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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Before they start the 2022 Major League Soccer season, it will be a very busy off-season for Atlanta United FC as they prepare for another productive season next year.
On November 30, the coaching staff and officials of United FC will submit to the league which players will have their options exercised and which players will not.
This is the day the team decides which players they intend to keep and players they intend to let go.
The following day December 1, is another huge day for United FC since it is the day Year-End Award winner for MLS Defensive Player of the Year will be announced.
Atlanta United center-back Miles Robinson was named one of three finalists along with Yeimar Gómez of Seattle Sounders FC and Walker Zimmerman of Nashville SC.
On December 11 at around nine in the morning, the MLS trade window opens and at this point, United FC will start evaluating if the team needs to trade some players or acquire new players from other MLS teams.
At one in the afternoon on the same the trade window closes, United FC can no longer sign or trade any players until after the MLS Expansion Draft.
On December 13, the MLS will release its free agent list.
United FC will take a look at this list for potential players they can add to their current roster.
The following December 14 is the MLS Expansion Draft.
United FC will have an option to draft some young players for its roster on this day.
The following year on February 27, the United FC will host the dangerous Sporting Kansas City at 3 p.m. (ET) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The match will be broadcast nationally and will be the first time Atlanta and Sporting KC face each other in a season opener.
It was also announced that Atlanta will face Colorado Rapids on Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. (ET) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the reigning-Western Conference regular-season champions’ home opener. TV information for all matches will be announced at a later date, along with the remainder of the club’s MLS schedule.
The 2022 MLS season will feature 28 clubs, 14 in each conference, with clubs playing each team in its conference twice and eight teams from the other conference once for a total of 34 matches. After today’s announcement, Atlanta has six remaining matches against Western Conference opponents to be announced.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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