As Atlanta United rest up in preparation for its playoff opener against New England on October 19, it will be without another one of its players during the FIFA international window.
U.S. Soccer announced today that defender Miles Robinson would replace Walker Zimmerman on the USMNT’s roster for its upcoming Concacaf Nations League matches on Friday against Cuba in Washington, D.C. and on October 15 at Canada in Toronto. Zimmerman sustained his injury during LAFC’s regular-season ending win against the Colorado Rapids yesterday.
Robinson won his first cap with the USMNT on September 6 against when he came in for, ironically, Zimmerman. He then came on 4 days later during its match against Uruguay. With the potential of playing in the Nations League, he has another opportunity, although unexpected, to firmly implant himself into the program’s rotation.
“I think should be the (MLS) defender of the year,” Michael Parkhust said of Robinson after Atlanta’s 3-1 win over the Revolution in both teams’ regular-season finales last night. “That’s how good he’s been this year, and that’s really impressive from a guy that maybe had less than 10 starts coming into this year...I think he’s a future national team staple. I really do, and, the sky’s the limit for him, and I’m glad I could help just a little bit, but he does a lot of it on his own.”