The long grind of the MLS regular season is put on hold this midweek as Atlanta United embark on a whole bunch of firsts. The fourth round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup is here, which means all MLS teams make their entrance into the domestic tournament. Atlanta will play their first USOC match ever tonight against of all teams, their own USL affiliate, Charleston Battery. This will also mark the first midweek competitive match the team has played in their short history.
With the short turnaround from last Saturday and another league match looming this Saturday, we can probably expect to see a different looking lineup from Tata Martino for this one. Rest will be a necessity for some players, while this will be a good chance for others to gain some fitness. It’s already been confirmed that Josef Martinez will be making his first start for the club since getting injured in March.
What else could we see in tonight’s lineup? Would Tata really trot out his usual first-choice lineup for a cup match? Could we possibly have an Andrew Carleton sighting? So many questions to be answered. Buckle up. It should be a fun night at Fifth-Third Bank Stadium for the club’s first ever cup match. Let’s get it.
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