Atlanta United are back on the road grind this weekend with a trip to MLS Cup runner-ups Toronto FC. While Atlanta (2-1-1, 7 points) are ahead of the Reds (1-0-3, 6 points) in the Eastern conference standings through four matches played, TFC have yet to lose a match so far this season.
Coming off a respectable scoreless draw against the other MLS Cup participant last weekend, the Five Stripes will be looking to hand Toronto their first loss. To do so, they’ll need to get back to their scoring ways. They were able to create some chances in Seattle, but were unable to take them. With their three internationals available to start, we should see something that resembles a first-choice lineup save for the injured Josef Martinez.
On the defensive end, there needs to be more of the same with a little more discipline showcased. The Atlanta backline has been admirable this season but will face a daunting task keeping Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco at bay. The TFC dynamic duo has been quiet through four matches so far this season with the Italian not displaying his normal dynamism in the attack. Hopefully Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and company can make that weird trend last one more match before it inevitably ends against a poor future opponent.
This match will be the first televised by Atlanta United’s TV broadcast partner FOX Sports South/Southeast. FSS will air this one with Kevin Egan on play-by-play, Dan Gargan on color commentary, and Brittany Arnold reporting on the sidelines. A 30-minute pre-game show will precede the broadcast, with another 30-minute post-game show following it.
Pre-match Reading: What to watch for, 3 Q’s w/ Waking The Red, Lineup Prediction
Atlanta United Lineup:
Today's starting XI against @torontofc #UniteAndConquer pic.twitter.com/sOV8bqzJrx— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) April 8, 2017
Toronto FC Lineup:
Tonight’s @BMO Starting XI for #TORvATL...#TFCLive pic.twitter.com/9TtfLYLHnh— Toronto FC (@torontofc) April 8, 2017
How to Watch
Kickoff Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Available TV: FOX Sports South
Available Streams: FOX Sports Go, fuboTV within FSS/FSSE viewing area (free trial), Sling TV, PS Vue, MLS Live outside FSS/FSSE viewing area
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game
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