Asked if the team is looking to sign a striker to replace Martinez — the club has played only two if its 34 leagues games, and Martinez is expected to miss the rest of the season — Eales said the club is always looking for “shadow players,” those who can step in should the team suffer an injury or execute an unexpected sale.
Eales said the team typically has focused on players, clubs and/or leagues that the team felt would translate well to Atlanta United and MLS. Because of a lack of time and resources, that scope has been relatively narrow, considering that there are more than 40 domestic leagues around the world.
Time is now on Atlanta United’s side.
“What this time gives us now is a lot more time to look globally and perhaps look at other leagues that we may have ignored because we didn’t have time to get to,” Eales said. “I’m quite excited about our ability to extend our scope and do some more work in that respect.”