An intriguing rumor has emerged out of nowhere linking Atlanta United to interest in US men’s national team striker Matthew Hoppe. The Athletic have reported that the Five Stripes have a “serious interest” in the Mallorca striker.
Reporting with Tweet embed: Multiple sources say Atlanta United has a serious interest in #USMNT Wing Matthew Hope. Another MLS team in the mix. Mallorca is unlikely to want to sell amid a downside battle, if at all. Hoppe moved there for about $4 million last summer. pic.twitter.com/jmgpT7bJg8
– Paul Tenorio April 17 2022
These rumors arose in the wake of Joseph Martinez’s undergoing another knee surgery which will keep him out of work for about two months. While the club have brought in Ronaldo Cisneros from Chivas de Guadalajara on a short-term loan, they may be looking for a long-term solution to the striker’s depth.
The 21-year-old is capable of playing across the front offensive line. He is skilled and fast with a very confident demeanor.
It should be noted that this rumor came before Brad Gozan left Saturday’s match with what appeared to be a serious injury to his leg. If the veteran goalkeeper has to waste a significant amount of time, it may make more sense for the club to shift their focus to find a solution to this absence.
However, with all the rumors, it’s always a wait-and-see. Something of this may come now or even in the summer. With the club’s barrage of injuries continuing, it could be a busy season in terms of players coming and going.