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.

Latest from Doug Roberson

Atlanta United must stop Chris Wondolowski with MLS record in his sights
 With an MLS playoff berth locked up and in control of the Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta United’s defenders can continue to fine-tune their performances for postseason challenges. After giving up three goals to D.C. United two weeks ago, the team rebounded to post its seventh shutout this season in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colorado...

Posted: 8 hours ago

With an MLS playoff berth locked up and in control of the Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta United’s defenders can continue to fine-tune their performances for postseason challenges. After giving up three goals to D.C. United two weeks ago, the team rebounded to post its seventh shutout this season in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colorado...
Numbers that matter in Atlanta United’s season
 Numerical notes about Atlanta United while waiting for the sun to rise in Northern California: Points earned by Atlanta United will guarantee a home playoff game. Atlanta United can clinch with a win against San Jose on Wednesday or by Philadelphia not defeating Seattle on Wednesday. Players this season have scored at least 10 goals and notched...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Numerical notes about Atlanta United while waiting for the sun to rise in Northern California: Points earned by Atlanta United will guarantee a home playoff game. Atlanta United can clinch with a win against San Jose on Wednesday or by Philadelphia not defeating Seattle on Wednesday. Players this season have scored at least 10 goals and notched...
MLS Power Poll: Week 29 and guess who is on top
 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. Atlanta United (17-5-6) Last week: 1. Result: 3-0 win at Colorado. How they got here: LWWWWDWWWLWLDWDWDWLWDWWDWWLW...

Posted: 21 hours 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. Atlanta United (17-5-6) Last week: 1. Result: 3-0 win at Colorado. How they got here: LWWWWDWWWLWLDWDWDWLWDWWDWWLW...
Two Atlanta United vets compliment Ralston
 Two Atlanta United players say that Steve Ralston, named interim coach of San Jose on Monday after the team announced the firing of Mikael Stahre, is a good guy who should have a team of motivated players when the Earthquakes host the Five Stripes on Wednesday. Stahre was the third MLS manager fired this season, joining Sigi Schmid at L.A...

Posted: a day ago

Two Atlanta United players say that Steve Ralston, named interim coach of San Jose on Monday after the team announced the firing of Mikael Stahre, is a good guy who should have a team of motivated players when the Earthquakes host the Five Stripes on Wednesday. Stahre was the third MLS manager fired this season, joining Sigi Schmid at L.A...
Atlanta United has second-fewest minutes from subs, but they’re ready
 Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino admits that he doesn’t like to change personnel in the starting lineup. It’s hard to argue with his reasoning.  Atlanta United is atop the Supporters’ Shield standings with 57 points and has scored more goals than anyone in MLS (59) and has the largest goal-difference (plus-26)...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino admits that he doesn’t like to change personnel in the starting lineup. It’s hard to argue with his reasoning.  Atlanta United is atop the Supporters’ Shield standings with 57 points and has scored more goals than anyone in MLS (59) and has the largest goal-difference (plus-26)...
San Jose fires coach ahead of Atlanta United game
 Atlanta United’s task in defeating San Jose on Wednesday may have gotten easier on Monday after the Quakes reportedly fired coach Mikael Stahre. ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle posted the news. Under Stahre, 43, San Jose had just 20 points, the lowest total in the league. He will be replaced by assistant coach Steve Ralston. The tipping...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta United’s task in defeating San Jose on Wednesday may have gotten easier on Monday after the Quakes reportedly fired coach Mikael Stahre. ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle posted the news. Under Stahre, 43, San Jose had just 20 points, the lowest total in the league. He will be replaced by assistant coach Steve Ralston. The tipping...
Things to know about Atlanta United this week
 Five things to know about Atlanta United this week: 1. Atlanta United defeated Colorado 3-0 on Saturday behind two goals and an assist from Miguel Almiron, two assists by Julian Gressel and a sterling return to the starting lineup by Darlington Nagbe. 2. Atlanta United’s road trip will continue with a game at struggling San...

Posted: a day ago

Five things to know about Atlanta United this week: 1. Atlanta United defeated Colorado 3-0 on Saturday behind two goals and an assist from Miguel Almiron, two assists by Julian Gressel and a sterling return to the starting lineup by Darlington Nagbe. 2. Atlanta United’s road trip will continue with a game at struggling San...
With Nagbe back, attempt to press Atlanta United is futile
 Colorado came out fired up in the opening seconds of Saturday’s MLS game against Atlanta United. Pressing across the field, the Rapids wanted to force the Five Stripes, already trying to deal with the thin air and hair dryer blown heat, into an early mistake that could affect the game. Atlanta United has seen this tactic before. ...

Posted: 2 days ago

Colorado came out fired up in the opening seconds of Saturday’s MLS game against Atlanta United. Pressing across the field, the Rapids wanted to force the Five Stripes, already trying to deal with the thin air and hair dryer blown heat, into an early mistake that could affect the game. Atlanta United has seen this tactic before. ...
Atlanta United 3, Colorado 0: Player ratings
 My ratings for Atlanta United’s player from Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colorado: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Had to work a little bit harder in the second half than he probably would have liked to notch team’s seventh shutout. Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Making his first start at centerback since the first game at Houston...

Posted: 2 days ago

My ratings for Atlanta United’s player from Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colorado: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7.5: Had to work a little bit harder in the second half than he probably would have liked to notch team’s seventh shutout. Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, 7: Making his first start at centerback since the first game at Houston...
Atlanta United ties MLS mark for road wins
 Atlanta United views a road map more like a welcome mat. After picking up three more points on the road in a 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday, the Five Stripes’ record away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 9-3-2. There are eight teams in MLS that haven’t won that many games home and away this season. They tied the MLS post-shootout...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta United views a road map more like a welcome mat. After picking up three more points on the road in a 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday, the Five Stripes’ record away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 9-3-2. There are eight teams in MLS that haven’t won that many games home and away this season. They tied the MLS post-shootout...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Colorado 0
 In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike Conti of 92.9FM and Jason Longshore of 92.9 FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday. Don’t forget to subscribe the podcast.

Posted: 2 days ago

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike Conti of 92.9FM and Jason Longshore of 92.9 FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday. Don’t forget to subscribe the podcast.