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The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Brad Guzan pre-DC United presser (9.17.21) — September 17, 2021

The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Brad Guzan pre-DC United presser (9.17.21)

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan
Photo credit: Atlanta United Communications

The Sports Inquirer attended the media presser of Atlanta United player Brad Guzan Sept. 17 ahead of the team’s home match against DC United in Major League Soccer play the next day. Topics included the team’s improved defensive execution with manager Gonzalo Pineda, how he communicates with players in multiple languages, the home-field advantage of Mercedes Benz Stadium and the approach to defending DC United particularly leading scorer Ola Kamara.

The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United wins at D.C. United, extends winning streak (8.24.21) — August 24, 2021

The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United wins at D.C. United, extends winning streak (8.24.21)

Atlanta United midfielder Marcelino Moreno #10 celebrates after scoring a goal during the match against D.C. United at Audi Field in Washington, District of Columbia on Saturday August 21, 2021. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

In this edition of the Original Free Kick, we recap Atlanta United’s 2-1 road win against D.C. United Aug. 21 as well as the team’s four-match winning streak with audio from interim manager Rob Valentino and goalkeeper/team captain Brad Guzan.


Original Free Kick: Atlanta United wins at D.C. United, extends winning streak (8.24.21)
The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United prepares to visit D.C. United (8.20.21) — August 20, 2021

The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United prepares to visit D.C. United (8.20.21)

Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco #8 passes during the match against Los Angeles FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday August 15, 2021. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

In this edition of the Original Free Kick, we preview Atlanta United’s road contest against D.C. United Aug. 21 as well as recapping the team’s 1-0 home victory against Toronto FC Aug. 18 with audio from interim manager Rob Valentino along with players George Bello, Ezequiel Barco, Brooks Lennon and Amar Sejdic. Topics include the team’s four-match unbeaten streak, the arrival of new Designated Player Luiz Araujo, the usage of a five-man backline featuring three defenders during the streak, the strong current form of Bello and adjusting to pending permanent manager Gonzalo Pineda.

The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United prepares to visit D.C. United (8.20.21)
Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Pity Martinez post-DC United presser (7.21.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #dcu — July 21, 2019

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Pity Martinez post-DC United presser (7.21.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #dcu

Atlanta United player Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez (right) handles ball in contest against the Philadelphia Union.
Photo credit: Atlanta United Communications

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United player Pity Martinez following his team’s 2-0 home win over DC United on July 21. Topics included scoring the game-winning goal off the bench late in the second half, being a reserve in the contest, Atlanta’s 3-5-2 formation and preparing to visit LAFC on July 26.

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Frank de Boer post-DC United presser (7.21.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #dcu —

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Frank de Boer post-DC United presser (7.21.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #dcu

Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer
Photo credit: Atlanta United Communications

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer following his team’s 2-0 home win over DC United on July 21. Topics included the pragmatic approach to breaking down DC United’s defense, working with a 3-5-2 formation starting Brandon Vazquez and Josef Martinez at the same time and Pity Martinez scoring the game-winning goal late in the second half.

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Brad Guzan pre-DC United home presser (7.19.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #dcu #mls #majorleaguesoccer — July 19, 2019

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Brad Guzan pre-DC United home presser (7.19.19) #sportsinquirer #atlutd #uniteandconquer #dcu #mls #majorleaguesoccer

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan
Photo credit: Atlanta United Communications

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan following the team’s practice on July 19. Topics included working with different sets of defenders due to injuries on the team, the form of teammate Josef Martinez, the implications of the newly announced Leagues Cup will have on Major League Soccer and Atlanta preparing to host DC United on July 21.