CCL Recap and Preview for Atlanta’s MLS home opener vs. FC Cincinnati

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Atlanta United’s CONCACAF Champions League Title hopes took a huge and likely devastating blow.

Last night, Frank De Boer’s squad took a thrashing at the hands of Monterrey. The final score was a 3-0 victory for the home side. Nicolas Sanchez would open up the scoring in the 17th minute with a penalty kick conversion. The final two goals were scored by Monterrey in a combined time of about four minutes as Dorlan Pabon and Jesus Gallardo would score to finish off the game in what was another disappointing performance by the 5-Stripes.

Frank De Boer will have a lot of critics now with the first three of his four games being losses and his team conceding a total amount of 9 goals in both competitions.

Atlanta’s return leg will be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday, March 13 at 8 P.M.  United now have a huge mountain to climb now being down in aggregate 3-0 and are staring in the face of elimination from CCL unless a miraculous comeback can be done just like we saw in two UEFA Champions League games this week. A comeback is possible and if United can get on the right foot early and be confident as well as excited to play at home for the 1st time since winning MLS Cup with the 17’s behind their backs fully supporting and singing until the final whistle, don’t count em out just yet!

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Atlanta United will play their first MLS home game of the season against FC Cincinnati which will be on Sunday, March 10 at 5 P.M. and will be live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be rocking on Sunday as Atlanta United returns home to play in the World Class stadium for the first time in almost 3 months since winning MLS Cup back in December.

This has been United’s fortress over the past season in which very little competition has come out of MBS with all three points. This Sunday’s game must be a turnaround game for Atlanta United, this team needs a big boost of confidence and teamwork coordination and what not a better place to play then at home because so far this season the road games have been a struggle.

United’s opponent FC Cincinnati is coming off playing it’s first inaugural game in MLS history in a 4-1 loss up in the Pacific Northwest vs. the Seattle Sounders. Tough way to know that your first two games of the season will be at the most hostile and electric environments in all of Major League Soccer, Welcome to MLS Cincinnati.

On another note former United Left-Back Greg Garza who joined FC Cincinnati this offseason is doubtful to play against his former teammates as a hip injury he suffered with the U.S. Men’s National Team back in January has kept him out since, we wish Greg Garza a fast and speedy recovery from his injury!

It is also unknown whether Julian Gressel will be available on Sunday after he suffered an injury in training on Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s game vs Monterrey and Franco Escobar’s timetable return from his injury is still questionable as well.

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