Atlanta United are back at home after over a month of breaks and away matches as they get ready to take on Western Conference opponent F.C. Dallas at the fortress that is Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The rowdy and proud 5-Stripe Fanatics are ready to support their club from the stands and are fired up for their side as United are coming off their first win of the season up in New England when Ezequiel Barco’s double which included his wonderful second goal winning MLS’s Goal of the Week, it truly was a magnificent strike. With the team now back on track to winning ways we hope this will continue against a much more difficult team in F.C. Dallas who have started off their season with 4 wins,1 draw and 2 losses, definitely a much greater task to accomplish than it was last week.
So far these two teams have met each other only twice within the past two seasons, United won 3-0 in the first meeting at the first match of the newly finished Mercedes-Benz Stadium dominating on both sides, and the second meeting in Dallas ended up in a 3-2 victory for F.C. Dallas. In this meeting we want to see a similar pattern like we saw last week by pressuring the opponents back line with a bombardment of endless counter attacks, strong defensive and midfield structure to keep spreading out and mismatches from happening and now being back home with the United supporters behind their backs, this could be someone’s breakout game if all of this goes to plan.
In this weeks injury report for the 5-Stripes, three players will be out with injury this week including midfielder Eric Remedi who suffered a concussion last week against the Revolution barely 10 seconds into the match in a very dangerous collision of players heads. Remedi has not trained this week and is expected to hopefully be back with the team next week and possibly play vs. the Colorado Rapids. Kevin Kratz and George Bello are also out with injuries this week and their is no set timetable for their return into the side yet. Pity Martinez, although not 100%, will be available to play in tomorrow’s game, but he’ll be likely on the bench with Tito still in the lineup alongside Zeke and Josef.
It will be interesting to see what lineup head coach Frank De Boer rolls out on Saturday, with Remedi out, Larentowicz and Nagbe will fill in his role and if needed Dion Pereira will be available on the bench awaiting and anticipating to make his first appearance with United. Michael Parkhurst played at Right-Back last week, but now with Franco Escobar fully healthy, he should be back in the starting eleven along with defensive counterparts Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and Michael Parkhurst, who should move back into his Center-Back position role now. With that said, a similar lineup should be unveiled for Saturday’s game with Shea, LGP, Parky and Franco in the defensive positions, Nagbe, Larentowicz and Gressel in the midfield and Zeke, Tito and Josef up front. Atlanta’s goal for Saturday is simple, get the job done and win their first MLS home game of the season. Of course it’s much easier said then done, but United have a create chance to get back to back wins at home vs F.C. Dallas this week and vs. Colorado next week the opportunity is there for the taking, but it’s up to United if that’ll all be possible.
The upcoming match between Atlanta United and F.C. Dallas is set to kickoff at 4 P.M. and will be televised live on ESPN and ESPNDeportes. VAMOS UNITED!
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