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Atlanta United selects Michael Parkhurst as first captain

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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Michael Parkhust #15 of the United States Men’s National Team in action against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Expansion MLS club Atlanta United has announced that American defender Michael Parkhurst will serve as the club’s first captain.

The 33-year-old veteran was chosen over other well-known players on the squad such as Kenwyne Jones, Brad Guzan, Jeff Larentowicz. Parkhurst, a four-time MLS All-Star, knows the league well having spent a total of six seasons with New England and Columbus.

The club announced the decision by posting a video of director Carlos Bocanegra and manager Gerardo Martino giving Parkhurst the news.

Atlanta looks primed for a successful inaugural season, with a number of signings hailed as early successes. They have signed USMNT veterans like Parkhurst and Greg Garza, plus young Designated Players such as 22-year-old Hector Villalba and 23-year-old Miguel Almiron. Jones is a goal-scorer with Premier League experience, and they picked up Syracuse defender Miles Robinson in the draft, considered one of - if not the - best defender in the pool.

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