This Saturday, Atlanta United will be facing off against Canadian side, Montreal Impact, who are currently 5th in the Eastern Conference.
Montreal Impact (9-12-1) is coming off a rough 2-0 loss in the Canadian Championship against the Vancouver Whitecaps and is trying to establish a positive rhythm to keep a spot in the top 6 to qualify for the MLS playoffs.
The last time the 5 Stripes met with Nacho Piatti and L’Impact, we blew them out in a 4-1 score line and things shouldn’t be much different this time around. Atlanta United has had more growth and continuity throughout the season and currently find themselves in a good place.
The match-day spotlight will be on either Andrew Carleton or Brandon Vazquez, either of which will be replacing Ezequiel Barco in the starting XI, more particularly in the left wing position.
Even though Carleton did a respectable job filling in Barco’s shoes last week, Barco’s killer pace and excellent field vision suggest that after this temporary punishment/suspension he will be placed back in the starting XI in the very near future.
False 9 Style
The Impact will be hosting Atlanta United more than likely using their typical 4-3-3 formation. In this formation, the lone striker himself may be a powerful target man or someone who drops deep to drag defenders away and leave space for the wide forwards, which is something that ATL UTD need to keep an eye out for.
Staying at the Top
While Atlanta United is still at the top spot in the Eastern Conference, a win at Montreal would help boost our chances of maintaining the lead and stave off the likes of NYCFC and FC Dallas.
Arturo Principe | @ArturoPrincipe1
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