As the days tick down on preseason and we roll on March, one thing has become blatantly apparentrecently. Atlanta United likely aren’t finished making additions to their roster.
Troll master extraordinaire Darren Eales kicked off the speculation on Monday when he took to twitter to ask the rhetorical question of whether or not the club was finished making moves then dropped a cheeky “Five Stripes don’t stop” to leave us hanging.
On Tuesday, Tata Martino may have inadvertently confirmed what common sense made us all suspect. In a Q&A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson (that you should read in full here), the Atlanta manager said that the club is “conscious of different opportunities that come up to have another player come in” when asked about the team’s midfield situation.
This all but confirms that whoever Atlanta United is targeting currently is a defensive midfielder to help fill the void left by Carlos Carmona. Also, Martino was non-committal on Jeff Larentowicz starting alongside Darlington Nagbe and Miguel Almiron against Nashville SC on Saturday, leaving the door open for Chris McCann as a possibility. This makes it seem like they are looking to bring in a starter to solidify the first-choice lineup.
The fact that both the club’s president and manager are openly hinting at a move being, could mean a deal could be completed soon. All we can add to this speculation is that you should probably turn on your notifications for Darren Eales’ tweets these next few weeks.
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With the conclusion of our AO Members Straw Poll, we can now announce that @KyleMartino is the winner with 44.5% of the vote. You can see the full voting breakdown in the graphics below. #TimeForChangeUSSF pic.twitter.com/jJZVyCu5MX— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) February 6, 2018
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