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Atlanta United re-signs Alec Kann

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The Five Stripes hold on to their reliable backup goalkeeper

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It doesn’t appear there will be any shakeups at the goalkeeper position for Atlanta United this coming season after the team announced it has re-signed seven-year MLS veteran Alec Kann.

Kann was out of contract after this past season and was able to negotiate a new deal with teams around the league.

“Over the last three years, Alec has consistently worked hard on a daily basis to be prepared to step up when his name is called and we’re pleased to have re-signed him,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said in a press release. “He brings a level of competition and experience to our group of goalkeepers that is vital and is something we strive for at every position.”

Kann, a Decatur native, has started 19 league matches for the club, as well as six more in cup competition. He started the first 18 matches in team history where he registered four clean sheets in the first half of the 2017 season prior to Brad Guzan’s arrival. We at Dirty South Soccer figured at that point, we may have sadly seen the last of him, but we were happy to be corrected.

Little did we know that Kann would go on to start against Club America and help the club claim Campeones Cup. He also started in Atlanta’s 3-1 win against Charleston Battery to begin its U.S. Open Cup run that Atlanta ultimately won to claim its second trophy of the year.

Welcome back Alec!