Atlanta United FC – MLS Team Preview 2019

Atlanta United FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

Atlanta United FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

First appeared in the MLS in 2017, Atlanta United FC have got an excellent season behind them and are coming into this season with expectations to once again reach for the silverware. Looking at the 2018 season Atlanta finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference, won the MLS Cup after beating Portland Timbers in the finals 2:0 and won the Supporters’ Shield. With their excellent performances, they also qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.

 

Head Coach: Frank de Boer

In December 2018 Frank de Boer was announced as the head coach of Atlanta United FC after the departure of Gerardo Martino. Frank de Boer gathered his experience as the assistant manager in Netherlands team, head coach of Ajax, Inter Milan and most recently Crystal Palace, where he lasted only 10 weeks, due to terrible performances of the English team. This will be his 1st season as the head coach of Atlanta United with a tough challenge ahead of him, trying to repeat the successful performance last season when Atlanta got their hands on the first trophy.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
February 12, 2019 Chris McCannAtlanta UnitedD.C. UnitedWaivers
January 31, 2019 Miguel AlmirónAtlanta United Newcastle UnitedTransfer
December 11, 2018 Greg GarzaAtlanta UnitedFC CincinnatiTrade
January 30, 2019 Andrew Wheeler-OmiunuAtlanta United FC TucsonFree
January 24, 2019 Pity Martínez River PlateAtlanta UnitedTransfer
January 9, 2019 Brendan Moore RochdaleAtlanta UnitedFree
January 15, 2019 Dion Pereira WatfordAtlanta UnitedTransfer
February 5, 2019 Florentin Pogba GençlerbirliğiAtlanta UnitedDiscovery signing
December 30, 2018 Brek SheaVancouver WhitecapsAtlanta UnitedFree
January 24, 2019 Pity Martínez River PlateAtlanta UnitedTransfer
January 9, 2019 Brendan Moore RochdaleAtlanta UnitedFree
January 15, 2019 Dion Pereira WatfordAtlanta UnitedTransfer
February 5, 2019 Florentin Pogba GençlerbirliğiAtlanta UnitedDiscovery signing
December 30, 2018 Brek SheaVancouver WhitecapsAtlanta UnitedFree

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

One of the strongest contenders to win the MLS Cup, which is not surprising after their phenomenal run last season. Not only have they got a squad that can win the league on its own, but Atlanta also added Pity Martinez to their ranks, which in my eyes makes them the favourites for a back-to-back championship run. We can expect a slow start for this team with the new coach e.g. transition period, however, once they get rolling there will be only a few teams that will be able to stop them.