Atlanta United began their first preseason under head coach Gonzalo Pineda on a positive note, notching a 2-0 victory Tuesday over local semi-professional team Georgia Storm at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground.
First-choice players like goalkeeper Brad Guzan, center back Alan Franco and winger Luiz Araujo were all available. Though six Atlanta players are away on international duty, including center back Miles Robinson and forward Josef Martinez, while midfielder Ezequiel Barco (permission to be away from team) and midfielder Marcelino Moreno (foot injury) were among those who didn't feature.
Atlanta continue their preseason preparations when facing local NPSL side Georgia Revolution on Jan. 30, a scrimmage held on the University of Georgia’s campus. They’ll also head to Mexico in February for three scrimmages, then face USL Championship side Birmingham Legion on Feb. 20.