April 27, 2019 Atlanta - Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer instructs Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez (5) during the second half in a MLS soccer match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Atlanta United won 1-0 over the Colorado Rapids. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Atlanta United still shopping for fullbacks

Atlanta United is considering strengthening the left fullback position, manager Frank de Boer said Friday.

“We have to spend our money carefully, of course,” he said.

The club received roster relief after placing Brek Shea on the season-ending injury list earlier this week. Shea, who signed with the team in the offseason as a free agent, had 10 starts as part of 19 appearances this season, almost all as a left fullback. He suffered a knee injury in last week’s game at Seattle that will force him to miss the rest of the season because of surgery.

De Boer noted that the team has Mikey Ambrose, George Bello and Michael Parkhurst in the pool at the left fullback or wingback. Dion Pereria manned it in Wednesday’s 5-0 win against Houston. The club also recently acquired Mo Adams in a trade with Chicago. De Boer said Adams, who played defensive midfielder with Chicago, is capable of playing fullback. It likely would be that Adams, who is right-footed, would be considered a backup to Franco Escobar, who typically plays right fullback or right wingback.

“That’s a position that we look really carefully to reinforce, and if there’s somebody at that position we don’t hesitate,” de Boer said.

Atlanta United has one Senior Roster spot and one Reserve Roster spot available. The MLS transfer window closes Aug. 7.

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