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.

Latest from Doug Roberson

Atlanta United’s Martinez: Around the world and then MLS playoffs
 Because of the MLS schedule and FIFA calendar, several key players for Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls could be less than 100 percent for the first leg of their playoff series Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Four Atlanta United players, Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba and Brad Guzan, and eight from Red Bulls were...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Because of the MLS schedule and FIFA calendar, several key players for Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls could be less than 100 percent for the first leg of their playoff series Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Four Atlanta United players, Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba and Brad Guzan, and eight from Red Bulls were...
Atlanta United getting healthy for MLS playoffs
 Atlanta United’s players are getting healthier in a hurry ahead of the coming playoff series against the New York Red Bulls. Manager Gerardo Martino on Friday said that midfielders Jeff Larentowicz (muscle injury) and Andrew Carleton (flu) would return to training Friday. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe (hamstring) and fullback Chris McCann...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Atlanta United’s players are getting healthier in a hurry ahead of the coming playoff series against the New York Red Bulls. Manager Gerardo Martino on Friday said that midfielders Jeff Larentowicz (muscle injury) and Andrew Carleton (flu) would return to training Friday. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe (hamstring) and fullback Chris McCann...
Martino: I’m still under contract with Atlanta United
 Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino  said Friday that he had no comment on more reports, as well as MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s verification, about him agreeing to a contract to become Mexico’s next manager. “I have nothing new to say about that,” he said. “I did see what Don Garber said yesterday...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino  said Friday that he had no comment on more reports, as well as MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s verification, about him agreeing to a contract to become Mexico’s next manager. “I have nothing new to say about that,” he said. “I did see what Don Garber said yesterday...
Atlanta United learned lessons from loss to Red Bulls
 The last time Atlanta United played New York Red Bulls, it didn’t go well. That’s putting it mildly. The final score – a 2-0 Red Bulls win – didn’t tell how comprehensively they pressed, harassed and outplayed the Five Stripes in, at that point, the biggest game in the team’s short history. Now, the teams...

Posted: 2 days ago

The last time Atlanta United played New York Red Bulls, it didn’t go well. That’s putting it mildly. The final score – a 2-0 Red Bulls win – didn’t tell how comprehensively they pressed, harassed and outplayed the Five Stripes in, at that point, the biggest game in the team’s short history. Now, the teams...
Atlanta United tops Forbes list of valuable MLS teams
 Atlanta United topped the Forbes list of most valuable MLS franchises in 2018 with an estimated value of $330 million. The publication estimates that Arthur Blank’s team has revenues of $47 million with operating income losses of $2 million. Among the factors pushing the valuation is the more than 1 million tickets sold to home games...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta United topped the Forbes list of most valuable MLS franchises in 2018 with an estimated value of $330 million. The publication estimates that Arthur Blank’s team has revenues of $47 million with operating income losses of $2 million. Among the factors pushing the valuation is the more than 1 million tickets sold to home games...
MLS Power Poll: Atlanta United remains team to beat
   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: 3. Result: Advanced to Eastern Conference finals by defeating NYCFC. The...

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. Last week: 3. Result: Advanced to Eastern Conference finals by defeating NYCFC. The...
Atlanta United’s Martino named MLS Coach of the Year
 Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino was voted as the MLS Coach of the Year in results released by the league Tuesday. Martino, 55, received an average of 33 percent of first-place votes from the media, players and clubs to edge LAFC’s Bob Bradley (22 percent) and Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes (11 percent). Under Martino, Atlanta...

Posted: 3 days ago

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino was voted as the MLS Coach of the Year in results released by the league Tuesday. Martino, 55, received an average of 33 percent of first-place votes from the media, players and clubs to edge LAFC’s Bob Bradley (22 percent) and Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes (11 percent). Under Martino, Atlanta...
Updated: Nagbe out, four Atlanta United players called up by national teams
 Though Atlanta United is facing MLS playoff games on Nov. 25 and 29, four of its players have been called up by their national teams for the upcoming FIFA window. Darlington Nagbe was called up by the U.S., but has a strained hamstring and won’t participate. He is week to week. He suffered the injury during Atlanta United&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Though Atlanta United is facing MLS playoff games on Nov. 25 and 29, four of its players have been called up by their national teams for the upcoming FIFA window. Darlington Nagbe was called up by the U.S., but has a strained hamstring and won’t participate. He is week to week. He suffered the injury during Atlanta United&rsquo...
Atlanta United’s Remedi man of NYCFC playoff series
 Eric Remedi laughed when asked if his offense - a goal and an assist - was a bonus to the defensive work he did in helping Atlanta United sweep aside NYCFC by an aggregate score of 4-1 in the semifinals of the MLS playoffs. “It’s luck,” he said. Remedi, purchased in the summer to partner with Jeff Larentowicz as defensive...

Posted: 4 days ago

Eric Remedi laughed when asked if his offense - a goal and an assist - was a bonus to the defensive work he did in helping Atlanta United sweep aside NYCFC by an aggregate score of 4-1 in the semifinals of the MLS playoffs. “It’s luck,” he said. Remedi, purchased in the summer to partner with Jeff Larentowicz as defensive...
Robinson shines for Atlanta United in MLS playoff game
 Though a surprise starter and having never appeared in an MLS playoff game, Miles Robinson was one of Atlanta United’s  best players in its 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday, according to manager Gerardo Martino. “He defended well, which was his main job tonight,” Martino said. “He did a few things that...

Posted: 4 days ago

Though a surprise starter and having never appeared in an MLS playoff game, Miles Robinson was one of Atlanta United’s best players in its 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday, according to manager Gerardo Martino. “He defended well, which was his main job tonight,” Martino said. “He did a few things that...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings
 My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8:  Finished with three saves, claimed two crosses and dealt with David Villa’s shenanigans throughout the night. ... Tough save...

Posted: 4 days ago

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8:  Finished with three saves, claimed two crosses and dealt with David Villa’s shenanigans throughout the night. ... Tough save...