Atlanta beat Portland in the final of the MLS playoffs last night by a score of 2-0 to win the MLS Cup.
It’s amazing what the Atlanta club has done because this is only their second season in the MLS.
Atlanta United were established as an expansion franchise back in 2014 under the ownership of Arthur Blank, the Home Depot co-founder, and Atlanta Falcons owner.
So to win the MLS Cup in their second season in the MLS is terrific.
But a rather strange comment from Newcastle target Miguel Almiron after the game was that he has vowed to return to Atlanta United for pre-season training and that usually starts in late January.
That’s even though Newcastle and some other top clubs want to sign him in the January transfer window.
Miguel Almiron – last night after Atlanta won the MLS Cup
Miguel had an assist on the first goal last night with a free kick and he said this as reported in GOAL.com after the game:
“I’m coming back in pre-season.” “When I got to Atlanta I didn’t think we would enjoy all this.”
“It’s beautiful what I’ve lived here, and what I am living here. More for the people, you feel the love. I want to thank them for that.”
34-year-old former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan is now in the nets for Atlanta and he talked about his team-mate after the game on the MLS website:
“His legacy, his impact on the game and on the city is huge,”
“Whatever happens with Miguel, we wish him all the best. He has been a fantastic servant of this club, of the city.
“He deserves everything that he is going to get going forward in his career on an individual basis.”
“I couldn’t be happier for him – if this is the end for him – to be able to send him off as a champion.”
Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson is over in Atlanta now trying to do a deal for Almiron.
If we are to sign him we have to hope it can happen quickly and not drag on and on like most Newcastle transfers under owner Mike Ashley.
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Here’s what we woke up to this morning in Raleigh, North Carolina.