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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.

MLS Ticker: Guardado, Higuain, Noguiera and more

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One of North America's biggest stars has received a large offer to join MLS, while the Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union have each suffered blows to their starting lineups.

Atlanta United has reportedly offered Andres Guradado a$6 millionper year deal to join as the club's first Designated Player.

U.S. U-17 midfielder Carleton signs as Atlanta United's first Homegrown

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Atlanta United's Homegrown initiative has begun with the signing a U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team star.

Andrew Carleton was officially announced as Atlanta United's first Homegrown Player on Thursday. The15-year-old midfielder, who resides in Powder Springs, Georgia, will be added to the team'sroster as a Homegrown Player in 2017 after completingHomegrown Player training requirements.

MLS Ticker: Hedges, Crew, Atlanta United and more

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Following Week 7 action in MLS, the team at the top of the standings has reportedly received some bad news.

FC Dallas could be without centerback Matt Hedges for five-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus. A report claims Hedges started feeling the problem after playing on the Portland Timbers' artificial surface at Providence Park, and the defender then missed FCD's home win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

MLS Ticker: St. Louis expansion, Sounders-Galaxy and more

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Preseason friendlies filled Wednesday's docket, but a report out of St. Louis had many people talking MLS expansion.

A group including St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III and St. Louis Blues CEO Chris Zimmerman, among others, is reportedly working together to bring an MLS team to St.

Atlanta United signs goalkeeper Tambakis as club's first player

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More than one year away from the club's debut, Atlanta United has officially added the club's first-ever player to its roster.

On Monday, Atlanta United announced the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis, who previously featured for Greece'sPanathinaikos. Tambakis will spend 2015 with theCharleston Battery, Atlanta United's recently announced USL affiliate.

Atlanta United stadium opening delayed

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Atlanta United's home debut will apparently occur much later than originally intended.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionreported on Thursday that the opening ofMercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed untilJune 1, 2017. As a result, the stadium will not be ready for the first three months of Atlanta United's inaugural MLS season.

MLS Ticker: Irwin, NYCFC, Las Vegas and more

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Although the MLS Draft has come and gone, the transfer window is still open and a couple of clubs have made some deals.

On Monday, Toronto FC announced the acquisition of 26-year-old goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the Colorado Rapids. The Western Conference club will receive targeted allocation money as well as two MLS Draft picks one in 2016 and one in 2017.

MLS Ticker: Pfeffer, RSL, Atlanta United and more

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Zach Pfeffer is moving to the Colorado Rapids to complete a trade, Yura Movsisyan is re-joining Real Salt Lake and more:

The Philadelphia Union are sending 21-year-old Pfeffer to the Colorado Rapids to complete the exchange for the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's MLS Draft.

MLS Ticker: TFC trades for Beitashour; Crew sign Ashe; and more

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Heading into the 2016 MLS offseason, Toronto FC made a point of patching the club's back line. The club started by adding veteran defender Drew Moor, and that process continued Friday with the signing of a fullback to match.

On Friday, TFC announced that the club had acquired fullback Steven Beitashour from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for the club's second-highest second round pick in the upcoming MLS Draft.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo re-sign trio; McDonough joins Atlanta United; and more

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Scratch off another name from the second phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced they had re-signed a trio of MLS veterans, including Honduran international Boniek García. The 31-year-old midfielder was set to enter into Thursday's negotiation phase of the Re-Entry Draft, but the Dynamo opted to retain him, as well as midfielder Ricardo Clark and defender Sheanon Williams, back for another year.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta United announces training facility; Johnson ready for Canada; more

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After announcing last week that they would be scrapping plans for a training structure in DeKalb County, Atlanta United has revealed a new plan for team facilities to be built in Marietta.

The MLS expansion franchise, due to debut in 2017, made public on Wednesdayan agreement with Marietta to build their headquarters and training facility in the Franklin Road Corridor.

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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.

MLS Ticker: Gilberto, Keane, Atlanta United and more

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While one MLS star was named to Ireland's squad ahead of Euro 2016, a Designated Player could be on his way out with the Chicago Fire.

The Fire are reportedly seeking to buy out Gilberto's contract. The DP has netted just five and added four assists in 19 matches for the Eastern Conference side after being claimed off waivers by the Fire in 2015.

MLS Ticker: Sarvas, Aristeguieta, Atlanta United and more

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While the winter transfer window for some leagues ended in Europe, there were a few MLS clubs involved in the action on a busy Monday.

D.C. United acquired 34-year-old midfielder Marcelo Sarvas from the Colorado Rapids, sending Targeted Allocation Money and a 2018 conditional draft pick to the Western Conference club.

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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.