Atlanta United will be without goalkeeper Alec Kann for 6-8 weeks while he recovers from a quad injury. Kann suffered the injury during the team’s 2-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, meaning Kyle Reynish would get the start in net for Atlanta during their match against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
Kann had played every minute in net across all competitions for Atlanta thus far before his injury. It was believed that after the MLS secondary transfer window opened and following the international break, U.S. national Brad Guzan would take over the starting role for the team. Now, with Kann injured, it looks as though there is no question what Atlanta’s plans are once Guzan becomes available. That could happen as early as United’s July 29 home match with Orlando City pending the United States’ result in the Gold Cup this year (the final is set for July 26), but no later than their August 6 contest at Sporting Kansas City.
Kann had been in fairly good form before getting hurt. He had recorded back-to-back clean sheets in support of his defense, giving him four for the season thus far. Arguably his best save was a last-second stop against the Colorado Rapids on June 24 to preserve the Five Stripes’ 1-0 victory. The team’s Expansion Draft selection came over from Sporting KC, where he started seven matches while recording two shutouts.