Josh Cohen's Remarkable Debut in MLS and a New Chapter for Atlanta United

Goalkeeper Josh Cohen, arriving from the Israeli Premier League, makes an impressive debut in MLS and promises to be a key player for Atlanta United
Charleston Battery v Atlanta United: Round of 16 - 2024 U.S. Open Cup
Charleston Battery v Atlanta United: Round of 16 - 2024 U.S. Open Cup / David Jensen/USSF/GettyImages

On Saturday, Major League Soccer (MLS) witnessed Josh Cohen's debut for Atlanta United in a match against Los Angeles FC. In a game full of twists and turns, Cohen took to the field at the 62nd minute after the starting goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, was sent off with a red card. This debut is a milestone not only for Cohen but also for Atlanta United, which may have found a new hero between the posts.

Josh Cohen joined Atlanta United during the preseason, coming from the Israeli Premier League, where he had a brilliant spell with Maccabi Haifa. In Israel, Cohen not only secured three consecutive league titles but was also voted the 2020-21 Player of the Season and participated in the UEFA Champions League 2022-23. These accomplishments alone demonstrate the goalkeeper's ability and experience, which he now brings to American soccer.

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Before his stint with Maccabi Haifa, Cohen had a solid career in the USL Championship, playing for Sacramento Republic, where he made 51 appearances and kept 12 clean sheets. He also had stints with Phoenix Rising FC and Orange County SC, showcasing consistency and skill over the years. These credentials make Cohen a valuable acquisition for Atlanta United, which seeks to strengthen its defense following Guzan's temporary absence.

Cohen's debut in MLS was a true baptism by fire. Replacing an experienced goalkeeper like Guzan in the midst of an important game against a strong opponent like Los Angeles FC is no easy task. Cohen proved equal to the challenge, bringing security and confidence to Atlanta United's defense. His solid performance not only prevented Los Angeles FC from extending their lead but also demonstrated his ability to make quick and effective decisions under pressure.

It's worth noting that this wasn't the first time Cohen shone for Atlanta United. Prior to his MLS debut, he had already showcased his value in two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches. In these games, Cohen kept clean sheets and in a memorable performance against Charleston Battery, he saved two consecutive penalty kicks, helping his team advance to the tournament's quarterfinals.

Cohen's presence in Atlanta United's roster brings a new dynamic to the team. His international experience and consistent performances provide additional security to the defense, something crucial for a team aspiring to greater achievements. Moreover, his ability to shine in decisive moments could be a game-changer in important matches, especially in knockout competitions.

For Atlanta United, Josh Cohen's debut in MLS is a positive sign that the club is on the right path by reinforcing its squad with quality players. Brad Guzan's suspension could have dealt a heavy blow to the team, but Cohen's presence ensured that the level of performance was not compromised.