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Atlanta United Roster Breakdown

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Exploring International Players, TAM, and Designated Players

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With all of the roster announcements made this week, Atlanta United’s squad is taking shape for its inaugural season. From this list, and some possible additional signings, Atlanta will narrow down the roster to 28 players. We’ll take a look at each position to review the roster mechanisms that the team is using to comply with MLS roster regulations.

Below are the players currently on Atlanta United’s roster, their international or domestic classification, and salary status.

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan - Domestic Player, Targeted Allocation Money

Alec Kann - Domestic Player, salary cap

Alex Kapp - Domestic Player, salary cap

Alex Tambakis - Domestic Player, salary cap

Defenders

Mikey Ambrose - Domestic Player, salary cap

Mark Bloom - Domestic Player, salary cap

Greg Garza - Domestic Player, salary cap

Zach Loyd - Domestic Player, salary cap

Tyrone Mears - Domestic Player (holds Green Card), salary cap

Michael Parkhurst - Domestic Player, salary cap

Leandro González Pirez - International Player, Targeted Allocation Money

Miles Robinson - Domestic Player, Generation Adidas

Antone Walkes - International Player, salary cap

Midfielders

Miguel Almirón - International Player, Young Designated Player

Yamil Asad - International Player, salary cap

Andrew Carleton - Domestic Player, Home Grown Player

Chris Goslin - Domestic Player, Home Grown Player

Harrison Heath - Domestic Player (holds Green Card), salary cap

Kevin Kratz - International Player, salary cap

Jeff Larentowicz - Domestic Player, salary cap

Chris McCann - International Player, salary cap

Jacob Peterson - Domestic Player, salary cap

Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu - Domestic Player, salary cap

Forwards

Julian Gressel - International Player, salary cap

Kenwyne Jones - International Player, salary cap

Jeffery Otoo - International Player, salary cap

Brandon Vazquez - Domestic Player, salary cap

Hector Villalba - International Player, Young Designated Player

Romario Williams - International Player, salary cap

Decisions to be made

Darren Eales, Carlos Bocanegra, and Tata Martino will have to make some decisions as the team nears opening day to narrow down the roster.

Atlanta has 9 available international roster slots after adding one in a trade with the Colorado Rapids for a draft pick. However, the team has 11 International Players currently on the roster putting it two over the number of slots it holds. To comply with MLS roster rules, Atlanta needs to add more international slots through trade, release an International Player on the roster, or loan or trade the extra players out.

Currently the team has 28 players on it. Brad Guzan will make 29 when he joins the team after the end of the Premier League season so room will have to be made for him when the time comes. MLS rosters are capped at 28 players.

Any future additions, such as a third and final Designated Player which the team is rumored to be pursuing, will mean that one of the players currently on the roster will need to be moved by loan, trade, or by being released.