2017 brought so much for Atlanta United fans to talk about on the field, but the Five Stripes squad has plenty of skills off the field as well. From jokes to fan messages and everything in between, here are the best social media posts from Atlanta United players this year, in chronological order.
Dreams No Longer
A moment many Atlanta United fans will remember for a long time, but none for as long as Andrew Carleton. The Georgia native commemorated his MLS debut with this picture-perfect moment.
Dreams no longer. pic.twitter.com/K7bRxv4TQp— Andrew Carleton (@andrewcarleton7) May 22, 2017
Más Cerca Que Más Lejos
Roughly translating to "getting closer and closer..." Josef Martinez gave Atlanta United fans something to cheer about as they anxiously awaited his return from injury. Plus, a special look at the technology he's using to rehab, which looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Brad's Bobby Dodd First Impression
After wrapping up his season in the Premier League, Brad Guzan had to wait until the transfer window opened to officially become an Atlanta United player. But that didn't stop him from experiencing the atmosphere of the Five Stripes nation from the crowd.
The Polar Bear Arrives
Michael Parkhurst welcomed fellow U.S. international Brad Guzan to Atlanta with a shoutout to his nickname, the Polar Bear. We'll let Parky and Brad explain the meaning of that one...
You Don't Stop Those...
Chris Goslin's unbelievable bicycle kick goal for the U.S. National Team was definitely worthy of a social media post from the young midfielder.
you don't stop those 🚲 pic.twitter.com/YNe5xcssEe— Chris Goslin (@chrisgoslin17) August 24, 2017
The Instagram post that broke the Atlanta United internet. Miguel Almirón decided to announce his return from injury on his own Instagram page, welcome news for fans of the Five Stripes.
Leandro Says Thanks
Many players went straight to the fans to thank them for an incredible season after the final match of the season, and Leandro González Pirez's was definitely one that stood out.
🇦🇷 Atlanta, solamente quiero decirles gracias por el gran año que nos han echo pasar, perdon por no haberles brindado un final feliz como todos esperabamos, estamos muy tristes, fue una pena no poder continuar en la liga, luchamos hasta el final, el apoyo de ustedes fue increible, es un año que no se olvidara jamas. GRACIAS! .. 🇺🇸Atlanta, I just want to say thank you for the Great year that you have put us through, sorry for not giving you the happy ending as we all expected, we are very sad, it was a pity not to be able to continue in the league, we fight to the end, support from you was incredible, it was a year that will never be forgotten by me. THANK YOU! @atlutd
Bobby's USSF aspirations
2017 was a time of change for U.S. Soccer, with the team's elimination from World Cup Qualifying followed by an election for USSF president. With several people throwing their hat into the ring, it seemed Bobby was the only one who didn't run!
I want to announce that I will not be running for US Soccer President.— Bobby Boswell (@bobbyboswell) November 7, 2017
Greg Garza became a crucial piece of the Atlanta United squad in his first year on loan with the club, so fans were thrilled to find out he was coming back on a permanent transfer for year number two.
Thank you all for the wonderful messages! My family and I are very pleased to permanently call ourselves @ATLUTD ATLiens. Can’t wait for 2018. 🔴⚫️ is in the blood. God bless you all! #UniteAndConquer pic.twitter.com/JimVzKdp4x— Gregory Garza (@gmgarza4) November 30, 2017
Julian Pops The Question
A pro debut, an end-of-season award, and so much more –– 2017 was quite a year for Julian Gressel. What better way to cap it off than with a proposal. Congratulations, Julian!
I can conquer the world with one hand as long as you are holding the other! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kTN8Gp6j7a— Julian Gressel (@JulianGressel) December 18, 2017