Atlanta United’s Pineda said team has options if Araujo can’t go

Atlanta United's Luiz Araujo goes down on the pitch shortly after scoring a goal against Sporting KC for a 1-0 lead in an MLS soccer match and has to leave the game Sunday in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com}`

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Atlanta United's Luiz Araujo goes down on the pitch shortly after scoring a goal against Sporting KC for a 1-0 lead in an MLS soccer match and has to leave the game Sunday in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com}`

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Luiz Araujo left Atlanta United’s game in the 26th minute with a likely issue with his hamstring during Sunday’s 3-1 win against Sporting KC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Araujo appeared to sustain the injury after scoring in the 20th minute.

Manager Gonzalo Pineda said he had no update on Araujo’s injury in his postgame news conference but said that it didn’t look good based upon the player’s behavior.

After Araujo scored with a nice chip of the goalkeeper, he could be seen grabbing his right hamstring and motioning to the sideline that he needed to be subbed out.

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He tried to play but sat down on the turf a few minutes later. He was replaced by Dom Dwyer.

Araujo is one of the team’s three Designated Players and considered a possible MVP candidate. He was bought from Lille last season. He scored four goals with four assists in 15 appearances for the Five Stripes last season.

Pineda said the team has options should Araujo not be available for the team’s next game at Colorado on Saturday.

Dwyer, signed as a free agent, scored after he came on to give Atlanta United a 2-1 lead in the third minute of added time in the first half.

Later in the game, Pineda subbed in Brooks Lennon, who is traditionally a fullback, as the right winger. Lennon was unlucky to get an assist.

The team also could use Marcelino Moreno on the wing, Jake Mulraney, if he returns from his injury, or shift Tyler Wolff from the left to the right and play Thiago Almada on the left wing.

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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule

Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1

March 5 at Colorado, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

March 13 vs. Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., FS1

March 19 vs. Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 2 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 10 at Charlotte, 1:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN Deportes

April 16 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., ESPN

April 30 at Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 7 vs. Chicago, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 15 vs. New England, 2 p.m., ESPN

May 21 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX

May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 19 vs Miami, 4 p.m., ESPN2

June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC

July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1

July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC

Aug. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 21 at Columbus, 6 p.m., FS1

Aug. 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV

Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX

Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE