Doug Roberson

Atlanta United beat writer

Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer. You can follow Doug on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC, on Facebook at Atlanta United News Now, and subscribe to his podcast, Southern Fried Soccer.

Latest from Doug Roberson

Atlanta United’s Argentines haven’t forgotten ‘the pass’ from de Boer
 Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer said that he doesn’t think about the pass he made to Dennis Bergkamp that helped Holland defeat Argentina 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup. Well, at least two of de Boer’s Argentine players on Atlanta United said they haven’t forgotten. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was...

Posted: 22 minutes ago

Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer said that he doesn’t think about the pass he made to Dennis Bergkamp that helped Holland defeat Argentina 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup. Well, at least two of de Boer’s Argentine players on Atlanta United said they haven’t forgotten. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was...
Atlanta United ready to deal with being a red, black and gold target
 Possibly leaning slightly to the left after a yet-to-be-told celebratory mishap, the MLS Cup won by Atlanta United is placed on the left side of the foyer to the lobby in the team’s training facility in Marietta. It not only is a 43-pound, sterling silver reminder of what the team accomplished last season in defeating Portland...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Possibly leaning slightly to the left after a yet-to-be-told celebratory mishap, the MLS Cup won by Atlanta United is placed on the left side of the foyer to the lobby in the team’s training facility in Marietta. It not only is a 43-pound, sterling silver reminder of what the team accomplished last season in defeating Portland...
Gressel hopes to stay at Atlanta United for long time
 Julian Gressel on Thursday said he hopes to work out a new contract with Atlanta United because he wants to stay with the club for a long time, but that there are no updates. “I’m focusing on playing and let my agent and the club work it out,” he said. He said he has no deadline for a new contract.  Gressel, a 25-year-old...

Posted: a day ago

Julian Gressel on Thursday said he hopes to work out a new contract with Atlanta United because he wants to stay with the club for a long time, but that there are no updates. “I’m focusing on playing and let my agent and the club work it out,” he said. He said he has no deadline for a new contract.  Gressel, a 25-year-old...
Can Atlanta United’s Martinez break MLS scoring record?
 Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez has scored 50 goals in his first two seasons in MLS. The career record for goals in the league is 145, set by Landon Donovan. On Wednesday, Martinez and Atlanta United agreed to a contract extension that could keep him wearing the Five Stripes through the 2023 season. Some quick math: If Martinez averages...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez has scored 50 goals in his first two seasons in MLS. The career record for goals in the league is 145, set by Landon Donovan. On Wednesday, Martinez and Atlanta United agreed to a contract extension that could keep him wearing the Five Stripes through the 2023 season. Some quick math: If Martinez averages...
Josef Martinez says extending contract with Atlanta United is ‘dream’
 Saying that Atlanta United is his Barcelona or Real Madrid, Josef Martinez on Wednesday signed a five-year contract extension that will keep the 2018 MLS MVP with the reigning champs through the 2023 season. “I said last year that this is the dream I wanted for me and my family and now we are happy to make it possible,” he said...

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Saying that Atlanta United is his Barcelona or Real Madrid, Josef Martinez on Wednesday signed a five-year contract extension that will keep the 2018 MLS MVP with the reigning champs through the 2023 season. “I said last year that this is the dream I wanted for me and my family and now we are happy to make it possible,” he said...
Atlanta United’s Martinez signs through 2023
 Josef Martinez will be an Atlanta United player through the 2023 season after signing a five-year contract extension. The team announced the move to secure the 2018 MLS MVP on Wednesday. The team didn’t disclose Martinez’s new salary. He made $1.4 million last season, according to the MLS Players Association. The striker...

Posted: 2 days ago

Josef Martinez will be an Atlanta United player through the 2023 season after signing a five-year contract extension. The team announced the move to secure the 2018 MLS MVP on Wednesday. The team didn’t disclose Martinez’s new salary. He made $1.4 million last season, according to the MLS Players Association. The striker...
Atlanta United’s Escobar out 6-8 weeks
 Atlanta United’s Franco Escobar is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken right clavicle during the team’s first training session on Tuesday. The injury means Escobar will miss the CONCACAF Champions League game against Herediano in Costa Rica on Feb. 21 and the return game at Kennesaw State on Feb. 28. He may miss...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta United’s Franco Escobar is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken right clavicle during the team’s first training session on Tuesday. The injury means Escobar will miss the CONCACAF Champions League game against Herediano in Costa Rica on Feb. 21 and the return game at Kennesaw State on Feb. 28. He may miss...
Atlanta United, Martinez on verge of new contract
 Atlanta United and Josef Martinez are on the verge of agreeing to a new contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The team declined to comment on Tuesday.  Martinez had three years remaining on the contract he signed after he was acquired from Torino in Italy in 2017, team president Darren Eales said in December...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta United and Josef Martinez are on the verge of agreeing to a new contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The team declined to comment on Tuesday.  Martinez had three years remaining on the contract he signed after he was acquired from Torino in Italy in 2017, team president Darren Eales said in December...
Shea ready for new challenge with Atlanta United
 As a free agent, Brek Shea could have signed with any team in MLS. He came to an agreement with MLS Cup champion Atlanta United and participated in the team’s first training camp on Tuesday. “Watch them play, it’s an exciting team to watch,” Shea said. “Add in the crowd and the stadium …obviously...

Posted: 3 days ago

As a free agent, Brek Shea could have signed with any team in MLS. He came to an agreement with MLS Cup champion Atlanta United and participated in the team’s first training camp on Tuesday. “Watch them play, it’s an exciting team to watch,” Shea said. “Add in the crowd and the stadium …obviously...
Atlanta United ends first day of training camp in unique way
 Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer wasn’t kidding on Monday when he said he takes training seriously. The reigning MLS champs ended their first training camp under their new manager on Tuesday by scrimmaging 11 vs. 11 for almost 30 minutes. Some of the team’s veterans, Jeff Larentowicz, Michael Parkhurst and Brek Shea,...

Posted: 3 days ago

Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer wasn’t kidding on Monday when he said he takes training seriously. The reigning MLS champs ended their first training camp under their new manager on Tuesday by scrimmaging 11 vs. 11 for almost 30 minutes. Some of the team’s veterans, Jeff Larentowicz, Michael Parkhurst and Brek Shea,...
Atlanta United adds former Watford starlet
 Atlanta United has signed English left winger Dion Pereira, formerly of Watford. The 19-year-old trained with the team on Monday. Pereira made two appearances for Watford totaling 23 minutes. Both came during the 2016-17 season.  Periera was named Watford’s young player of the season in 2016-17. He is the third signing for the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Atlanta United has signed English left winger Dion Pereira, formerly of Watford. The 19-year-old trained with the team on Monday. Pereira made two appearances for Watford totaling 23 minutes. Both came during the 2016-17 season.  Periera was named Watford’s young player of the season in 2016-17. He is the third signing for the...