Atlanta United is up-to-date today's preseason schedule with a finishing friendship against Galaxy LA about 3 p.m. ET. On Thursday, the staff travel back home before a long weekend, and the season really starts next week. After the pre-seasonal developments over the last couple of weeks, we have learned four things here.
Prepare for life without Darlington Nagbe
The biggest news on the preseason was not the functioning of one player. Instead, it was the lack. Darlington Nagbe did not participate in any of the first team exams, but his action was not only competitive with the reserves against Cal State Fullerton, a game that was completely absent. As South Dirty Play last reported last week, Nagbe wants to move away from Atlanta. Although it is too early to say that he will definitely have a different shirt next season, he is time to prepare himself mentally because of that situation. Frank de Boer shows a few different looks from Nagbe in the game, playing Jeff Larentowicz and the rookie Anderson Asiedu in the middle of the field with Eric Remedi. When Franco Escobar comes to complete fitness, the Julian Gressel may also be involved in this central central role. Time will tell, but the case seems to Carlos Carmona the last season, it will be very difficult for the team to introduce a good-time replacement for Nagbe to the summer.
Pity Martinez is also (or better) than we could expect
I mean, yeah, it was the American Player of the Year, so we knew it was going well. But did we know how foolish would defenders do? How difficult would it be to hit with a free starter and a cooking defendant? (Yes, of course, you did it.) But I'll be up and saying that I thought he could take it, I do not know, a few weeks before he got more on a new country and a new team. Instead, it's like a favorite MVP. Kewl.
Will Miles Robinson the Leap ™?
I say this: The biggest disappointment from Tata & Atlanta has been so far (and very little) that Miles Robinson.https failed to develop: //t.co/nygLB3qSRZ
– Matthew Doyle (@ MattDoyle76) February 18, 2018
Lo and behold, Tata Martino has finally disappeared and this may have been ROBINSON'S YALL years!
But really, Frank de Boer has slotted Robinson into his backbone in the absence of Nagbe (shuffling Larentowicz, the jigsaw puzzle piece) and he thinks he had a very strong camp. The high, physical center would be back to athletics, you would need to return to Atlanta. The Five Stripes also want to increase pieces set by both ends of the park. But most of all, Robinson's emergence this year can be very important for the club as Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz go into the sunset and become their best friends retired
We're looking for a diverse Ezequiel Barco to see this year
Ezequiel Barco player looks at the revival of this preseason. Why? He may know he has something to do after the first disappointing season. It may feel more freedom in the attack after the departure of Miguel Almiron. Frank de Boer may have given him a new lease of life. Whatever it is, it's working. And it is not clear that Barco is running by defenders and creating goals (although it is definitely a part). It looks more efficiently defensively and willing to track back and do some of the dirty work that Almiron knew as well.