What to expect in Atlanta United’s MLS opener against D.C. United and Anderson Asiedu signs with Atlanta

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MLS is back!!!

It’s opening weekend for all MLS Clubs as the quest for glory of being Supporters Shield and MLS Cup Champions begins today.

The reigning MLS Cup Champs Atlanta United will start their title defense in the nations capital of Washington D.C. as they will take on Wayne Rooney, Luciano Acosta, Paul Arriola and the rest of the squad on Sunday, March 3rd at Audi Field. Kickoff is set for 6 P.M. and will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes(Spanish Commentary).

Many questions go into Sunday’s game as United will be turning right around to go play another game 3 days after playing another match. It will prove to be a test for Frank De Boer’s side and coaching staff. This will be something they might have to get used to if they go farther into the CCL Competition as there will be much shorter time to prepare and recover for upcoming games so expect an often fluctuating lineup of different players for every game United play going on from now.

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All of us expect coming into this game that the lineup will likely look completely different than what we’ve seen the past two games for Atlanta. Apart from Brad Guzan likely to start in goal, Jeff Larentowicz and Hector “Tito” Villalba also should be looking at a spot in the Starting XI as they came off the bench in United’s Thursday night CCL game in Kennesaw and played a maximum of only around 20-30 minutes so both should be fit and ready to go for Sunday’s game.

Whatever lineup De Boer and his staff will come up with he will expect the same level of commitment and effort from the second team side as he would with the first team players.

This will be a good opportunity for some of the bench players and reserves to make an impression on the coaching staff and fans as they will likely be used more often for the next few weeks, possibly even longer depending on how far Atlanta goes into the CCL competition. We all know this team won’t go down without a fight.

 

On another note, Atlanta United signed Anderson Asiedu with the 24th pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and will be added to the clubs roster when all paperwork and visa work is completed. Born in Ghana and 22 years of age, Asiedu played at UCLA and Monmouth University during his collegiate career in which he was a two-time All-PAC 12 Conference player. This signing will definitely boost Atlanta’s midfielder depth in which was needed now with the constant rotation of lineups in every game. We hope for the best and welcome Anderson Asiedu to Atlanta!

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