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Atlanta United signs CB Miles Robinson to contract extension

Robinson’s new deal runs through the 2023 season.

Sep 29, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) reacts during the first half against Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 29, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) reacts during the first half against Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta United and center back Miles Robinson have agreed to a contract extension, the club announced Tuesday. Robinson is now signed through the 2023 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Robinson is a nominee for Major League Soccer’s defender of the year award, and he made his United States men’s national team debut Sept. 6 in a friendly against Mexico. The 22-year-old could receive his first competitive cap during the USMNT’s upcoming Concacaf Nations League games against Cuba this Friday and Canada Tuesday, Oct. 15.

A former college soccer player at Syracuse, Robinson has enjoyed a breakout season in Atlanta. After playing sparingly during the 2017 and ’18 seasons, he has anchored the Five Stripes’ back line and excelled at marking opposing center forwards out of games. Robinson appeared in all 34 of Atlanta’s MLS regular-season games this year. The Five Stripes conceded 43 goals in league play, tied for the fifth-best defensive record in MLS.

Following the Five Stripes’ 3-1 win over the New England Revolution Sunday, soon-to-retire Atlanta center back and captain called Robinson a “future national team stable.”

“Miles, I think, should be the defender of the year,” Parkhurst said. “Maybe I’m biased. I get to see him on a weekly basis, but that’s how good he’s been this year, and that’s really impressive from a guy that maybe had less than 10 starts coming into this year. He’s picking things up really, really quickly. His athleticism is off the charts, and he’s able to read the game better and better each week, and that’s what’s making him elite.

“I think he’s a future national team staple. I really do, and the sky’s the limit for him, and I’m glad I could help just a little bit, but he does a lot of it on his own.”

Atlanta selected Robinson with the second pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and signed him to a Generation Adidas contract. He made his first-team debut against the Charleston Battery in a 2017 U.S. Open Cup fourth-round game. Robinson’s first MLS appearance came April 7, 2018, when he started and played 90 minutes in a 5-0 rout of Los Angeles Football Club.

“Miles’ ability and potential was evident from the day we first scouted him, and we targeted him in the draft believing he could develop into a national team player,” Atlanta vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a prepared statement. “He patiently waited for his opportunity to break into the starting lineup, continued to put in the work needed to improve his game, and now he’s an integral part of our backline. We’re excited to secure him to a longterm contract.”

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