Conway replaced Martinez on Saturday in the team’s 1-0 win at D.C. United and caused the host’s centerbacks some trouble with his size and willingness to be physical. Though he whiffed on a shot only a few yards from goal that could have given Atlanta United a 1-0 lead, that he was in that position is a good sign. He has played 28 minutes this season for the first team, and he scored three goals in one game for Atlanta United 2.
Teammate Jake Mulraney said Conway is the best finisher on the team. Conway said earlier this season that he needs to improve his hold-up play.
Dwyer, 31, signed with the team as a free agent. He has scored 82 goals, including one for Atlanta United in the opening game, in 212 appearances. Dwyer is more of a goal-poacher and pest for defenders.
Cisneros is thought to be more like Martinez when he’s healthy: a player who likes to run off the shoulder of defenders to reach balls hit into space behind defenders.
“I think we definitely have good players that can score goals and help us,” centerback Miles Robinson said.
Pineda wouldn’t commit to saying that whichever player is selected to start against Charlotte will get a run of games to try to develop chemistry with teammates.
“I always tell the players that we have to go game by game,” he said. “We have big hopes, big goals, big things that we want to achieve with the team, but we have to go game by game.”
And there also is the possibility that Pineda elects to use no striker. Several times last season Pineda rolled out a formation that included two false nines, which are wingers who can play as strikers. It worked well the first time it was used in a victory against Orlando. It didn’t work as well in subsequent times.
“It all depends on how I see the team,” he said. “I have to see the reaction, the behaviors, how they react toward certain tactics, and if they play good with that, maybe I’ll repeat (it), maybe not. So I have to see.”
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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule
Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1
March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0
March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1
March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3
April 2 Atlanta United 1, D.C. United 0
April 10 at Charlotte, 1:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN Deportes
April 16 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., Peachtree TV
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, 1:30 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
August 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC
August 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
August 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 21 at Columbus, 6 p.m., FS1
August 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV
August 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