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The Daily Dirt, April 3: Preparation

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Who has the inside track to start up top for Atlanta in Toronto?

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Week 6 of the MLS season is officially upon us and Tata Martino will begin preparations for Toronto FC on Saturday night. He will have a full week to work with the squad as they persist during Josef Martinez’s absence. Tito Villalba moved up top Friday night from his usual position on the right wing. Kenwyne Jones replaced him late in the match and had the best chance of the game on a pass from Julian Gressel.

We will have to wait and see which option Martino uses in Toronto Saturday night. They provide different advantages and disadvantages and the team will have to decide which gives them the best chance to compete against the Reds. Let us know your thoughts in the comments on who you would start.


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