2021 Games: 11 appearances, 11 starts (981 minutes) Emerson Hyndman has never quite justified his hefty salary for Atlanta United, but he had become a mainstay in the starting XI under Gabriel Heinze, showing his best form since the Frank de Boer era. And then the injury bug bit. Hyndman suffered a torn ACL in June and was ruled out for the season. Amar Sejdic was brought in as an immediate replacement, but that was a clear Emerson Hyndman-sized hole in Atlanta United’s midfield (something that probably would have been seen as a good thing after a disastrous 2020 season). Hyndman’s 2021 form prior to his injury was night and day compared to 2021 and he flourished in Heinze’s possession-heavy system. The Five Stripes missed his on-the-ball qualities throughout the remainder of the season and lacked a midfield facilitator like Hyndman on the roster. If we see the 2021 Hyndman again this year, Atlanta could finally have a quality midfield unit at long last.