• City of Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms offer support for city’s 2026 World Cup host bid
    by Joe Patrick on December 2, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsThe municipality is fully on board with the Atlanta Sports Council’s ongoing work to land a 2026 World Cup match. City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms officially entered the fray in conjunction with the Atlanta Sports Council’s bid to land a 2026 World Cup match at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The mayor said in a statement Wednesday: “Atlanta offers the best that any city can offer—rich culture and diversity, support of human rights issues and a history of successfully hosting national and international events – which makes the city a natural place to host the FIFA World Cup,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Thank you to the FIFA Organizing Committee for considering Atlanta as a Host City for the 2026 competition.” Atlanta appears to be in a strong position to not only land a match, but a prominent one — potentially one of the two semi-finals. The city and Mercedes-Benz Stadium held a prominent place in the North American bid campaign, and Darren Eales and others from the city toured FIFA officials around Atlanta and Mercedes Benz Stadium in April 2018. FIFA’s executive committee voted in favor of the North American bid just two months later in June 2018. Those city leaders campaigning for Atlanta to host a match have continued their work this year. The AJC’s Tim Tucker reported that they met with FIFA officials via video conference in July, with Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso stating afterward, “I think we elevated our chances to solidify the spot as a semifinal host city.” This appears to be more of a formality than anything, but a necessary step that signals that there won’t be significant resistance from municipal leaders as work continues to bring the sport’s biggest stage to the south.

  • Laurence Wyke tweets his goodbye to Atlanta United
    by Kyle Soto on December 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsGood night sweet prince Laurence Wyke tweeted his farewell and gratitude to Atlanta United and fans late Tuesday after two seasons spent across the USL Championship and MLS. Thank you Atlanta!It’s been an unforgettable 2 years. It started with @atlutd2 and ended in many games for the First Team.Can’t thank the club, the staff, and the fans enough for the experiences. I wish @ATLUTD all the best. I’m excited to see what 2021 holds for us both. pic.twitter.com/EaKfbV7PRs— Laurence Wyke (@laurencewyke) December 2, 2020 As reported in November, Wyke’s option was declined by the Atlanta United front office in the annual year-end roster moves. Wyke made his MLS debut back in March (before the fire nation attacked) after signing a Short-Term Agreement to help make up numbers for Atlanta’s MLS season opener matchup against expansion side Nashville. He helped the team secure a 2-1 win after Franco Escobar was forced off with an injury. He signed a first team contract days after the match. Wyke spent his first season in Atlanta playing in the USL Championship where he made 29 appearances, scored three goals and notched one assist. The 24-year-old English defender made seven appearances and started on two occasions for the first team. Best of luck in the future, Laurence!

  • Rare footage of Josef Martinez training with ball emerges
    by Joe Patrick on December 1, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Imageshe posted it on insta FOLKS. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Josef Martinez (@josefmartinez17) ENJOY YOUR EVENING

  • Academy Alumni NCAA 2020 Fall Season Recap: Juniors
    by Film_Fan on December 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Charlie AsensioA recap of the college season that was and a preview what the future might bring for Atlanta United’s second class of college juniors. This week we take a look at Atlanta United’s alumni competing in the Fall season who were part of the academy classes of 2017 and 2018. Like we discussed last week, only the ACC, Sun Belt, and a handful of independent teams decided to compete, so we will not be discussing William Crain (Brown University), Justin Garces (UCLA), Sam Morton (Princeton University), Nicolas Perez (Brown University), or Berk Watson (University of San Diego) since they have yet to compete in their seasons. Instead, we will focus on another small group of players from Clemson, Georgia State, Mercer, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. David Platt Charlie AsensioThe headliner of this class of Juniors is Clemson’s dependable left back, Charlie Asensio. Asensio is a quick and experienced fullback who just helped lead Clemson to the 2020 ACC Championship. Asensio started all ten matches for the Tigers and used his athleticism and intelligence to effectively position himself to take away opportunities for opposing sides on his flank while playing key passes to spring the Clemson counter attack. Asensio’s solid Junior ACC campaign earned him a #24 overall ranking by Soccerwire among Fall season players. Charlie has played an integral role for the Tigers beginning with his freshman year in 2018. He starting 16 of the 17 matches he played on his way to being honored as a member of the ACC All-Freshman team. Asensio went on to feature prominently for Clemson helping the team to 10 shutouts in 22 matches in his second season and tallying his 45th cap in his Junior campaign. Asensio attributes his early success to his time with Atlanta United where he was part of a select few players who got to train with the first team. Start your morning with this beautiful goal from Kimarni Smith #ClemsonUnited pic.twitter.com/1iefJkgw40— Clemson Men's Soccer (@ClemsonMSoccer) October 6, 2020 Charlie will likely return to Clemson for his senior season and will become a coveted senior for many domestic professional squads due to his experience with the USA U-17 Residency Program, Atlanta United’s academy, and a top-tier college program. Charlie’s floor is a Mikey Ambrose kind of contributor for an MLS team or a Jack Metcalf leader for a USL Championship team but he is capable of growing into more. Look for him to continue filling a valuable leadership role for wherever he plays next. Clay Dawes began his Junior season at Georgia State with something to prove. After accumulating over 700 minutes over 14 matches in his freshman season, Dawes missed the entirety of 2019 due to injury. While training during the summer lockdown, Dawes shared his thoughts about the upcoming season to Georgia State’s athletics blog: “This season is going to be a big one for us both on and off the field,” said Dawes. “Off the field this past year we put almost every player on academic honor roll and that is something we take great pride in so replicating and trying to beat that will be a good challenge for all of us. “On the field we have another final to get to. The team last year had many setbacks, individually through injury and collectively as one team, but we focused on the principles our team put into place at the beginning of the year and made it further than many expected us to. For this upcoming season it would be much of the same, we will have a strong core of upperclassmen and a lot of promising young guys that will play big roles to help us not only hopefully regain the Sun Belt title but also put our stamp in the NCAA tournament as well.” Rich Von Biberstein Clay DawesWith an impressive group of defenders, Georgia State’s Coach Brett Surrency moved Dawes to the defensive midfield. Across his six matches played, Georgia State went 5-1 with a combined scoring of 13-3. That is pure dominance of their regional competition. Unfortunately for Dawes, the Panthers fell just short of the championship, losing to Coastal Carolina in the finals. Another key contributor for Georgia State is Victor Pereya-Zevala. Pereya-Zevala generally starts as part of the attacking four or five players for the Panthers and often ends up in wide areas on the right to use his speed and creativity to produce opportunities for his teammates. He was part of the first group of academy players to feature for the 2’s in their inaugural season and has since translated that brief professional experience to his work rate in college. Rich Von Biberstein Victor Pereya-ZevalaThis season, he appeared in seven matches (starting five) and played 309 minutes across all matches. Like Clayton Dawes, he went unused in the postseason with the October 13th match against University of Alabama-Birmingham marking the end of his season. Statistically, this was a brutal season for Pereya-Zevala, with no goals or assists and only three shots attempted from the right winger spot. He will likely enter his senior season seeking to make a greater impact for Georgia State and to regain valuable minutes that he last as the season progressed. Blake WhiteBlake White’s fall exhibition season lacked the flair and excitement of his previous two years at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. White came into the season as an exciting attacking midfielder who was seen as a bright spot for this Conference USA team. In 2019 he led his team in goals and shots on goal for UAB while also augmenting his development outside of the collegiate circuit with the Georgia Revolution in the NPSL. He looked set for a breakout junior campaign. That breakout may still happen in the Spring but the coaching staff seemed determined to use White sparingly in otherwise meaningless matches. White featured in four of the six exhibition matches in the fall, averaging a little under 45 minutes of play in each match. He tallied just five shots with no goals and no assists. It does not seem fair to judge him on what on preseason play so we will hold off judgement until play resumes in February. Dawson GideonFor Dawson Gideon and Mike Ille, Mercer’s Fall exhibition season was likely one to forget. The Mercer Bears went 1-4 in their mostly-in-state series of matches that drew two losses to Georgia State and a commanding win against Georgia Southern. Gideon featured heavily for a Mercer team with a lot of familiar Atlanta United academy names up and down its roster. He played out wide and as a second striker, attempting to use his speed and shiftiness to take on fullbacks. Gideon does get dispossessed a little too easily at times but presses well enough to win some of those turnovers back. Gideon will be an even more important part of Mercer’s offense if fellow-junior Trevor Martineau leaves for the MLS Superdraft. Martineau is the most dangerous offensive weapon for this Mercer side, so replacing him as the primary outlet for #10 Dylan Gaither will be a big responsibility for Gideon. Mike IlleMike Ille is still trying to work his way into more regular minutes with his new team. After beginning his collegiate career alongside Charlie Asensio at Clemson, he quickly transferred to Mercer where he has appeared consistently as a substitute for his new team. That may be the story for the rest of his career, a dozen minutes per match, but one has to think he wants more than that. That completes our list of Juniors. Let us know who you are most excited about and look for the next segment of this series when we take a look at the very exciting Sophomore class.

  • Update: George Bello to remain with Atlanta United during Concacaf Champions League training camp
    by Joe Patrick on November 30, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesTurns out Atlanta United’s left back will not serve international duty this month. Atlanta United left back George Bello was not included on the roster released Monday evening for the United States Men’s National Team training camp and friendly against El Salvador next week. A source told Dirty South Soccer on Saturday that Bello’s participation with the national team in the December camp was dependent upon the club allowing him to be released. An Atlanta United spokesperson told Dirty South Soccer Monday that the club did not interfere with a potential call-up for the 18-year old left back. With the friendly taking place outside of a FIFA international window, clubs are not required to release players to their national teams. Regardless, it’ll be a disappointment for Bello, who conceivably could’ve played in the friendly, which U.S. Soccer announced Sunday will take place Dec. 9, before the team’s participation in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals against Club America on Dec. 16. Bello trained with an isolated small group in accordance with covid protocols as the team resumed training Monday after a hiatus since the team’s regular season ended. Bello has featured heavily for the United States in the youth ranks, most recently starting two of three games for the U.S. in the U-17 World Cup in Brazil. In 2016-17, Bello was named the the Eastern Conference Player of the Season by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at just 15 years of age. But Bello’s biggest career breakthrough came this year. In what was a dismal season for the team, Bello’s performances were a regular source of optimism for fans and club brass. The 18-year-old started 19 of Atlanta United’s 23 games during the 2020 campaign after having only appeared three times under Tata Martino in 2018 and never in a league match under Frank de Boer in 2019.

  • Atlanta United 2020 Report Cards: Brooks Lennon
    by Joe Patrick on November 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty ImagesBrooks Lennon wasn’t perfect this year, but he was a workhorse Atlanta United could rely on Somebody once said that 90 percent of life is just about showing up, and if there’s something to be said about Brooks Lennon in 2020, it’s that he stood up and was counted when Atlanta United needed him. Lennon was Atlanta United’s only outfield player to appear in every single MLS match during a season where it’d be very easy to claim a bad back, a tweaked groin, or even just straight up fatigue during a brutal season. But Lennon didn’t do any of those things, and his record of appearances is an indication that he was giving both Frank de Boer and Stephen Glass reasons to choose him with his performances in training. There’s something — a LOT — to be said for that kind of professionalism. Position: Right side Games Played: 23 (19 starts) Goals: 2 Assists: 3 What went right this season? On top of his fitness and ability to make himself available to managers at all times (including starting a match on late notice when the club suddenly and unexpectedly completed the transfer of Pity Martinez), Lennon provided functionality on the right side. Whether as a fullback or a winger, Lennon’s directness and hard running up the touchline was useful for the team tactically. As Jurgen Damm came into the side, he was moved back to play more fullback, but handled it well and typically offered average-or-above performances – something that can’t be said for many players during a miserable season. What does he need to improve on? Despite his general consistency, there were some individual errors committed by Lennon that can be cleaned up. The 4-2 loss on the road to Nashville SC probably stands out as his worst individual performance. Generally speaking, Lennon is a player that is well-drilled on the fundamental technical aspects of the game, but could use with expanding his vision and ability to switch the play and find space for the team to exploit. Sometimes it seems like Lennon plays with his head down and only sees players in his immediate vicinity, making it easier for the opposition to squeeze down around the ball and set up a counter-press opportunity. What role will he play in 2021? As for specific areas of improvement, it really depends on where the club sees Lennon long term. While most of his time this year came playing in the attack, it’s hard to see a clear role for him in the same spot next year considering Jurgen Damm’s good run of form at RW in the final portion of the season. But will he play fullback if Franco Escobar returns? Maybe. Would a new manager play with a three-man defense and use Lennon as a wingback? Maybe! There’s still much to be decided with Lennon. But much like the man he replaced in Julian Gressel, I suspect Atlanta’s new manager in 2021 is going to be hard pressed to keep him off the field despite forces seemingly working against him. Overall player grade: B

  • Academy Alumni NCAA 2020 Fall Season Recap: Seniors
    by Film_Fan on November 25, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Macho Chol A recap of the college season that was and a preview what the future might bring for Atlanta United’s first class of college seniors. We are about to witness history for Atlanta United’s Academy. For the first time, a class of alumni will conclude their senior season and contemplate their professional futures, domestic and abroad. The academy class of 2017 is a comparatively small one, with each player spending only the tail end of their academy careers with Atlanta United. Each player was born in 1998 like Atlanta United Homegrown players Patrick Okonkwo and Lagos Kunga, and enter a very different professional landscape than when they entered college almost four years ago. All of these players left for college prior to Atlanta United 2’s inaugural season. All of these players were midway through their collegiate careers when 3rd Division USL League One launched. No matter whether their future is determined in the upcoming MLS Superdraft or elsewhere, there are more opportunities for college players to join American professional teams than ever before. The timeline for when these players may become pros is still to be decided. Due to an unprecedented scheduling of the 2020-2021 NCAA Men’s Soccer season, most college programs did not compete in the Fall season. Only the ACC, Sun Belt, and a handful of independent teams decided to compete. For most players, their season has not yet begun. For all players, the season will not be over until the end of the 36-team tournament spanning April and May. Though all of our seniors competed this fall, they have not yet declared their intention of remaining with their teams for the Spring or declaring for the Superdraft in January. Machop Chol (Wake Forest) and Bryce Washington (Pitt) are the top two seniors of this class. Both players feature prominently for top ACC programs that both suffered disappointing defeats in the ACC Conference Tournament. Both players are likely hungry for revenge, or at least another crack at a trophy in their final season with their teams. Whether Chol can lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the promised land, or whether Washington can do the same with Pitt is anyone’s guess, but that will certainly be a nagging desire in the back of their minds as their ponder their respective futures. Machop Chol - Wake ForestMachop Chol could be our next Homegrown Player and our first from the college player pool. Chol has dramatically improved with each year under Coach Muuss’s tutelage and projects to continue his growth in the right system. Chol is lanky, quick, and has a deft touch to curl tantalizing crosses into the box from the right wing. Imagining Chol lobbing chances in for Josef Martinez is enough to get any Atlanta United fan salivating. Chol leads a growing contingent of academy alumni at Wake Forest and seems to relish that role, bringing a glowing energy to his team on and off of the field. His joy, skill, and personality will make him an instant fan favorite. If there is any justice in the world, Machop Chol will be playing alongside Jackson Conway with the 2’s next season. Bryce Washington - PittBryce Washington was a vital element of a Pitt Panthers team that went undefeated in ACC Conference play all of the way until the Championship. There, Washington, like his teammates, seemed mentally and physically fatigued early against a relentless Clemson attack that pounced on two defensive lapses to win. Unlike in the majority of the season, Washington stuck out with a couple of key marking mistakes that led to goals and several other moments when he was out of the play. To be fair, one of them could have been dealt with if his teammate had switched on to help rather than leaving Washington on an island, but that did not happen and it led to the first goal of the match. That criticism aside, this writer would be delighted to have Bryce Washington return to Atlanta as a member of our organization. Standing at 6’2”, Washington possesses a similar physical frame as Miles Robinson and can be relied upon to play solid defense thanks to his athleticism and his positioning. Washington is the last man back as waves of Pitt players move forward in their potent attack. With the right coaching and with some veteran instruction, Washington could become a Robinson-lite who could offer a steadying influence at the back. For our other seniors, the end of the season could not come soon enough. Aldair Cortes and Alhaji Tambadu found themselves on a very bad Georgia Southern team that bottomed out in a challenging Sun Belt conference season. Kareve Richards’ Mercer Bears also struggled in a non-conference sleight of matches that illuminated plenty of areas for team-wide improvements ahead of the Southern Conference schedule in the Spring. All of these players will be looking ahead to the spring season to try to help their teams reset and prepare for what comes next. Georgia Southern Aldair CortesAldair Cortes (Georgia Southern) is the de facto leader of the Georgia Southern Eagles. He is a talented a hardworking midfielder with a plethora of collegiate awards and recognitions to his name beginning with his 2017 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year award. As a senior, Cortes leads a troubled Georgia Southern program that has not been able to find a win, let alone a draw, in a shortened Sun Belt season. Cortes has started all nine of the Eagles’ matches, producing at a statistically consistent rate for his team. While his scoring comes up short of his collegiate career-high 5 goals last season, his work rate remains high and he is able to will a goal for his side from time to time like this. Aldair Cortes started and finished a pretty sweet run of play from @GSAthletics_MSO tonight.Eagles have a week to prepare before rival Georgia State comes to town (next Saturday at 7 p.m.)!Check out the full highlights from tonight's game against UCA-> https://t.co/dvu0tKCErU pic.twitter.com/ypZmprwrpJ— Connor DelPrete (@WSAVConnorD) October 11, 2020 Cortes is the sort of player who could catch on in a USL league in the United States or in a Central American league. He is certainly talented enough to play beyond college, but he may be very close to his current ceiling. Alhaji TambaduLike Aldair Cortes, Alhalji Tambadu (Georgia Southern) has been a constant presence for Georgia Southern during his four years with the team. Playing mostly in the midfielder alongside his former Atlanta United teammate Aldair Cortes, Tambadu averages between 55-80 minutes per match and will take a crack at goal at least once during each of those appearances. In 2019, Tambadu won the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic Tournament MVP after shifting from defensive midfield to attacking midfield. He seemed set to break out in his senior season after becoming the leading goalscorer for the Eagles, but the challenges of life during the pandemic and the arrival of their rivals Georgia State as a powerhouse seem to have hampered that opportunity. Tambadu has played well during his senior season but has simply not produced enough for his team to win. The USL looks like a good immediate future for Tambadu as he continues to improve. Kareve RichardsKareve Richards (Mercer) is the defensive anchor of a Mercer team still trying to find their potential. With Mercer’s conference season postponed until the Spring, the team took advantage of their close proximity to in-state rivals who were competing to secure some much-needed non-conference matches. Though the results may not be what the team was hoping for, a lot of players got valuable experience and the seniors got to continue showcasing their abilities. Richards has had quite the collegiate career. While featuring regularly for the Mercer Bears during his full four years at the college, Richards also competed for the Division-4 South Georgia Tormenta 2 side in USL League Two. Richards is not a flashy defender by any means. He is solid, athletic, and positions himself well to support his partners on the backline. His role is mostly the cover man, and can usually hold his own when he is not hung out to dry by his teammates. That completes our list of Seniors. Let us know who you are most excited about and look for the next segment of this series when we take a look at the Juniors.

  • Jeff Larentowicz won’t return to Atlanta United in 2021
    by Sydney Hunte on November 24, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsThe midfielder and MLS veteran will not return to the club in 2021. Jeff Larentowicz has made 121 appearances for Atlanta United, if you count regular season and playoffs. When you throw in U.S. Open Cup, Concacaf Champions League and Campeones Cup, it’s 131. That’s just over 25 percent of a long, successful Major League Soccer career that has spanned 5 clubs, 16 seasons, and 515 games. There’s also 5 trophies, as well. It’s not known if the 37-year-old will return for a 17th season, but if he does, it will not be with Atlanta United, who announced that his option for 2021 has been declined—signaling the end of this chapter of his career. “Jeff is going to take some time to think about what he’s going to do for next year,” vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said during a virtual media session following the club’s announcement of its year-end roster moves. “He’s had a fantastic career for us here. ... You can’t say enough nice things about Jeff and how much he meant to this club and how much he meant to this city. And when the time comes, we really would look forward to welcoming him back at Mercedes-Benz to appreciate him and all he’s done for this club.” Atlanta United posted a 90-second retrospective of Larentowicz’s career with the club shortly after announcing the news: Class is forever.Thank you for everything, Jeff Larentowicz. pic.twitter.com/vMPC5BmsAx— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) November 24, 2020 As an original Five Stripe, Larentowicz helped lay the groundwork for the club’s success, despite it having an off year in 2020. While he wasn’t the face of the team, he certainly represented the heart and soul of it as his hard work ethic and leadership will be hard to replace. Thanks for everything, Jeff. (We’ll do a deeper dive into his Atlanta career soon, but what are some of your favorite Larentowicz memories? Feel free to leave them in the comments.)

  • How trading Darlington Nagbe helped the Timbers get deeper and better in 2020
    by Felipe Cardenas on November 20, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    While Atlanta United has struggled without one of the league's best midfielders, the Timbers have arguably gotten stronger.

  • MLS Playoffs picks: Breakout star, bracket busters, and who will lift MLS Cup
    by The Athletic Soccer staff on November 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    The Athletic's MLS writers discuss their picks and whether the record books should list the 2020 champion with an asterisk

  • MLS will trim 2021 SuperDraft to three rounds from four: Sources
    by Jeff Rueter and Sam Stejskal on November 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    The draft will be held in its usual timeframe in January despite a delayed NCAA men's soccer season

  • MLS planning to start 2021 regular season in March despite pandemic concerns
    by Paul Tenorio on November 13, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Despite revenue concerns, MLS will proceed with the start of the 2021 season as regularly scheduled

  • Falcons’ Arthur Blank, unlike peers, rejects esports as contrary to his values
    by Daniel Kaplan on November 12, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    As esports audiences grow, Blank explains he hasn't invested in esports because it's behavior he wouldn't encourage in his own children.

  • Assessing the changes Atlanta United will look to make for 2021
    by Felipe Cardenas on November 11, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    The club's leadership faces a challenging task this offseason

  • CONCACAF Champions League will conclude in Orlando this December
    by Nicholas Mendola on November 10, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    The tournament restarts behind closed doors four days after the MLS Cup Final, with Orlando hosting the final 7 matches of the CONCACAF Champions League.

  • Q&A: Fulton County election director Rick Barron on his famous Timbers lanyard
    by Jeff Rueter on November 6, 2020 at 12:14 am

    The Fulton County elections director was spotted with a Portland Timbers lanyard on TV. So naturally, we reached out and asked about it.

  • In Franco Escobar, Atlanta United faces a new conundrum with a key defender
    by Felipe Cardenas on November 5, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Escobar has proven his worth to the team, but a shift in culture could see the Argentine move on at the end of his contract

  • Cardenas: High stakes of FC Cincy matchup shows how far Atlanta United has fallen
    by Felipe Cardenas on October 30, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    At the start of 2019, an FCC-Atlanta United match started a slide. As 2020 comes to a close, that slide continues.

  • Inside MLS’s debate over homegrown territory rules
    by Paul Tenorio on October 28, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    A movement to rid MLS of homegrown territories is gathering steam, but some in the league want the restrictions to stay

  • The short life and long death of Chivas USA
    by Pablo Maurer and Sam Stejskal on October 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Chivas USA wasn't around for long, but the lessons of MLS's most egregious cautionary tale resonate to this day

  • How Atlanta United’s missed signings, unclear plan have led to a subpar 2020
    by Felipe Cardenas on October 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Atlanta United is now a club without a clear direction, with a bevy of disappointing recent signings to match

  • Disconnect: As MLS teams back social causes, owners’ money often fights them
    by Pablo Maurer and Sam Stejskal on October 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

    A deep dive into the contributions of MLS owners shows many that contradict teams' support for Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ issues and more

  • MLS: Five things we learned
    by Nicholas Mendola on October 15, 2020 at 2:50 am

    A 17-year-old USMNT prospect scored a ridiculous goal, a well-traveled midfielder kept Nashville SC in the playoff race, and FC Cincinnati stunned Columbus.

  • MLS to launch reserves league beginning play in 2021, sources say
    by Jeff Rueter on October 13, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    The new U-23 league will have big impacts on the USL and will consolidate MLS's role in its clubs' player development pathways

  • After ‘dumb decisions’ in Atlanta, Andrew Carleton is rising again in USL
    by Jeff Rueter on September 29, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    The still-young U.S. standout is getting playing time and making plays in the second division

  • MLS clubs facing conundrum over releasing players for October FIFA dates
    by Paul Tenorio and Sam Stejskal on September 25, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Factoring in time for quarantine, losing international players this October could be a big competitive blow for the league.

  • How MLS can strengthen its already-existing diversity hiring initiative
    by Sam Stejskal on September 21, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Two groups of current and former players along with a leading expert recommend more accountability for hiring practices

  • A Black soccer culture rose up in Atlanta. Now, it seeks lasting progress.
    by Felipe Cardenas on September 17, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Four Atlantans tell their stories about building a new culture in the city, and the work that's still left to do to strengthen it

  • Atlanta United forging ahead with roster moves while not rushing manager search
    by Felipe Cardenas on September 15, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    As results continue to disappoint, the club is attempting to build toward a post-De Boer era

  • Atlanta United sells Pity Martinez to Al-Nassr for big fee
    by Nicholas Mendola on September 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    The weird, hyped, and spectacularly okay ride of Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez through Major League Soccer is over after about 20 months.