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As the curtain comes down on what is considered as a fascinating season of the MLS, it is also the time for teams to have a detailed look on what they have done best and what went wrong for their tactics and players. For Atlanta United, they entered this season being the defending champions and aimed to retain that number one spot once again. Still, under the management of Frank de Boer, a struggling start was something that hindered their progress on their journey to accomplish that expectation.

Things started to turn positive for them as a strong run in between April and June saw them return to the chase for the Eastern Conference trophy and a spot in the playoff’s semifinal. One of the factors that contributed to their U-turn in form was the solidity in their defence. With Leandro González Piréz remaining as the key player in defence and the experience of veteran centre-back Michael Parkhurst, Atlanta only conceded eight goals in thirteen matches during that period. But the player that really caught the eyes of Atlanta’s fans was Miles Robinson as he slowly built himself a place in de Boer’s 3-5-2 formation.

The Generation Adidas defender was picked during the 2017 Superdraft and was nurtured under “Tata” Martino after he returned from his loan spell at Charleston Battery. Since then, he became a backup choice for Atlanta and now played a key role in the team’s defence, considering he is only 22.

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