Atlanta United is an American men’s professional soccer club that’s based in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. It’s part of the Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference and last won the MLS Cup in 2018, defeating Portland Timbers 2-0. It’s also experienced success elsewhere, winning both the 2019 U.S. Open Cup and the 2019 Campeones Cup. Of the 24 teams that currently make up MLS, Atlanta United is one of the biggest. Not only is it estimated to be the most valuable with a worth of half a billion dollars, its home matches are some of the most highly attended in all the league.
The home ground for the club is the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017 as a replacement for the Georgia Dome. Costing approximately $1.6 billion, the stadium was designed to be multi-purpose and has a retractable roof to make it usable in various weather conditions. The stadium’s shared with the Atlanta Falcons, a team that competes in the National Football League (NFL). Atlanta United made its debut in MLS in 2017 some three years after the club was founded.
Atlanta United Roster
The club’s current roster includes a total of 31 players. These players collectively represent 10 different nationalities. There are 15 American players on the roster, along with four from Peru, two from each of England, Germany and Venezuela, and one from each of Brazil, Guinea, Iraq, Nigeria and Paraguay. Three players are on the team because of the Homegrown Player Rule, an MLS program that allows clubs to sign players who have come up through their own development academies. Another three are on the line-up because of the Designated Player Rule. This allows MLS clubs to sign no more than three players outside of their usual salary range. Finally there are two players who have made it into the club thanks to Generation Adidas. This program enables younger professional players early entry into MLS clubs.
The club’s top goal scorer is Venezuelan forward Josef Martínez, who since joining in 2017 has notched up 88 goals to date. The majority of these (77) have been scored during MLS matches. The ext greatest scorer Paraguayan forward Héctor Villalba, who has 22 goals to his name. German midfielder Julian Gressel has had more assists than anyone else in the club’s history with 39. He’s also made the most appearances in club matches, having played 118 times.
|Brad Guzan||1 Goalkeeper||Evergreen Park, IL||35|
|Franco Escobar||2 Defender||Rosario, Argentina||24|
|Michael Parkhurst||3 Defender||Cranston, RI||35|
|Florentin Pogba||4 Defender||Conakry, Guinea||29|
|Leandro González Pirez||5 Defender||Buenos Aires, Argentina||27|
|Darlington Nagbe||6 Midfielder||Monrovia, Liberia||29|
|Josef Martinez||7 Forward||Valencia, Venezuela||26|
|Ezequiel Barco||8 Midfielder||Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Argentina||20|
|Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez||10 Midfielder||Guaymallén, Argentina||26|
|Eric Remedi||11 Midfielder||Parana, Argentina||24|
|Miles Robinson||12 Defender||Arlington, MA||22|
|Brendan Moore||13 Goalkeeper||Roswell, Georgia||27|
|Justin Meram||14 Midfielder||Shelby Township, Michigan||30|
|Hector Villalba||15 Forward||Buenos Aires, Argentina||25|
|Emerson Hyndman||16 Midfielder||Dallas, Texas||23|
|Jeff Larentowicz||18 Midfielder||West Chester, PA||36|
|Brandon Vazquez||19 Forward||Chula Vista, CA||21|
|Brek Shea||20 Defender||College Station, Texas||29|
|George Bello||21 Defender||Douglasville, Georgia||17|
|Mikey Ambrose||22 Defender||El Paso, TX||26|
|Lagos Kunga||23 Forward||Luanda, Angola||21|
|Julian Gressel||24 Midfielder||Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany||25|
|Alec Kann||25 Goalkeeper||Decatur, GA||29|
|Jon Gallagher||26 Forward||Dundalk, Ireland||23|
|Chris Goslin||27 Midfielder||Locust Grove, GA||19|
|Dion Pereira||28 Midfielder||Watford, England||20|
|Mo Adams||29 Midfielder||Nottingham, England||23|
|Andrew Carleton||30 Midfielder||Powder Springs, GA||19|
|Luiz Fernando||31 Midfielder||São Paulo, Brazil||22|
|Kevin Kratz||32 Midfielder||Eschweiler, Germany||32|
Every year since 2017, two of the club’s players have made it onto the MLS Best XI. This is a list that acknowledges the top 11 players in MLS matches. Josef Martínez holds the distinction of being recognised in three consecutive years (2017, 2018 and 2019) thanks to his impressive streak of goal scoring. He also won the Landon Donovan MVP Award in 2018. This is an annual award given to the MLS player who’s believed to be the most valuable in the league. It’s voted for not only by MLS players and management officials, but also by various people in the media. This was the first time a player from Atlanta United has won the award. On top of that, Josef Martínez has won several other prestigious awards, including the MLS Goal of the Year award in 2019, the All-Star Game MVP award in 2018 and the MLS Cup award also in 2018.
Atlanta United Jersey
The official kit for Atlanta United is manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by American Family Insurance. The home kit is in its second iteration. Following the club’s 2018 MLS championship win, it was decided that the kit would be redesigned. The current kit consists of a black jersey with five red stripes down the front and two red stripes down the shoulders and red socks instead of black ones. Above the team crest is a gold star.
The three main colours each represent a different characteristic: black’s for power and strength; red’s for passion and pride; and gold’s for the club’s ongoing commitment to excellence. The five red stripes represent key aspects of the club’s character: unity, determination, community, excellent and innovation. As for the black stripes, they’re meant to symbolise the railroad tracks that played a key part in the state’s history. The jock tag features an outline of the state of Georgia in gold with the number 17 inside it. This represents 2017, which is the first year the club started competing in MLS. The jersey can be purchased from the MLS official online store. Along with the jersey, you can purchase an array of items and other clothing pieces branded with the Atlanta United logo and colours. The store usually has special discounts available for things like signing up to the newsletter and making order over a certain amount of money; there are also regular sales to look out for.