After a comfortable opening match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium saw Atlanta United dominate FC Dallas, the Five Stripes quickly turn their attentions to Wednesday as they take on the New England Revolution. Tata Martino is not a manager that tends to rest players if they aren't injured or coming off an injury. However, with this quick of a turnaround, could we see it tomorrow? Here is the definite, surefire lineup for September 13th.*
*I'm probably wrong.
Goalkeeper: Brad "Mr. Clean" Guzan. I'm slowly being convinced that it's actually not always a bad thing to spend a good amount of money on a keeper when the rest of the starting XI is already pretty good.
Left Back: Greg Garza. I'm always genuinely happy for Garza when he shows up on the scoresheet.
Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. He can tell his grandchildren that their grandfather scored the first ever goal at MBS. That's special, and well deserved.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst.
Right Back: Anton Walkes.
Central Midfielder #1: Carlos Carmona. He dominated the midfield on Sunday. Dallas attackers had very few chances, and Carmona is a major reason for it.
Central Midfielder #2: Jeff Larentowicz.
Attacking Midfielder: Miguel Almiron. A return of form could not have come at a better time for him. Let's hope Miggy keeps this up.
Left Winger: Yamil Asad. A routine Yamil Asad meg is becoming his staple.
Right Winger: Hector Villalba. Tito's pace is going to do wonders for him on a bigger pitch. He was so engaged against Dallas.
Striker: Josef Martinez. Man, Atlanta's attack is stacked. I'm getting unreasonably hyped.
So yeah, I think Martino will keep the same lineup. This may not be an incredibly sexy decision, but one has to respect the man's consistency.
To recap, here's my projected starting XI against the New England Revolution.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.