The time is fast approaching when Atlanta beams with excitement with the starting of a new season of football for arguably the most successful Professional Sports Team that Atlanta has to offer, Atlanta United. On the 18th Atlanta will face off against the Honduran side Motagua in the CONCACAF Champions League. The main question is: Is United ready for another grueling season with a ton of games to cover over a long period? With the loss of the N’golo Kante of the MLS, Darlington Nagbe, as well as the selling of other players to other teams, will United have the depth and talent at every position to dominate like they pretty much always have?
There have always been a few things about the organization of United that seem to keep fans and ease when changes come that don’t seem to quite make sense. That is the brilliance of Carlos Bocanegra as well as the brilliance of the organization of recruiting talent. A great example of this is the selling off of star and fan-favorite Miguel Almiron to Newcastle United in the EPL. I will be the first to admit that I thought the move was insane to make. Selling your best player for a large amount of money is always a good thing, but it isn’t always a good idea to sell your best player in the first place. However, I was proven well wrong as the 5 Stripes went on to recover from a poor start to nearly add another MLS Cup run.
We must trust that the signing of an aging Brad Guzan is the correct one. His age as far as fans are concerned does not mean anything as long as he keeps the goal out of the back of the net, and Guzan has come up huge under clutch circumstances in which weighed heavily towards the outcome on the season. He is a strong keeper to have and until he seems otherwise there is no reason to not be excited about the upcoming season.
United also has great young talent on the roster, such as the standout CB Miles Robinson who is one of the toughest defenders in the MLS, especially taken into account how he is still under the age of 23. The signing of the Irish Striker Jake Mulraney seems like a good move, allowing FDB to change up his attack if Martinez is having an off day. If you watch his highlights you will see that he has a ton of potential, and could indeed play a role in our run for the Cup this year.
There certainly are question marks, like the selling of the master German crosser of the football Julian Gressel, which also alarmed a lot of Atlanta United fans. However, after picking up Walkes and the Brazilian mid-fielder Matheus Rossetto, Atlanta looks to have built up enough armor to battle through this next season. The only change that seemingly could have been made would have been one for a big name player from Europe. We have players that are around the same price as Mario Gotze, who one would think would be a game-changer in the MLS.
At the end of the day, United don’t operate that way and that is completely fine. As many Southerners would say, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” United’s approach has been the same one that has worked time and time again. So it makes sense to simply trust in the savvy the front office. There is one thing that only we can control as fans, and that making Mercedes-Benz Stadium the most intimidating, raucous crowd in the MLS. We have THE best football fans in the MLS and I firmly believe that The 5 Stripes play better when the crowd gives them courage. We will need a lot of that this season, but we have proven to the rest of the MLS United have plenty of it a short amount of time. In the words of the Great Englishmen Winston Churchill: “Courage shall see us through. Courage.” Get ready Atlanta, the MLS season is about to begin.