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The Daily Dirt, December 17: Saturday in the Park

Catch up on the latest Atlanta United news

MLS: Portland Timbers at Sporting KC Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN’s Julie Stewart-Binks, Jacob Peterson was in town discussing a potential move to Atlanta United. He is a free agent and has spent the last five years in Kansas City. At 30-years-old and having played over 200 games in MLS, the experienced veteran would bolster Atlanta’s depth on the wings in Tata Martino’s system.

While there are still a few holes in the starting lineup at the moment, depth is also going to be very important as Atlanta tries to hit the ground running in MLS. United will have quite a few players appearing for their senior or youth national teams in 2017 and a player with Peterson’s versatility will be very important.

Speaking of national team duty, Kenwyne Jones was recently dropped from Trinidad and Tobago’s national team by its new manager. Citing a need for more speed, Jones was not called into for two friendlies and two Gold Cup playoff matches. It is way too early to tell if this is a long term situation or not, but Jones’ form in Atlanta could go a long way to earning a recall.


Domestic

Mark Bloom excited to come home (Marietta Daily Journal)

D.C. United could have a new player on the way (Black and Red United)

But they will have to wait for their final stadium approval until 2017 (Washington Business Journal)

Orlando trying to bring in a European center back (Orlando Sentinel)

According to Bruce Arena, 23 of USMNT player pool will come from MLS (MLS)

Take a look at who might be involved in January’s training camp (Stars and Stripes FC)

International

Pogba getting settled at Manchester United (SB Nation)

The new legacy of Colombia’s Atletico Nacional (FourFourTwo)

Local

Landon Lambert signs to play at the University of Georgia (Cherokee Tribune & Ledger)