ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Atlanta United management has offered a four-year contract extension for star defensive specialist Miles Robinson. Technical director Carlos Bocanegra says an offer for an extension is already out to the USMNT CB.
“We have a 4-year guaranteed deal on the table for Miles… We hope to have good news by the end of the year,” Bocanegra said.
Sources said a contract extension is not yet a deal since teams from Bundesliga and Premier Leagues are reportedly seeking the services of Robinson, who achieved many milestones in 2021. Two of the milestones of Robinson in 2021 are making it to the United States Men’s Soccer Team (USMST) and getting a slot in the 2021 Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Robinson ended 2021 with a bang by getting one of the coveted slots in the 2021 MLS Best XI. Robinson is picked as the starting defender on the list. According to reports, the MLS Best XI is the second selection for Robinson since 2019. The Best XI – recognizing the league’s top players at each position as determined by media, players, and club technical staff – features players from eight countries and five clubs, all of which qualified for the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Robinson started 25 of his 26 MLS appearances in 2021 and was named to his first MLS All-Star team. The 24-year-old ranked second in MLS in duel success rate (min. 100 duels) at 66.83 % behind teammate Ezequiel Barco. In the 25 matches in which he played 90 minutes, Atlanta conceded an average of .92 goals per match and tallied nine clean sheets. He scored his first career MLS goal on Decision Day against FC Cincinnati and recorded his first MLS assist on May 29 against Nashville SC.
Robinson has 14 caps and three goals with the USMNT, earning his senior team debut on Sept. 6, 2019, in a friendly against Mexico. He made his first start and scored his first international goal in a 7-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31, 2021. Robinson started all six matches and scored two goals at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, where he helped the U.S. secure five clean sheets and scored the game-winning goal in the final to defeat Mexico 1-0. The 24-year-old was also recently named to his first MLS All-Star team and has started 14 of his 15 MLS appearances in 2021.