Football Season Guide

Atlanta United


Georgios Giakoumakis (att) Celtic FC, Derrick Etienne Jr. (att), Columbus Crew, Clement Diop (gk) New England Revolution, Quentin Westberg (gk) Toronto, Luis Abram (def) Granada CF, Juan Jose Purata (def) Tigres, Noah Cobb (def) Atlanta United 2, Aiden McFadden (def) Atlanta United 2, Ajani Fortune (mid) Atlanta United 2, Justin Garces (gk) Atlanta United 2, Tyler Wolff (att) SK Beveren, Efrain Morales (def) Atlanta United 2, Erik Centeno (def) Atlanta United 2.


George Campbell (def) Montreal, Alan Franco (def) Sao Paulo, Josef Martinez (att) Inter Miami, Raul Gudino (gk) Necaxa, Bryce Washington (def) Loudoun United, Marcelino Moreno (mid) Coritiba FC, Tyler Wolff (att) SK Beveren, Emerson Hyndman (mid), Dom Dwyer (att), Bobby Shuttleworth (gk), Alex DeJohn (def), Mikey Ambrose (def), Dylan Castanheira (gk), Ronaldo Cisneros (att) Chivas, Edwin Mosquera (att) Defensa y Justicia.

The year 2022 was a season to forget for Atlanta United, as they failed to make the playoffs and finished only 11th in the Eastern Conference. They ended the season with a record of 10 wins, 10 losses and 14 defeats, and with ten draws all season, they had the fourth highest record in the entire Eastern Conference. With a few more wins instead of draws, they might have made the playoffs, as sixth-place Inter Miami and seventh-place Orlando reached the knockout round despite 14 losses. Brad Guzan and Miles Robinson were the two key players on the Atlanta team that missed nearly half the season due to an Achilles tendon injury, which took a toll on the team's performance, especially in the goalkeeping and defensive departments. The duo has yet to return to full fitness and, with the departures of George Campbell and Alan Franco, Atlanta's back line looks much different than what we have been used to. Perhaps the biggest news of the winter season for Atlanta was the acquisition of centre forward Georgios Giakoumakis from Celtic FC for €4 million. The Greek international replaces Josef Martinez, who left the club for Inter Miami after scoring nine goals in the 2022 MLS campaign, and is expected to follow in the footsteps of one of Atlanta's biggest stars in recent years. The midfield trio of Thiago Almada, Luiz Araujo and Matheus Rossetto are expected to be important players in bringing Giakoumakis' talent forward, while the back line is perhaps the weakest unit of Atlanta's entire team at the moment.


With the signing of Giakoumakis, Atlanta could improve on last season's results, assuming the Greek international can score around 20 goals. However, the team will need to remain strong at the back if they are to challenge for a playoff spot, and much will depend on the form of Guzan and Robinson once they return to full fitness.