After a terrific matchup against Toronto FC, Atlanta United begins their inaugural postseason journey on Thursday against the Columbus Crew. This prediction should be very straightforward. There isn't a lot that Tata Martino should realistically change since no one is suspended and everyone is healthy, other than Greg Garza. With that being said, here is the definite, surefire lineup for October 26th.*
*I'm probably wrong.
Formation: 4-3-3. Martino threw a curveball on Sunday with the supposed 3-5-2. However, he'll return to the usual 4-3-3 as that's what helped us in both matches against Columbus. Martino did say the 3-5-2 was specifically an attempt to negate Toronto attackers(it didn't really work).
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan.
Left Back: Chris McCann. If the original timeline still stands, we couldn't expect Garza back until the 2nd leg of the conference semifinals, and even that's optimistic. McCann will have to do.
Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. YAAAAAAASSSSSS.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst. He said he was fine during Sunday's post-match press conference. Good enough for me.
Right Back: Anton Walkes.
Central Midfielder #1: Carlos Carmona.
Central Midfielder #2: Jeff Larentowicz.
Attacking Midfielder: Miguel Almiron. Mi amore. Instant impact when he came on against Toronto.
Left Winger: Yamil Asad.
Right Winger: Tito Villalba. Motor.
Striker: Josef Martinez. Thank goodness he scored on Sunday. We were getting worried.
To recap, here's my projected lineup versus the Columbus Crew.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.