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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Atlanta United players say they must respond better to in-game adversity
 Two of Atlanta United’s most-experienced players said the team needs to better handle adversity in games if they want to remain contenders for the MLS Cup. Their thoughts were expressed after Atlanta United was beaten by New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Sunday in a game that featured several controversial calls made using the Video Assistant...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two of Atlanta United’s most-experienced players said the team needs to better handle adversity in games if they want to remain contenders for the MLS Cup. Their thoughts were expressed after Atlanta United was beaten by New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Sunday in a game that featured several controversial calls made using the Video Assistant...
Atlanta United will host Charleston in U.S. Open Cup
 Atlanta United will host Charleston Battery in the U.S. Open Cup for the second consecutive year. The game will be played at Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium on June 6. The U.S. Open Cup is an annual tournament that started in 1914. It features amateurs, semi-professional and professional teams. Atlanta United went 1-1 in last...

Posted: 3 days ago

Atlanta United will host Charleston Battery in the U.S. Open Cup for the second consecutive year. The game will be played at Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium on June 6. The U.S. Open Cup is an annual tournament that started in 1914. It features amateurs, semi-professional and professional teams. Atlanta United went 1-1 in last...
Voting opens Thursday for MLS All-Star game in Atlanta
 Supporters of MLS can begin voting Thursday for which of the league’s players they want to see on the All-Star team that will play Juventus in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 1. Voting can be done on the MLS app. Voting will also open online June 8-20. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the game. Three Atlanta United players...

Posted: 3 days ago

Supporters of MLS can begin voting Thursday for which of the league’s players they want to see on the All-Star team that will play Juventus in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 1. Voting can be done on the MLS app. Voting will also open online June 8-20. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the game. Three Atlanta United players...
More than 40K tickets sold for MLS All-Star game in Atlanta
 More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for this summer’s MLS All-Star game featuring Juventus at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be played Aug. 1. Juventus is the most successful club in Italy. It recently won Serie A, Italy’s top division, for a record 34th time. It has 55 domestic trophies and won 11 international...

Posted: 4 days ago

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for this summer’s MLS All-Star game featuring Juventus at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be played Aug. 1. Juventus is the most successful club in Italy. It recently won Serie A, Italy’s top division, for a record 34th time. It has 55 domestic trophies and won 11 international...
MLS Week 13: Ranking the games
 1. Columbus at Sporting KC, 6 p.m. Sunday. A win will vault the Crew atop the East. Who would have thunk that? 2. Dallas at Toronto, 8 p.m. Friday. Two teams that are underperforming but still have the potential to win the MLS Cup. Does it start here? 3. NYCFC at Houston, 8:55 p.m. Friday. Houston at NYCFC … not a great...

Posted: 4 days ago

1. Columbus at Sporting KC, 6 p.m. Sunday. A win will vault the Crew atop the East. Who would have thunk that? 2. Dallas at Toronto, 8 p.m. Friday. Two teams that are underperforming but still have the potential to win the MLS Cup. Does it start here? 3. NYCFC at Houston, 8:55 p.m. Friday. Houston at NYCFC … not a great...
MLS Power Poll: Week 12
 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. 1. New York Red Bulls (7-3-0) Last week: 2. Result: 3-1 win at Atlanta United. I wish the Red...

Posted: 5 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. 1. New York Red Bulls (7-3-0) Last week: 2. Result: 3-1 win at Atlanta United. I wish the Red...
PRO answers questions about Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls
 The Professional Referee Organization answered questions about refereeing decisions made during Sunday’s game between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Yes, the (replay system) was properly used as all incidents in the Attacking Possession Phase (APP) are checked leading to a goal, penalty or Denial of...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Professional Referee Organization answered questions about refereeing decisions made during Sunday’s game between Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Yes, the (replay system) was properly used as all incidents in the Attacking Possession Phase (APP) are checked leading to a goal, penalty or Denial of...
Martino, Atlanta United critical of MLS officiating
 Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino’s right leg was practically vibrating in agitation under the table as he said some of the 800 words focused on the officiating in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martino has never held back from criticizing the officials in his 47 regular season...

Posted: 6 days ago

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino’s right leg was practically vibrating in agitation under the table as he said some of the 800 words focused on the officiating in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martino has never held back from criticizing the officials in his 47 regular season...
Southern Fried Soccer: New York Red Bulls 3, Atlanta United 1
 In this episode of the soccer podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Posted: 6 days ago

In this episode of the soccer podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta United gored by New York Red Bulls
 More controversial officiating combined with some poor defending resulted in Atlanta United falling to New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In a battle of early MLS MVP candidates, New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two goals, and played a role in another, to Miguel Almiron’s none to hand the Five...

Posted: 6 days ago

More controversial officiating combined with some poor defending resulted in Atlanta United falling to New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In a battle of early MLS MVP candidates, New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two goals, and played a role in another, to Miguel Almiron’s none to hand the Five...
Atlanta United expects intensity from Red Bulls
 The New York Red Bulls may be the most intense opponent that Atlanta United will face this season, according to manager Gerardo Martino, when the teams meet Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “They are an intense team on the whole field: playing, pressing, defending, everything they do,” Martino said.  Atlanta United leads...

Posted: 7 days ago

The New York Red Bulls may be the most intense opponent that Atlanta United will face this season, according to manager Gerardo Martino, when the teams meet Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “They are an intense team on the whole field: playing, pressing, defending, everything they do,” Martino said.  Atlanta United leads...