After being off for one week due to an international break, Atlanta United are back in action at home vs. the Columbus Crew. A lot has changed in the Eastern Conference Standings since United’s last game back on August 31st in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union. Since then Atlanta United have slipped to third place in the Eastern Conference Table after that loss and NYCFC have jumped up to first with winning numerous matches and having two games in hand over Atlanta and Philadelphia in that time span. In first place NYCFC have 54 points and have played 29 games, the Union sit in second with 51 points and 29 games played as well and United are in third with 48 points and 28 games played.
Atlanta still have a great chance to still finish 1st place, United’s focus should just be on winning their games and not relying on other teams to help them because since United are the defending MLS Cup Champs, nobody will help you out it’s just you versus everyone else.
Atlanta United should be coming off this short break prepared and rejuvenated as most players had breaks from playing with their international team like Josef Martinez and with daily training and focusing on improving their play the goal is simple for Saturday night to go out and dominate the Crew who have been all but good this season. Defender Miles Robinson is coming off his first appearance and call up with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Robinson played about 30 minutes in the second half in the U.S.’s embarrasing 3-0 loss to Mexico, but overall Robinson played well and he’s been one of the best MLS Centerbacks this year by far and has helped United a lot defensively helping earn clean sheets and making one on one tackles and sprints to prevent goal scoring opportunities. With United’s constant rotating defensive line it surely helps to have a solid guy like him back there holding down the fort along with LGP and Guzan in goal.
In injury news, Ezequiel Barco is out with week to week muscle injury around his knee which he suffered in Atlanta’s victory over Minnesota in the U.S. Open Cup Final. Atlanta United can clinch a playoff berth with a win vs. Columbus Crew tonight at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Atlanta has six games remaining in the season left with 3 matches at home and 3 on the road. United can take a maximum of 18 points if they win the remainder of all of their MLS games. Mark your calendars Five Stripe fans for September 25th as Atlanta heads up to the Bronx and take on NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, that will likely be the decider for 1st place in the East, but right now the focus is on tonight’s match vs. Columbus and the obvious goal of getting a victory in front of the Five Stripe faithful. VAMOS UNITED!!!
Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew will be live on Fox Sports Southeast and ESPN+ with expected kickoff to be at 7:00.
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