fast and has done well in spot starts at left back. … May see minutes with Atlanta United 2 this season.

Ezequiel Barco

Position: Midfielder

Home: Gobernador Galvez, Argentina

Age: 18

Twitter: @EzeBarco10

Appearances/starts: N/A

Notable: The most expensive transfer in MLS history, Atlanta United paid Independiente in Argentina $15 million for his rights. … Fast and technically gifted, he is considered among the world’s greatest young players. … Right-footed, he prefers to cut in from the left.

Andrew Carleton 

Position: Midfielder

Home: Powder Springs, Georgia

Age: 17

Twitter: @andrewcarleton7

Appearances/starts: 1/0

Notable: The team’s first Homegrown Player signing. … Atlanta United beat out at least one club in Europe to sign him. … A very confident player who plays older than his 16 years. 

Franco Escobar

Position: Defender

Home: Rosario, Argentina

Age: 22

Twitter: @FrancoEscobar36

Appearances/starts: N/A

Notable: A big defender with speed, he figures to start at right fullback. … Made 34 appearances in Argentina’s first division with Newell’s Old Boys.

Jon Gallagher

Position: Striker

Home: Dundalk, Ireland

Age: 21

Twitter: @JonGallagher96

Appearances/starts: N/A.

Notable: Selected with the 14th pick in the SuperDraft after a standout career at Notre Dame. … Had trials with Juventus and Marseille as a youth. … Good with either foot.

Greg Garza 

Position: Left fullback

Home: Grapevine, Texas

Age: 26

Twitter: @gmgarza4

Appearances/starts: 26/25

Notable: Purchased from Tijuana in Mexico’s first division during the offseason after spending last season with Atlanta United on loan. … A good crosser of the ball. … Scored two goals and five assists.

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez 

Position: Centerback

Home: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Age: 25

Twitter: N/A

Appearances/starts: 32/32

Notable: Acquired from Estudiantes in Argentina’s first division. … Made more than 100 appearances for clubs in Argentina and Belgium. … Has played for Argentina’s youth national teams. … Led the team in yellow cards last season. … Scored one goal and had three assists.

Chris Goslin 

Position: Midfielder

Home: Locust Grove, Georgia

Age: 17

Twitter: @chrisgoslin17

Appearances/starts: 0/0

Notable: The team’s second Homegrown Player signing. … Has represented the U.S. on a variety of levels of youth national teams. … Product of Georgia United. … Likely to get most of his minutes with Atlanta United 2 this season.

Julian Gressel 

Position: Midfielder

Home: Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany

Age: 24

Twitter: @juliangressel

Appearances/starts: 32/24

Named MLS Rookie of the Year after being selected with the eight pick in the first round of the SuperDraft. … Can play most positions in the midfield. … Finished with five goals and nine assists. 

Brad Guzan 

Position: Goalkeeper

Home: Evergreen Park, Illinois

Age: 33

Twitter: @bguzan

Appearances/starts: 14/14

Notable: Acquired from Middlesbrough in the English Premier League. … Had a shutout streak of 541 minutes, sixth longest in league history. … Good with his feet at distributing the ball. … Made 38 saves in going 6-1-7 during the regular season.

Jose Hernandez

Position: Fullback

Home: Caracas, Venezuela

Age: 20.

Twitter: @JoseRafaelH13

Appearances/starts: N/A

Notable: Left-footed fullback who is good on the ball and a decent tackler. … Represented by same agent for Josef Martinez. … Made 25 appearances in Venezuela’s first division … Part of team that made it to finals of U20 World Cup.

Mitch Hildebrandt

Position: Goalkeeper

Home: Livonia, Michigan

Age: 29

Twitter: @Mitchhilde

Appearances/starts: N/A

Notable: A star for Cincinnati in the USL where he was named league goalkeeper of the year in 2016. … 31 starts for Cincinnati last season and helped the team reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Alec Kann 

Position: Goalkeeper

Home: Decatur, Georgia

Age: 27

Twitter: @akann90

Appearances/starts: 18/18

Notable: Acquired in the expansion draft from Sporting Kansas City, where he made seven appearances. … Started team’s first 18 games before sustaining an injury at Columbus.

Kevin Kratz 

Position: Midfielder

Home: Eschweiler, Germany

Age: 31

Twitter: @kevinkratz8

Appearances/starts: 20/5

Notable: Grew up in the Bayer Leverkusen academy in Germany. … Signed with MLS and joined Philadelphia last season. … Was acquired by Atlanta United in a trade. … Excellent at free kicks.

Jeff Larentowicz 

Position: Midfielder/Centerback

Home: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Age: 34

Twitter: N/A

Appearances/starts: 33/30

Notable: Re-signed with the team after being one of the key players last season. … Has more than 300 appearances in MLS. … Won the MLS Cup with Colorado. … Can play defensive midfielder or centerback.

Josef Martinez 

Position: Forward

Home: Valencia, Venezuela

Age: 24.

Twitter: @JosefMartinez17

Appearances/starts: 20/17

Notable: Acquired as a Designated Player on loan from Torino in Italy’s first division. … Can play as a lone striker, second striker or winger. … Scored 19 goals in 20 games … Very fast, a very good leaper and good with either foot.

Chris McCann 

Position: Midfielder

Home: Dublin, Ireland

Age: 30

Twitter: @cjmccann7

Appearances/starts: 23/9

Notable: Among the first players signed by Atlanta United. … Spent majority of his career in England, with more than 350 appearances for Wigan Athletic and Burnley. … Has played across the midfield and at left fullback. … May be counted on as a defensive midfielder this season.

Darlington Nagbe

Position: Midfielder

Home: None listed

Age: 27

Twitter: @darlingtonnagbe

Appearances/starts: 27/27 (with Portland)

Notable: Acquired in a trade with Portland, where he spent the previous seven seasons. … An accurate passer and good at escaping pressure, he was Atlanta United’s top target within MLS during the offseason. … Has 27 goals and 30 assists in his career.

Michael Parkhurst 

Position: Centerback

Home: Cranston, R.I

Age: 34

Twitter: @mfparkhurst

Appearances/starts: 33/33

Notable: Team captain. … Acquired in a trade with Columbus, where he was also captain. … Reads games very well and has formed solid partnership with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in the center of the defense. 

Miles Robinson 

Position: Centerback/fullback

Home: Arlington, Massachusetts

Age: 20

Twitter: @_milesrobinson_

Appearances/starts: 0/0

Notable: Selected No. 2 in the first round of the SuperDraft. … All-ACC performer at Syracuse. … An aerial threat on set pieces. ... Didn’t make an appearance in league games last season. … Has looked a much better passer in the preseason.

Oliver Shannon

Position: Midfielder

Home: Liverpool, England

Age: 22

Twitter: @Oliver_Shannon

Appearances/starts: N/A

Notable: Spent 13 years in Everton’s academy. … All-Acc performer at Clemson. … Selected in the second round of the SuperDraft.

Brandon Vazquez 

Position: Forward

Home: Chula, Vista, California

Age: 19

Twitter: @brvndonv

Appearances/starts: 13/0

Notable: Acquired from Tijuana where he was a teammate of Garza. … Has played at striker and as right midfielder. … Had one goal and one assist in 13 league appearances.

Hector Villalba 

Position: Midfielder

Home: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Age: 23

Twitter: @titovillalba15

Appearances/starts: 34/34

Notable: The team’s first Designated Player. … Is one of the faster players in MLS. … Played at San Lorenzo in Argentina, a club he joined 10 years ago. … Scored 13 goals with 11 assists.

Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu 

Position: Midfielder/Fullback

Home: Bellingham, Massachusetts

Age: 23

Twitter: @andrew_w_o

Appearances/starts: 0/0

Notable: Selected in third round of SuperDraft. …. Can play in midfield or fullback. … Captained the Harvard team. … No appearances in league games last season. … May see time with Atlanta United 2.

Romario Williams

Position: Striker

Home: Portmore, Jamaica

Age: 23

Twitter: iam_pavyrgwvii

Appearances/starts: N/A

Notable: Scored 15 goals while on a season-long loan at Charleston last year. … Expected to back-up Martinez, though could see games with Atlanta United 2. … A poacher’s mentality, he can also score from long range.

Sal Zizzo

Position: Fullback

Home: San Diego

Age: 30

Twitter: @SalZizzo

Appearances/starts: 23/18 (with New York Red Bulls)

Notable: Expected to challenge for playing time at right fullback. … MLS veteran has 162 appearances and 90 starts in his career.

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