• UNITE & CONQUER: What you need to know about Atlanta United

    By: Wilton Jackson


    ATLANTA - Atlanta United looks to bounce back at home against D.C United on Sunday after losing 4-0 to the Houston Dynamo.

    Thousands of fans are expected to pack Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the home opener to cheer on the five stripes.


    Missed the preseason games? Not a problem.

    Get to know the Atlanta United players before their first home game:

    #10 Miguel Almirón – Midfielder

    • Almirón finished third in scoring, recording nine goals in the 2017 season
    • Finished second in total shots (84) taken in 2017
    • Finished second in shots on goal with 35
    • Led the team in assists with 14

    #22 Mikey Ambrose – Defender

    • Ambrose started two games at left back and made seven appearances in the 2017 season

    #8 Ezequiel Barco – Midfielder

    • Barco signed with Atlanta United as a Young Designated Player on Dec. 10, 2017

    #21 George Bello – Defender

    • Bello signed as a Homegrown Player with Atlanta United on June 17, 2017 with the deal becoming effective Jan. 1, 2018
    • He was born in Abuja, Nigeria, and moved to Douglasville, at a young age
    • He joined the Atlanta United Academy in 2016.

    #30 Andrew Carleton – Midfielder

    • Carleton made his team debut in the 86th minute of 4-1 match against Houston on May 20
    • He's a native of Powder Springs

    #2 Franco Escobar – Defender

    • Escobar has spent his entire professional career in Argentina’s Primera Division with Newell’s Old Boys

    #26 Jon Gallagher – Forward

    • Gallagher was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. 

    #4 Greg Garza -- Defender

    • Garza joined Atlanta United on loan from Club Tijuana and made 26 appearances and 25 starts in his first season in MLS
    • He scored two goals and added five assists
    • He was voted to participate in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game 

    #5 Leandro González Pirez – Defender

    • González Pirez started 32 games at center back
    • He recorded one goal and three assists

    #20 Chris Goslin – Midfielder

    • Chris Goslin became the second Homegrown Player in Atlanta United history when he signed with the club

    #24 Julian Gressel – Midfielder

    • Gressel finished fifth in shots, behind Yamil Asad, who was acquired by D.C. United
    • Finished fourth in assists with nine

    #1 Brad Guzan – Goalkeeper

    • Finished second on the team in saves with 38.

    #13 José Hernández – Defender

    • Hernandez has spent his entire professional career at Caracas FC of Venezuela’s Primera Division

    #27 Mitch Hildebrandt – Goalkeeper

    • Hildebrandt joins Atlanta United after spending the last two seasons with FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League

    #25 Alec Kann – Goalkeeper

    • Led the team in saves with 56

    #32 Kevin Kratz – Midfielder

    • Kratz was traded to United on Dec. 11, 2016

    #23 Lagos Kunga – Forward

    • Kunga is from Atlanta and was signed as a homegrown player on June 17

    #18 Jeff Larentowicz – Midfielder

    • The midfielder made 33 appearances and 30 starts in 2017

    #7 Josef Martinez – Forward

    • Martinez lead the team in scoring, recording 19 goals in 2017
    • Finished third in total shots with 67
    • Finished third in shots on goal with 32

    #16 Chris McCann – Midfielder

    • McCann made 23 appearances and nine starts in 2017

    #6 Darlington Nagbe – Midfielder

    • Nagbe was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft
    • He joins United after spending his entire professional career with the Portland Timbers

    #3 Michael Parkhurst – Defender (Captain)

    • Parkhurst made 33 starts in 2017
    • He was voted an MLS All-Star for the fifth time in his career

    #12 Miles Robinson – Defender

    • Atlanta United selected Miles Robinson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft

    #29 Oliver Shannon – Midfielder

    • Shannon was a four-year started at Clemson University

    #19 Brandon Vazquez – Forward

    • Vazquez appeared in 13 games in 2017
    • He has one goal and one assist

    #15 Hector Villalba – Forward

    • Villalba finished second in goals in 2017 with 13
    • Led the team in total shots with 86
    • Led the team in shots on goal with 44
    • Finished third in assists with 11 assists

    #28 Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu – Midfielder

    • Wheeler-Omiunu was selected with the No. 2 pick in the third round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft
    • He was a four-year starter at Harvard

    #9 Romario Williams – Forward

    • Williams joined United from Montreal Impact in 2016
    • He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft

    #14 Sal Zizzo – Defender

    • Zizzo has more than 160 MLS appearances with four different teams

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