A hard fought game in Seattle ended in a 0 – 0 draw. While the result is one to be proud of, traveling to last years champions and earning a point, it was not won in glamorous fashion. For the first time this season Atlanta looked out played and out possessed for most of the match. The first half showed initial promise, with the majority of possession going to the visitors. The second half, on the other hand, left much to be desired from the point of Atlanta.
Julian Gressel, while being issued a yellow in the first half for a high tackle, showed the most energy on and off the ball. The young, first year draft pick out of Providence, showed up with a high work rate and tenacious style that dictated the center of the pitch. His aggressive style sets the tone in the middle of the park. The back four, Garza, Mears, Parkhurst, and Gonzalez Pirez, proved to be the difference in the match.
Atlanta played in a new 4-3-3 setup, and their inexperience and discomfort for the formation showed. The lack of width, in an already wider pitch, gave Seattle far too much space to possess the ball and dictate the run of play. Compensating for the loss of Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba lead the attack from the front. While there were spurts of brilliance, the overall consensus must be felt that missing Martinez is a critical blow to Atlanta’s attack.
All in all, the result is one to be proud of, however, the manner in which the result was achieved is far from ideal. Atlanta look forward to Toronto next week in game two of the extended road trip.
With the MLS home opener less than a week away, the big question for Atlanta United supporters, and league officials, is what are Atlanta United going to do about their International player cap issue. with nine (9) available international spots, and twelve (12) remaining international players on the active roster, Atlanta have to make some moves to make the squad eligible for the home opener.
Today Atlanta United announced that International players Chris McCann and Kenwyan Jones have successfully received their paperwork for Green Cards, making them legal US nationals in the eyes of the MLS. This lowers our remaining international players list to ten (10) leaving only one player out. With plenty of roomers surrounding this move we will keep you up to date on all the developments as they come in.
Atlanta United FC and Fox Sports South announced this morning (2/21/17) that they have agreed upon a multi year TV deal. Starting in the 2017 MLS season, of which 19 games will be televised, including the home opener March 5th against the New York Red Bulls. The remaining 15 games will be televised nationally by either ESPN, FOX Sports or Univision.
Atlanta United’s front office states it has sold over 27,000 season tickets for the home opener March 5th, which is more than half of the 40,000 in attendance.
Fox Sports has already dipped their proverbial toe in the soccer world by picking up the Barclays Premier League a few years ago. The MLS was a logical next step for the American network. Atlanta United will be hiring their own on air personalities, including play-by-play and sideline personnel.
The MLS announced their official 2017 regular season schedule a few months ago. Atlanta United FC will host the New Your Red Bulls on March 5th 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Bobby Dodd Stadium on Georgia Techs downtown campus. It is an exciting time for the long patient ATL UTD FC fans as the day fast approaches.
You can see and sync ATL’s entire 2017 MLS schedule HERE
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At yesterdays inaugural game in Chattanooga TN, Atlanta United FC unveiled their all new secondary kit, and it is stunning. The simple all grey with a flat red accent shows that sometimes less is more. The team unveiled the kit during a halftime celebration with some lucky fans and sported the kit, for the first time, during the second half of the game.
Adidas did not disappoint as the lines for the kiosks following the final whistle quickly filled with fans hoping to get their hands on the new kit. The march to March 5th continues in some style for Atlanta United FC, and with a successful first game, hopes are high among the supporters.
Read our full game review here.
It was a great night in Chattanooga where Atlanta United FC fans were treated to a taste of what the upcoming MLS season has to offer. With two goals in the first half and two in the second, ATL UTD coasted to a comfortable 4 – 0 win over Chattanooga FC. It was a refreshing site as ATL UTD looked like a team on another level. The second goal of the game was an early contender for goal of the season as newly appointed number 11, Yamil Asad, slotted his second goal of the match into the side netting from the left corner of the box. The 22 year old Argentine showed great poise and versatility for a debut for Atlanta. Among the other goal scorers were number 7, Josef Martinez, who headed in a low cross from the right corner, and Atlanta native, Andrew Carleton (#30) who impressed with his work rate and footwork.
Atlanta showed great poise in the back four, moving the ball around confidently while keeping the clean sheet. Irishman, Chris McCann (#16) impressed in the central defensive midfield position, as he controlled possession and moved the ball like a veteran in the first half. Having him in front of the back four distributing the ball around looks like a promising situation. Manager, Tata, experimented with the squad, giving almost every player a shot at some point, which made it very exciting for the traveling fans.
To top off the wonderful experience that was ATL UTD’s first pre-season match, they unveiled the new second kit for the first time, which might have been the highlight of the night. The initial red and gold kit is stunning enough, but, this new all grey and off red kit stole the show.
All in all it was a great first match for the newest MLS expansion side and all the traveling fans. Next stop Charleston!