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Atlanta United notebook: Villalba still out, green card for Williams and more

Sep 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United forward Hector Villalba (15) signals to the crowd after defender Jeff Larentowicz (not shown) scores a goal against the Montreal Impact during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Adam Hagy/USA TODAY Sports)

MARIETTA, Ga. – Hector Villalba did not participate in Atlanta United’s open training on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the 23-year-old designated player from Argentina had his abductor examined. He also did not see the field in Atlanta’s 3-1 preseason win over Nashville.

The 5-foot-6 forward tallied 13 goals and 11 assists last season. Captain Michael Parkhurst, also sat out for the Nashville game and did train Thursday.

Williams’ Green Card

The Five Stripes announced Monday that forward Romario Williams obtained a United States Green Card and no longer occupies an international roster spot.

Williams, 23, hails from Jamaica and is a former No. 3 overall MLS SuperDraft pick. He spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons playing with the USL’s Charleston Battery and led the club in scoring each season. He’s competing for first-team minutes with Atlanta United this year and scored a goal in the team’s preseason win over Nashville.

Atlanta United now carries nine internationals on its roster.

Asad deal nets TAM, GAM

Atlanta United did get something back when Yamil Asad signed with D.C. United.

In exchange for the midfielder’s rights, the Black-and-Red forked over a good chunk of allocation money. This year, Atlanta will receive $200,000 in general allocation money (GAM) and $100,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM). And in 2019, D.C. will give Atlanta $100,000 in GAM and $100,000 in TAM.

In 2020, if Asad makes an appearance in an MLS game, D.C. will give Atlanta an additional $100,000 in GAM.

Asad, 23, started in 31 games for the Five Stripes last season, notching seven goals and 13 assists.

More GAM

The New York Red Bulls struck a deal with Atlanta United on Friday for the discovery rights to Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra. For those rights, New York gave Atlanta $50,000 in general allocation money.

Kaku is a 23-year-old Argentinian winger. He is the first Young Designated Player Signing in Red Bulls’ history and will occupy an international roster spot.

Egan returns

Atlanta announced at the open training Thursday that Kevin Egan will return to do play-by-play for the Five Stripes’ television broadcasts on Fox Sports South.

Egan called a few games for Atlanta United last season before Alan Green took over. One of his calls stuck with Atlanta fans – when Miguel Almirón notched a hat trick against Houston, Egan declared, “It’s an absolute peach, from the Paraguayan!”

New Nagbe

Darlington Nagbe took to Twitter Friday to tell fans he has a third child on the way. His wife, Felicia, is due in July.

“I’m not sure how excited Kingston is about all this and being a big brother, but we can’t wait to meet this little blessing in July,” he wrote.

ATL 2 updates

Atlanta United 2, the club’s new USL affiliate, has set dates for four preseason matches.

ATL 2 will face the club’s U-19 academy team Feb. 18. Collegiate teams from Georgia State and Furman will come to Cobb County for games Feb.24. Finally, ATL 2 will face fellow USL side Charlotte Independence on March 3.

All of the preseason games are closed to the public and will take place at the training grounds in Marietta. The team begins its regular season at Lawrenceville’s Coolray Field on March 24 against New York Red Bulls II.

Atlanta United 2 also announced a signing Monday, bringing aboard midfielder Kevin Barajas. The 21-year-old Atlanta native made 69 appearances over four seasons for the Kentucky Wildcats, earning All-CUSA honors and helping Kentucky reach the NCAA tournament three times.





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