Atlanta United defender Greg Garza (4) speaks to members of the press at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta United mostly healthy for MLS Cup

Atlanta United will have every player except for two available for selection for Saturday’s MLS Cup against Portland at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Two players that manager Gerardo Martino can’t select for the 18 are striker Romario Williams (ankle) and fullback Mikey Ambrose (knee). 

Atlanta United has been without several players for stretches of games this season.

Midfielder Ezequiel Barco, the most expensive into MLS in the league history, missed the season’s first five games after sustaining an quad strain in the week before opening game at Houston.

Midfielder Hector Villalba missed five games with different injuries.

Fullback Franco Escobar missed four games because of a concussion and then three more after sustaining a chest injury.

Midfielder Miguel Almiron missed the final two games of the regular season with a hamstring strain.

Fullback Greg Garza suffered a shoulder injury in late May that sidelined him until the regular-season finale at Toronto. The team also saw injuries to Chris McCann and Ambrose at left fullback.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe suffered a strained adductor in late June that sidelined him until September.

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