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Trio of quickfire goals push Atlanta United past NYCFC

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Atlanta United always has the potential to score in bunches, and they did just that on Sunday to stun New York City FC.

Three goals in quick succession helped push Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Two of those goals came from Miguel Almiron, who now has five goals in his past two matches.

The Best of MLS Week 12: Almiron, dos Santos, Union and more

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Week 12 was the busiest stretch of the Major League Soccer season to date. A quintet of Wednesday games started the week before a normal slate of weekend contests took the spotlight.

There was plenty of quality displayed across the 16 matches, including some spectacular finishes from the league's best forwards, but one from a high-profile designated player stood out the most.

Almiron hat-trick leads Atlanta United to rout of Dynamo

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Two of the league's top attacks collided on Saturday, and it was playmaker Miguel Almiron ensured his side emerged victorious with his first MLS hat-trick.

Almiron fired a trio of goals while Julian Gressel added a goal of his own in a 4-1 rout of the Houston Dynamo.

SBI Spotlight: After overcoming career-threatening injury, Garza thriving with Atlanta United

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Throughout the many months he was away from the game, Greg Garza had one thought in mind. He was in agonizing pain, physically as well as mentally. A hip injury was set to rob him of at least a year, maybe more, putting his very livelihood at stake at one of the most important points in his career.

Atlanta United grabs road draw with Timbers

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Heading into Providence Park is always a tough task, but Atlanta United proved up to it by snagging a difficult away point.

Julian Gressel and Liam Ridgewell provided goals on Sunday afternoon as Atlanta United earned a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

Rapid-fire goals lead NYCFC to win over Atlanta United

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NEW YORK Sunday's match between New York City FC and Atlanta United was billed as a clash of two of the most potent attacks in MLS. It lived up to the hype in that regard, at least for one team.

NYCFC rode second half goals from Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez to a 3-1 win on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, earning the club their second straight win.

Atlanta United impress on road again, take down RSL

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Atlanta United hasmade plenty of statements in their first year in Major League Soccer, but their most important may have come at the end of their four-game road swing.

Tata Martino's men ended the road trip with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. United picked up five points during their current swing, and already have eight overall road points in 2017 in a league where positive results on the road are hard to come by.

MLS Ticker: Adi suspended, Hamid negotiating new contract and more

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The first Cascadia Cup showdown of the season on Saturday will be without a star forward due to a suspension from a Week 7 incident.

Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi was handed a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday for violent conduct in the 26th minute of the loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Late goal give Impact its first win against 10-man Atlanta United

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With Ignacio Piatti back in the lineup, the Montreal Impact were poised to take on Atlanta United but it was Canadian homegrown player Anthony Jackson-Hamel who stole the show with a stoppage time goal.

The Impactgrabbed the team'sfirst win of the season with a 2-1 win against an Atlanta United team reduced to ten men on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

TFC, Atlanta United split points in exciting draw

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Toronto FC and Atlanta United have proven to be two of the most exciting teams in MLS, and they certainly lived up to the billing Saturday in a back-and-forth draw.

On Saturday, TFCFC hosted Atlanta United in what turned out to be a highly entertaining 2-2 draw at BMO Field.

SBI Spotlight: Gressel making waves alongside big names in Atlanta United lineup

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There are plenty of big-name players that drive across the field with flair that could easily get the attention of Atlanta United fans, but there's one midfielder in particular who has captured their hearts one month into the club's first season.

Rookie midfielder Julian Gressel earned a spot in Tata Martino's first starting XI and has impressed alongside big names like Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron.

Sounders, Atlanta United settle for scoreless draw

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SEATTLE On paper, it seemedlike this marquee matchup had lost some of its luster, as stars on both sides sat with injuries, or began the game on the bench after playing for their national teams during the week.

But the players that took the field for the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United delivered a fully entertaining if scoreless match in front of 40,182 at CenturyLink Field on Friday night.

MLS Ticker: Martinez out for weeks, Piatti could be in same boat

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The injury bug took all sorts of prisoners on Tuesday, as some of Major League Soccer's best talent officially got knocked off the field for a few weeks, if not more.

First came the news that LA Galaxy and U.S. Men's National team midfielder Sebastian Lletget would miss four to six months with the foot injury he suffered against Honduras on Friday.

The Best of MLS Week 2: Martinez, NYCFC and more

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The cold in the northern half of the United States wasn't enough to stop two of the hottest performances of MLS Week 2. Atlanta United dismantled Minnesota United's back line for six goals, while New York City FC downed D.C. United with ease in frigid temperatures at Yankee Stadium.

Elsewhere, a Western Conference rookie continued to impress and a few unexpected sides extended their perfect records into Week 3.

Red Bulls rally to spoil Atlanta United's MLS debut

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A dream start for Atlanta United seemed to be in the cards on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but a tactical switch by Jesse Marsch and an equalizer soon after ruined the expansion side's MLS debut.

A Daniel Royer header, and an own goal from Anton Walkes, in the final 15 minutes handed the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.

Miguel Almiron hoping to deliver as Atlanta United's playmaker

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There is always a little bit of added pressure for a player wearing the No. 10 jersey, soccer's traditional symbol for a team's best or most influential player. That pressure is ramped up a bit, however, when you are the very first one to do so for a team.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Atlanta United

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Expectations and hype are about as high as the state-of-the-art retractable roof that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will introduce to the world later this year.

What might bring them back downto earth is a dose of MLS reality.

After nearly three years of preparations, Atlanta United is finally on thecusp ofbeginning its journey on the field.

MLS Ticker: Mullins signs contract extension, Minnesota inks right back and more

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One of the best midseason acquisitions of the 2016 season was made by D.C. United, and the club has locked up its star forward to a multi-year contract extension, according to theWashington Post.

Patrick Mullins, who scored eight goals in 14 games after arriving from New York City FC, is expected to lead the line and provide more production in the final third for the Black and Red in his first full season with the club.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas sign Colman, Atlanta adds Tottenham loanee and more

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FC Dallas' hunt for a forward is officially over. The Supporters' Shield and U.S. Open Cup winners officially announced a deal for 22-year-old striker Cristian Colman on Wednesday.

The Paraguayan, who comes to MLS from Nacional Asuncion in the Paraguayan first division, will count as a young Designated Player.

Guzan set to join Atlanta United at end of Premier League season

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Brad Guzan is officially bound for Atlanta.

Middlesbrough announced on Wednesday that Guzan is set to join Atlanta United at the end of the Premier League season. Middlesbrough also announced that Guzan has signed a multi-year deal with Atlanta United after weeks of speculation regarding a move.

MLS Ticker: Van Damme close to new contract, Atlanta releases preseason schedule and more

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Among all the roster fluctuation taking place at StubHub Center this offseason, one key piece from the 2016 squad is set to receive a new deal for his play since arriving from Belgium. Center back Jelle Van Damme will reportedly start the 2017 season as a Designated Player.

MLS Ticker: Lletget re-signs with Galaxy, Minnesota United finalizes staff, and more

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Sebastian Lletget is currently with the U.S. Men's National Team, but the midfielder's club situation was solidified on Wednesday afternoon.

The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday that Lletget has a contract extension with the club. Lletgethas made 40 starts, scoring eight times while adding 10 assists during his stay with the club.

MLS Ticker: Timbers close in on midfielder, Revs hit stadium roadblock and more

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The Portland Timbers appear to have found a replacement for the departed Lucas Melano, one who hopefully produces more in the final third than the disappointing designated player. According to ESPN, Caleb Porter's side is close to a deal with Argentinian midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who is also being hunted by Club America.

Report: Greg Garza joining Atlanta United on loan

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Atlanta United continues to aggressively construct a roster shaping up to be a very strong one by MLS expansion team standards.

The latest piece to the Atlanta puzzle is Greg Garza, with Goal.com reporting that Atlanta United has added Garza on loan for the 2017 season.

Atlanta acquired the rights to the left backin a trade this week.

Atlanta United FC signs Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almiron

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After signing a number of promising young players, Atlanta United FC has added an expensive Paraguayan midfielder.

The club announced on Monday the acquisition of 22-year-old Paraguay international Miguel Almiron from Lanus of the Argentine Primera Division.

Atlanta United unveils home kits

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Atlanta United has released its homekit ahead of the team's inaugural season in MLS.

The teamunveiled its primary home kit at an official club event on Thursday. The jersey consists of black and white stripes with red sleeves and a black trim.

It's here.

Atlanta United opts for first Expansion Draft pick in MLS Priority Draft

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As their opening MLS campaigns draw closer, Atlanta United and Minnesota United's future roster moves became a bit clearer on Sunday afternoon.

With the first pick in the MLS Expansion Priority Draft, Atlanta United selected the first choice in the upcoming Expansion Draft, which will see each side select five players from existing MLS rosters.

Atlanta United confident Gerardo Martino can buck trend of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS

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Gerardo 'Tata' Martino does not know the troubled history of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS, but both he and Atlanta United arelooking for him to be the exception.

Atlanta United appointed Martino as its first head coach on Tuesday, making the veteran Argentine the person in charge of leading the fledgling club on the field during its upcoming expansion season in 2017.

Atlanta United hires Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as first head coach

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Following weeks of reports, Atlanta United finally got their man.

Atlanta United announced on Tuesday that the club has hired former Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as the club's first head coach. Martino most recently took charge ofLa Albicelesteat this past summer's Copa American before resigning following Argentina's penalty kick loss to Chile in the tournament finale.

Report: Gerardo Martino turns down Club America amid negotiations with Atlanta United

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Atlanta United received some positive news in their managerial search ahead of their inaugural 2017 season.

Spanish site AS is reportingthat Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has turned down an offer from Club America to continue negotiations to take charge of the new MLS team. America has been searching for a new manager since dismissingIgnacio Ambríz several weeks ago, but will have to look elsewhere as Martino appears to prefertaking over the upcoming MLS team.

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ridgewell, Pirlo and more

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An MLS veteran is set to move on to his next career, while several stars feel the fallout of Thursday night's All-Star Game.

Veteran goalkeeper Tally Hall is reportedly set to retire from professional soccer to begin a career in law enforcement.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta, Alexander, Sacramento and more

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A young Designated Player has joined Atlanta United, while the Houston Dynamo have bolstered their midfield with the addition of an MLS veteran.

Atlanta United announced the signing of21-year-old forward Hector "Tito" Villalba as a Young Designated Player. Villalba joins the upcoming MLS club from Argentina's San Lorenzo.

Atlanta United sign T&T striker Kenwyne Jones

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Kenwyne Jones used to compete against Carlos Bocanegra. Now, he will be playing for him.

Atlanta United announced on Friday that it has signed Jones, the 31-year-old striker who serves as captain for Trinidad & Tobago. Jones will officially jointhe expansion clubon Aug. 1, but will go out on loan until January ahead of its debut season in MLS next year.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Mancosu out 6-8 weeks, Asad suspended, and more

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Montreal Impact will be thin at forward for the next two months after losingstriker Matteo Mancosu to what has been diagnosed as a muscle tear in his thigh. He will be sidelined for between 6-8 weeks.

Mancosu, in his second season with Montreal, was substituted off the field in Saturday's loss to Vancouver after suffering an apparent thighinjury justfive minutes into the match.

MLS Ticker: Molino dealt to Minnesota, Atlanta adds another defender, and more

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On a day when Atlanta United dominated the MLS news cycle, its expansion cousin Minnesota United reportedly made a huge splash.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Minnesota will acquire winger Kevin Molino and goalkeeper Patrick McLean from Orlando City in exchange for $450,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money.

MLS Ticker: Bradley, Timbers, Robles and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team regular looks set to return to action after a lengthy injury absence, while the Portland Timbers have bolstered their backlineyet again with the signing of a young defender.

Michael Bradley returned to training on Tuesday and could return in time for Toronto FC'sclash with the New England Revolution on Saturday.

MLS Ticker: Jones, Perquis and more

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The next MLS expansion team could be making a big splash ahead of their debut season in 2017, while one of the league's best defenders is moving on.

Trinidad & Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones is reportedly close to signing a deal with expansion side Atlanta United FC. The 31-year-old most recently played for Cardiff City of the English Championship.

MLS Ticker: Kaka, Porter, NYCFC and more

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While one of Orlando City's biggest stars continues to miss time due to injury, a Western Conference side has added depth to its already strong midfield.

Kaka has been ruled out ahead of Orlando City's match against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta Unitedm, Dynamo and more

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Atlanta United's roster continues to grow, while the Dynamo saw two players depart.

Atlanta United has signed veteran midfielder Chris McCann from Wigan Athletic. The 28-year-old will go out on loan until the team officially begins MLS play in 2017. (REPORT)

The Houston Dynamo have agreed to terminate David Rocha's contract, while on-loan midfielder Leonel Miranda will not return after his deal expired on June 30.

The Rest

Reports: Atlanta United in talks with Gerardo Martino, Sigi Schmid for coaching job

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Atlanta United has reportedly begun their search for a head coach and reports are linking the MLS expansion team with two high-profile candidates.

ESPN is reporting that the 2017 expansion side are in talks with former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as well as former Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to take over as head coach for their inaugural season.