March 11, 2018 Atlanta: Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron and forward Josef Martinez celebrate Almiron’s goal against D.C. United for a 2-0 lead during the second half in a MLS soccer match on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Atlanta. Martinez scored the first goal of the game on the way to a 3-1 victory in the home opener. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Analyzing Atlanta United’s roster post-Almiron, with depth chart

With the imminent sale of Miguel Almiron to Newcastle, and the team about to head to California, here’s a look at Atlanta United’s roster, complete with international slots and my guess as to a depth chart:

ROSTER

Ambrose, Mikey, FB

Asiedu, Anderson, M

Barco, Ezequiel, M

Bashti, Amir M

Bello, George FB

Carleton, Andrew M

Escobar, Franco, FB/CB

Gallagher, Jon FB

Gonzalez Pirez, Leandro, CB

Goslin, Chris M

Gressel Julian M/FB

Guzan, Brad GK

Hernandez, Jose FB

Kann, Alec GK

Kratz, Kevin M

Kunga, Lagos F

Larentowicz, Jeff DM/CB

Martinez, Josef F

Martinez, Pity M

McCann, Chris M/FB

Moore, Brendan GK

Nagbe, Darlington M

Okonkwo, Patrick F

Parkhurst, Michael CB

Pereria, Dion M

Remedi, Eric M

Robinson, Miles CB

Shea, Brek M/FB

Vazquez, Brandon M/F

Villalba, Hector M/F

Wild, Gordon, F

Williams, Romario, F

The team has 32 players. MLS rosters have a maximum of 30 slots. Teams can loan players on season-long deals That means at least one player is going to go on a loan. My prediction is several will be loaned to Atlanta United 2 for the season. Those players include, alphabetically, Asiedu, Bashti, Gallagher, Goslin, Okonkwo, Pereria and Wild. Some may not go for the season. 

The team has yet to say if Asiedu and Bashti have signed contracts. It’s possible they could sign with Atlanta United 2, which will open two roster spots.

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DESIGNATED PLAYERS

Barco, Ezequiel

Martinez, Josef

Martinez, Pity 

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INTERNATIONAL SLOTS (8 available)

Asiedu, Anderson

Barco, Ezequiel

Escobar, Franco

Gallagher, Jon

Gressel, Julian

Hernandez, Jose

Martinez, Pity

Pereria, Dion

Remedi, Eric

Wild, Gordon

I think there will be at least one green card/work visa announced before the beginning of the season. 

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DEPTH CHART

The players listed are my guess at the team’s depth chart as of Wednesday, Jan. 30 and assuming a 3-5-2 formation:

Goalkeeper

Brad Guzan

Alec Kann

Brendan Moore

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Right centerback

Miles Robinson

Franco Escobar*

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Middle centerback

Michael Parkhurst

Jeff Larentowicz

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Left centerback

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez

Chris McCann

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Right wingback

Julian Gressel

Franco Escobar*

Jon Gallagher

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Left wingback

Brek Shea

Chris McCann

Jose Hernandez

Mikey Ambrose

George Bello

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Defensive midfielder

Eric Remedi

Jeff Larentowicz

Anderson Asiedu

Chris Goslin*

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Midfielder

Darlington Nagbe

Kevin Kratz

Julian Gressel

Dion Pereira

Amir Bashti

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Midfielder

Ezequiel Barco

Andrew Carleton

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Midfielder/Striker

Pity Martinez

Hector Villalba

Brandon Vazquez

Lagos Kunga

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Striker

Josef Martinez

Romario Williams

Patrick Okonkwo

Gordon Wild

*Injured during parts or all of training camp so far

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