Atlanta United can play with three centerbacks, which allows for two wingbacks, or four in the back, which includes fullbacks. Lennon can slide into three of the four positions.
If he plays wingback, he said he hopes to post career-highs in goals and assists.
“I think I can do that here with the way Atlanta plays,” he said.
A knock against Lennon is his lack of impactful stats (goals, assists) at Real Salt Lake. He hasn’t scored since notching three goals in 2017. His career-high five assists came in 2018. In three years in Utah, he totaled 10 assists.
Lennon explained that he grew up playing as a winger. In his second season at Real Salt Lake, he was asked to play right fullback, which he said limited his opportunities for goals and assists. He was named the team’s defensive player of the year in 2018.
“It shows that people are looking at my work rate and the shifts I put in,” he said.
As a team, he hopes to help Atlanta United win the MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup and Champions League, a tournament he’s never before played. Lennon hopes that team success will help him become an All-Star and create a pathway to the U.S. men’s national team.
“I think regardless of where I play here, I’ll be successful because of guys around me,” he said.