Longshore: Parkhurst could be battling for starting role

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March 19, 2019 - 11:54 am

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It's been a rough go for Atlanta United, who are 0-2-1 in the young MLS season. Despite the less than ideal start to the 2019 season, there has been one bright spot: Miles Robinson.

The centerback, who didn't see much action under Tata Martino, is seemingly thriving under new head manager Frank de Boer. Robinson was even named to his first MLS Team of the Week on Monday.

Atlanta United radio analyst Jason Longshore joined Jon Chuckery and Randy McMichael on Tuesday, telling them he expects Robinson to have a bigger role moving forward.

"I think he's a starter," Longshore said. "Right now, outside of Josef Martinez and Brad Guzan, he is the next guy on the tema sheet."

"I think he is that important to this team right now. His range--he covers so much ground. His passing ability is very underrated. It's something that's been a criticism of him since he came into the league. I think he's showing now that he can do everything you want out of a modern centerback."

If Robinson is a starter moving forward, who's out when it comes to playing time? Franco Escobar will be returning from injury very soon with the expectation he'll start. So if de Boer starts only two centerbacks, he'll have to choose between Robinson, Leandro González Pirez, and Michael Parkhurst.

"I think right now, you can't take Robinson out of the line-up," Longshore said. "And I think Leandro González Pirez is a vital piece to this team as well."

"It could be Michael Parkhurst in a little bit more of a rotation."