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Atlanta United CB Miles Robinson receives first USMNT call-up

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan also will join the national team next month.

Jul 21, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) is defended by D.C. United midfielder Lucas Rodriguez (11) in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Jul 21, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson (12) is defended by D.C. United midfielder Lucas Rodriguez (11) in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Miles Robinson, Atlanta United’s breakout star at center back, is now a United States international. U.S. men’s national team manager Gregg Berhalter Wednesday announced his 26-player roster for September friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay. Robinson received his first call for the U.S. senior team.

Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan also received a call-up. Guzan has 60 caps for the USMNT.

The 22-year-old Robinson has played 27 Major League Soccer games for Atlanta in 2019, starting 26. He typically lines up in the middle of Frank de Boer’s back-three and is charged with marking opponents’ center forwards out of games. Robinson has excelled. Atlanta has the second-best defensive record in MLS, and Robinson has conceded just 20 fouls in league play all year. As Atlanta has taken a more attack-minded approach in recent weeks, Robinson’s stellar performances at the back have limited the team’s risk.

Robinson, Atlanta’s second-overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, appeared with the U.S. under-23 side earlier this year. He played 90 total minutes in a 2-0 loss to Egypt and a goalless draw against the Netherlands and earned positive reviews.

Atlanta wingback Justin Meram explained Robinson’s skill set after a 2-1 win over New York City FC earlier this month.

“He allows us to go one-v-one in the back because he’s so dominant and also covering for both center backs on either side,” Meram said. “So that allows myself, Julian [Gressel] to be higher up the field, which allows us to create more chances. With a guy like him, he does more than just win the duels. He helps us create chances just by his presence in the back.”

Robinson and Guzan were the only Atlanta player selected to Berhalter’s squad. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe declined a call-up, according to the Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.

The USMNT plays Mexico, led by former Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sept. 6. The Americans meet Uruguay at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Sept. 10.

Atlanta will enjoy a two-week break following this Saturday’s match at the Philadelphia Union. The Five Stripes return to action Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Columbus Crew.

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