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The Daily Dirt April 27, 2018: Patience is a virtue

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With the MLS transfer deadline approaching, it could be a game of patience for Atlanta United.

Four days. That’s how long Atlanta United has to complete a trade or a last-minute transfer. Ever since February we’ve been under the assumption that the team is in need of a defensive midfielder to help with the loss of Carlos Carmona. Darren Eales has dropped hints along the way that more moves could be made, but as we approach the May 1 deadline, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The biggest reason we haven’t seen any desperation moves made is the fact that Jeff Larentowicz has been playing out of him mind. The veteran midfielder has been everything anyone could’ve hope for and more. Holding down the midfield to allow the talented attackers to do their thing, Larry has completely shut down the need for an immediate Carmona replacement.

This has been a blessing for Atlanta’s front office as they don’t need to force something before this primary transfer window shuts. Now, they can be patient and hope that Larentowicz continues to play at a high level and maintains his fitness through July. The secondary transfer window opens on July 10. The team has Targeted Allocation Money to play with. Expect something to happen then.

Domestic

The USMNT are apparently adding even more starpower to their tough 2018 schedule. In addition to friendlies with France and possibly Italy, there are now reports saying that Brazil and Mexico matches are on the cards for September. Result obviously don’t matter at this point for the U.S. as they are currently in a rebuilding stage. Opponents like this later in the year should be a good gauge for whoever the manager may be.

International

Everyone appreciate Antoine Griezmann scoring a crucial away goal against Arsenal and then hitting them with the “Take the L” dance from Fortnite. It’s so good.

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