ATL UTD vs. San Jose Earthquakes Preview

With their confidence sky-high, the 5 Stripes continue their Western trek as they gear up for a midweek match against the San Jose Earthquakes, led by team Captain, Chris Wondolowski.

Tata Martino
Tata Martino

Atlanta United are headed to California after showing out in an earlier match against the Colorado Rapids and beating the home team by a score of 3-0. The team is looking great and was running like a well-oiled machine this Saturday. With the Supporters’ Shield on the line, it couldn’t come a better time.

It seems as if every week we take turns sharing the number 1 spot with the Red Bulls.

The New York Red Bulls (currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference) haven’t let up on the gas all season and are keeping us competitive.

Saturday’s match served as a boost to morale for the United players and raised their spirits. If we’re being honest, the Rapids are one of the worst teams in their conference and they are not an accurate picture of what a playoff caliber team will perform like. However, If we can continue to perform how we did against them, I think we’ll be hitting a perfect stride come playoffs time.

On the other hand, the Earthquakes were caught on the receiving end of a total beatdown by the most consistent Western Conference team, Sporting Kansas City.

Standing in last place in their conference, San Jose has seen better days and are currently far from their best form. However, with a shocking 4-3 win over FC Dallas, they’ve proved to themselves and to their fans that they still play to win.

Most likely playing with a 4-4-2 holding formation, San Jose will brace themselves from the Atlanta offense by loading up in the midfield and in the backline. The Earthquakes have two strikers that understand each other very well (Kazaishvili and Hoesen) and that’s where the real danger lies.

Valeri Qazaishvili “Vako”
Valeri Qazaishvili Vako

The quick turnaround between matches will definitely affect both teams but this is a great opportunity for Atlanta United to give their bench players more minutes.

Andrew Carleton and George Bello, both products of and regular starters in ATL UTD 2, have been doing a good job of keeping up with the pace of the match, even in the heat of a tough situation, like the match against D.C. United and deserve more minutes.

Arturo Principe | @ArturoPrincipe1

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