After Friday nights victory down in Disneyland Atlanta United return back home to face against opponents Minnesota United in the U.S. Open Cup Final at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday, August 27th. The team looks to achieve yet another cup trophy after taking down Mexican giants Club America in the Campeones Cup Final by a final result of 3-2 just less than two weeks earlier. With the squad so far having a very successful month of August, they look to cap off their U.S. Open Cup Tournament run with a win on Tuesday. For the most part, Atlanta has had Minnesota’s number since both teams played their first inaugural seasons in 2017, 3 victories for Atlanta and 1 for Minnesota. Atlanta has defeated Charleston, Columbus, Saint Louis and Orlando to make it through to the final of the cup.
Expect Head Coach Frank De Boer to roll out a similar starting eleven to what we saw on Friday, still some questions as to if defender Franco Escobar will return and how many minutes some players will play due to the very tight schedule over the past couple of weeks and short time for rest and recovery, but otherwise the players should be focused and prepared no matter the situation to play especially in a very important match like this where United can add another trophy to the trophy cabinet. Plus, United have depth on the bench with experienced defender Michael Parkhurst, midfielders Mo Adams and Emerson Hyndman and forward Tito Villalba to be ready when the time comes for a substitution. Head Coach De Boer also likes to rotate the lineup here and there as we have seen throughout most of the season mainly with a few positions like in Midfield with Larentowicz and Remedi rotating the starting position at central and defensive midfield, occasionally also putting Hyndman in lineup as well. Justin Meram and Dion Pereira also switch every other game in the starting position at Left Midfield or depending on who’s having more impact on the team, one might get preferred over the other.
Throughout this season the defense has been rotated a lot whether it has been the player or the formation. Florentin Pogba and Franco Escobar mainly play at left-Back or left-Wing Back although given Escobar is naturally more suited at right back he can play both. Julian Gressel sits on the right side switching the roles in between of playing right midfielder, right wing back and even right back sometimes. Our wing backs do a lot of work running up and down the field offensively and defensively and it is key how they perform as it effects in a strategic way the way the rest of the team plays and how long they can physically and mentally play against some of the best wingers in the league.
LGP and Robinson will be holding down the fort at center back with Guzan likely to be in goal (Don’t be suprised to see if FDB starts Kann like he did in Campeones Cup). Nagbe who has played exceptionally well lately will likely start in midfield and the big three of Pity Martinez, Ezequiel Barco and Josef Martinez will all likely start together as the attackers. A huge match awaits against a challenging opponent on Tuesday, we have been in this position and situation before so this is nothing new to us and we will do whatever it takes to get our hands on more silverware. VAMOS UNITED!!!
The U.S. Open Cup Final will between Atlanta United and Minnesota United will be on Tuesday, August 27th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and live on ESPN+ at 8 PM.
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