Atlanta United has been tied to Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis, who has 26 goals in 57 appearances for the Scottish club. LAFC striker Chicho Arango also is hopeful of receiving a better contract. Arango has scored 30 goals in 57 appearances for the MLS team. It’s likely neither player would require a DP contract.
Bocanegra said he thinks the core of the team is good, with Thiago Almada as the attacking midfielder, fullbacks Brooks Lennon and Andrew Gutman, a healthy Miles Robinson at centerback, Ozzie Alonso returning at defensive midfielder and Brad Guzan in goal.
“We hope for a big year,” Bocanegra said.
But the team needs goals. The team scored 48 in 34 games last season. Gone from that team are Martinez, who scored nine, Ronaldo Cisneros, who scored seven, Dom Dwyer, who scored four, Moreno, who scored two, and Jake Mulraney, who scored one. That’s almost 50% of the team’s goals.
“We’re going to bring in someone that is impactful, but I can’t rush into something that we don’t feel comfortable with,” Bocanegra said.
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Atlanta United’s 2023 MLS schedule
Feb. 25 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m.
March 4 vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
March 11 at Charlotte FC, noon, Fox
March 18 vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m.
March 25 at Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.
April 1 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.
April 8 at New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.
April 15 at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
April 23 vs. Chicago Fire FC, 4:30 p.m., FS1
April 29 at Nashville SC, 1:30 p.m., Fox
May 6 at Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.
May 13 vs. Charlotte FC, 7:30 p.m.
May 17 vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m.
May 20 at Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 p.m.
May 27 at Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m.
May 31 vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m., FS1
June 3 at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.
June 10 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
June 21 vs. New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.
June 24 at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.
July 2 vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m., Fox
July 8 at CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
July 12 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
July 15 vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m., FS1
Aug. 20 at Seattle Sounders, 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30 vs. FC Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2 at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 at FC Cincinnati, TBA