The First XI: The best ATL UTD players on EA Sports FIFA 19

EA Sports FIFA 19 is set to hit shelves in just a few days, and with Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the game for the first time ever, anticipation for the release has never been higher among Atlanta United fans. It also means new ratings for Atlanta United players, and this is your exclusive first look at where everyone stacks up.

1. Josef Martinez – 81 overall

No real surprise here –– when you score a record-breaking 28 goals in a season, you’re going to lead the team in FIFA rating. The fifth-highest rating in all of MLS, Josef’s 91 speed makes him nearly unstoppable in the latest version of FIFA, while his shooting, dribbling and physicality are unsurprisingly near the top in the league. And with 3-star skill ratings, watch out if you find yourself lined up against him in the game or in real life.

2. Miguel Almirón – 80 overall

Coming in just behind Josef is Miguel Almirón, the 10th-highest rating in MLS. More electric pace –– 89 overall –– Almirón is tied for the highest on the team in dribbling and leads the team in passing, and has an impressive defensive rating for an attacking midfielder.

T-3. Tito Villalba – 75 overall

Coming in third is the lightning bolt down the right wing, Tito Villalba. His 92 pace tops the team and makes him a secret weapon for any FIFA Ultimate Team player, while his 79 dribbling and 76 shooting also rank right near the top of the team.

T-3. Leandro González Pirez – 75 overall

Tied with Tito in the overall rankings, but with an entirely different set of statistics, is center back Leandro González Pirez. The 30th-ranked MLS player overall, his 74 defending and 78 physicality rating show why he’s one of the most dominant defenders in the league, while his 66 dribbling and 63 passing demonstrate he’s capable going forward as well.

5. Ezequiel Barco – 74 overall

With a dribble rating of 80 and 3-star skill moves, he’s nearly impossible to defend one-on-one, while his 83 speed rating will help break open a counter-attack against any team.

T-6. Darlington Nagbe – 73 overall

A star in the middle of the park, his 80 dribbling rating and 81 pace make him just as hard to dispossess as he is in real life, while his 69-rated passing, shooting and physicality ratings show how well-rounded his skillset is.

T-6. Brad Guzan – 73 overall

The leader in net, Brad Guzan comes in tied at number 6 in the ranking. The U.S international’s reflexes, diving and positioning stats all stand out, with his kicking and handles not far behind.

T-8. Eric Remedi – 70 overall

A newcomer to this addition of the game, Eric Remedi is a strong addition to the midfield. 71 physicality and 68 defending make him a solid midfielder anchor, while a 64 passing and 63 dribbling rating show he’s more than just a midfield enforcer.

T-8. Michael Parkhurst – 70 overall

While the Captain himself voiced some frustration at a 54 pace, he makes up for it with a 70 defending rating and a 68 physicality stat.

T-8. Julian Gressel – 70 overall

Moving up the ranks this year is the reigning Rookie of the Year, Julian Gressel. Listed as a right midfielder in this game, his well-rounded skillset lines up perfectly with his versatility on the field. Excelling in physicality, but strong in pace, passing, dribbling and shooting, he can fill in anywhere on the pitch in the game or in real life.

T-8. Greg Garza – 70 overall

Rounding out the top 11 is left back Greg Garza, whose physicality and pace make him an asset out on any left wing. With solid numbers in dribbling, passing and defending, he can do it all from the left back position.

Here’s the full list of Atlanta United player ratings in FIFA 19*:

Note: Brad Guzan's numbers are goalkeeper stats and don't align with the other statistics in the chart below:

And make sure to watch the players as they react to their ratings for the first time, with a special twist thrown in for fun: