Want to start a save in one of the most exciting and innovative leagues in world football right now? Why not try out a save with Major League Soccer Cup winners, Atlanta United!
Atlanta United History
Officially founded in 2014, Atlanta United only became an MLS franchise in 2017. At the start of the game, Atlanta United are yet to win a single title, so you can start off with a clean slate. Atlanta United have possibly the most passionate fans in MLS, and one of the most talented squads, so there is a lot of to be excited about in the future. In their first season in MLS, Atlanta got to the playoffs, losing to Columbus Crew on penalties.
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Atlanta United have one of the better youth academies in MLS, and they place an emphasis on developing youth. The board do not want to enforce any philosophies on you at the start of the save, so you have room to maneuver.
Expectations and Budget
The board at Atlanta United have high expectations for you. They want you to win both the MLS title and the MLS Supporter’s Shield. They deem the US Cup as not important.
When you start up the save, Atlanta United are not allowed to make any transfers, as the game starts outside the transfer window. The board have given you a £1.3m wage budget, of which only £168,069 is being spent, so there is quite a lot of room there.
Atlanta have really impressive finances at the start of the save. With an overall balance of 37M, and around 60k per week available in wages, they are very stable. They also have no bank loans, and a scouting budget of 720k.
The squad at Atlanta is possibly the most talented and exciting in MLS. With an experienced goalkeeper in Brad Guzan, and talented defender Franco Escobar, the defence is solid. Meanwhile in attack, Atlanta have 4 huge prospects, Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron, Ezequiel Barco and Josef Martinez. These 4 players are all wanted by most of the top clubs in Europe, and it will be a challenge to hold onto them.
Best Players and Talents
1. Josef Martinez
2. Darlington Nagbe
3. Ezequiel Barco
4. Franco Escobar
5. Hector Villalba
6. Miguel Almiron
I would go with a 4-2-3-1 with this Atlanta United team. This way, you could get the best out of that extremely talented front 4. With Barco, Almiron and Villalba all supporting Josef Martinez up top, you are bound to get goals.
In midfield, you have a multitude of options. Eric Remedi, Darlington Nagbe, Chris McCann, Julian Gressel, Jeff Larentowicz and Kevin Kratz can all be deployed as a defensive midfielder.
In defence, you have 2 great centre-backs in Franco Escobar and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, in front of a very experienced goalkeeper in Brad Guzan.