Friday, January 18, 2019

Preseason Look: Atlanta United

Atlanta burst on to the MLS scene last year and nearly pulled up a Supporters' Sheild / MLS Cup double in 2018. This coming season may bring something a little different for them if they end up selling a few players and learn a new coach. That said, right now, they look largely like they did last year.

Miguel Almiron is the playmaker on the team and if he stays, Atlanta will finish near the top once again. Right behind him is the new leading single-season goal scorer in MLS history. Josef Martinez's 35 is a gaudy number that was only one behind Colorado's team total. He followed up his fantastic regular season by finishing up Portland in the MLS Cup final.

77Miguel AlmirónAttacking Midfield748077
76Josef MartínezCentre-Forward768174
73Brad GuzanGoalkeeper747367
71Ezequiel BarcoLeft Winger717468
71Leandro González PírezCentre-Back717571
70Franco EscobarRight-Back697570
70Darlington NagbeRight Winger707368
70Eric RemediDefensive Midfield737067
70Héctor VillalbaRight Winger677570
70Julian GresselRight Midfield657073
68Michael ParkhurstCentre-Back687068
68Jeff LarentowiczDefensive Midfield676868
68Chris McCannDefensive Midfield686768
67Kevin KratzCentral Midfield686763
66Alec KannGoalkeeper666675
65Brek SheaLeft Winger676564
63Michael AmbroseLeft-Back636370
63Brandon VázquezCentre-Forward636362
63Andrew CarletonLeft Winger616463
62Romario WilliamsCentre-Forward616462
61Miles RobinsonCentre-Back606162
61José HernándezLeft-Back61630
58George BelloLeft-Back58071
57Brendan MooreGoalkeeper57590
56Chris GoslinAttacking Midfield56560
56Dion PereiraLeft Winger56060
55Lagos KungaRight Winger55570
54Jon GallagherLeft Winger58540
0Amir BashtiRight Winger000
0Anderson AsieduMidfielder000
0Gordon WildSecond Striker5800
0Patrick OkonkwoCentre-Forward000

Something of note in the ratings - Mikey Ambrose played well beyond his lower FM19 and FIFA ratings, but I'm wondering if the recent acquisition of Brek Shea means he'll be sliding into that spot. So much of what they do this year will depend on Frank de Boer and his tactical plan. All the tools are there for him to succeed, but he's Dutch, so I fully expect him to put his own spin on things.

As far as the season outlook, right now? With very few roster changes, 2019 will look similar to 2018. Potent goal scoring team with a decent defense.

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