After a topsy turvy draw against Orlando City, Atlanta United looks to keep their momentum going against a disappointing Los Angeles Galaxy side. Will we see Tata Martino rest any players? If so, could we still see Greg Garza and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez back after their respective injury and suspension? Here is the definite, surefire lineup for September 20th.*
*I'm probably wrong.
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan. Probably his worst match with Atlanta last Saturday.
Left Back: Greg Garza. We never heard anything from the AU camp that made his absence against Orlando sound like something more than precautionary.
Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. It's amazing how many Atlanta players there are whose roles are so crucial to the club that when they're missing from the lineup, it's obvious. LGP can now be put in that category after what we saw last Saturday.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst. 'Ol reliable.
Right Back: Anton Walkes. He came off with a cramp against Orlando, so this is somewhat of a risky pick. However, it's important to mention that when Garza injured himself against New England, Martino let it be known in the post-match press conference. He didn't say anything about Walkes after Saturday. I'm reading between the lines with this one, so we'll see if it's a stretch.
Central Midfielder #1: Carlos Carmona.
Central Midfielder #2: Jeff Larentowicz. As fellow Dirty South Soccerian Joe Patrick explained, Orlando completely exploited the matchup between Larentowicz and Dom Dwyer by capitalizing on Dwyer's pace and Jeff's lack of. The fact is Larentowicz thrives as a holding mid.
Attacking Midfielder: Miguel Almiron. He really, really wants to score. However, he certainly doesn't need to if he continues to create opportunities like he has been. The stat sheet can't begin to explain what Almiron brings to this club.
Left Winger: Yamil Asad. Not a great match from him either on Saturday.
Right Winger: Hector Villalba. Oh my, the life of every Orlando City fan flashed before their eyes when that shot left his foot in stoppage time. I thought some sort of Devine intervention was upon us.
Striker: Josef Martinez. He was tied for 11th in the Golden Boot race before the Orlando match. He's now tied for 4th and only four goals away from leading. The big question is, do we see an otherworldly third consecutive hat trick?
Well, that's my prediction. Same old, same old. I am very nervous about the Garza and Walkes picks.
To recap, here's my projected lineup against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
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