Atlanta United traveled to the Pacific Northwest in search of three points and to end their losing streak on the road against the Portland Timbers in a rematch of the 2018 MLS Cup. Lets just say it was deja vu all over again for the Timbers as United picked up a 2-0 victory with goals by Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in the 14th minute and Josef Martinez in the 46th minute with a spectacular finish. Atlanta got their first victory on the road since back in May when United won in Vancouver so about 3 months later. But during that time United were pretty much winning every single game at home so those results on the road did not effect much in the Eastern Conference Standings. Atlanta sits at first in the East with 45 points, tied with the Philadelphia Union but ahead on goal differential and wins.
With this in mind, Atlanta wants to continue with victories to stay ahead of the teams in the hunt behind them and why not continue winning ways with another victory down in Orlando?
All-time Atlanta and Orlando have played against each other a total of 8 times, Friday nights match will make it nine. Atlanta have won six, two draws and Orlando still winless against United, there is no point to call this a rivalry anymore let’s be honest geographically it is but when in terms of playing on the pitch and fan atmosphere in the terraces United always wins no doubt, we are just pretty much better at everything then they are.
Atlanta will likely roll out a similar starting eleven to what was played on Sunday against the Timbers, with Eric Remedi and Franco Escobar’s status for tomorrow a game time decision it’s still quite unclear but getting those guys back excels this team to a new level with Escobar’s athleticism and speed down the wing and to go along with Remedi’s great field coverage and marking of opponents defensively it sure puts United at an advantage against any team they go up against. George Bello, Brandon Vazquez and Kevin Kratz could also be available for tomorrow’s as they return from their injuries. For the second time in a three week span United head back down to Orlando determined to once again show how it’s down and who are the real Kings of the South. VAMOS UNITED!!!
Kickoff time between Atlanta and Orlando will be at 8:00 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
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