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The Daily Dirt, March 23: Upgrade

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Does Atlanta United need any upgrades?

New York Red Bulls v Atlanta United FC Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

A question came up last night on our ATLSoccer chat about what position would you upgrade for Atlanta United at this point in the season. For an expansion team, it’s amazing that there are not multiple answers to that question.

In fact, it’s a completely fair answer to say that the best decision would be to stand pat. There have been no poor performers in this starting lineup over the first three games. Some mistakes have been made, but all of the starters have performed well thus far.

If I was forced to make a decision on one position to upgrade, it would be right back. Nothing against Tyrone Mears and what he has brought to the team so far, but he is probably the weakest link in a strong lineup. There is also Mark Bloom, a capable replacement, already in the squad on the bench.

Upgrades for this team are not truly needed at this time. Barring any injuries or loss of form, Atlanta United is built to be among the most competitive teams in Major League Soccer.


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