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In New England return, Miles Robinson helps blank Revolution

Mar 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) plays the ball in front of Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho (25) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson continued his positive run of form in familiar territory on Saturday night.

Robinson started in central defense and went the full 90 minutes in Atlanta’s 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Robinson is a native of Arlington, Mass. – a town just six miles northeast of Boston – and had family and friends in the stands in Foxborough on Saturday. Not only did Robinson grow up attending Revs games, but he also played for the Boston Bolts youth academy, which sporadically played at Gillette Stadium.

“The Revs were our chief rivals, actually,” Robinson said after Saturday night’s game. “I was actually a fan when Mike [Parkhurst] and Jeff [Larentowicz] played here back in the day.”

Both Parkhurst and Larentowicz also started against the Revolution on Saturday night.

Parkhurst, who played in New England from 2005-08 and comes from Cranston, RI, slotted next to Robinson at right back. Larentowicz, a Brown University product, started his professional career with New England in 2005 and stayed there until getting traded to the Colorado Rapids shortly before the 2010 season.

Robinson, who Atlanta coach Frank de Boer has said is one of the biggest surprises so far this season, credits Parkhurst for his mentorship, both as a professional athlete and as a New England area product.

“He’s definitely a guy who’s got a lot of experience – some experience I can’t even imagine, with so many games he’s played and all that,” Robinson said. “He’s been teaching me along the way.”

Atlanta’s back line recorded its first shutout of the season, while Ezequiel Barco came off the bench to score both his team’s goals.

“We had a good week of training and it all led to this performance, Robinson said. “We created chances from the start, which is what we set out to do. We also made sure they didn’t get on the scoreboard. Overall, it was a good performance by the team.”

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