After a great win against the Montreal Impact, Atlanta United look to clinch their first ever playoff berth on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Union. However, they're almost certainly going to have to do it without Miguel Almiron, who sustained a hamstring injury on Sunday. Who could we see step up in his place? Here is the definite, surefire lineup for September 27th.*
*I'm probably wrong.
Formation: 4-3-3. Regardless of who gets injured, the 4-3-3 wil be the formation Martino begins a match with.
Goalkeeper: Brad "I lick soccer balls because I can" Guzan.
Left Back: Greg Garza. I mean, eventually. Right? In fairness, Chris McCann has done surprisingly well at left back. He's sneaky technical at times.
Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. Best CB in MLS.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst. He's not mentioned often, and that's not necessarily a bad thing for defenders. Still though, he's been great this season.
Right Back: Anton Walkes.
Central Midfielder #1: Carlos Carmona. 14 fire emojis.
Central Midfielder #2: Jeff Larentowicz. Fellow Dirty South Soccerian Sam Jones is a man of his word and will get a tattoo of the ginger legend. He's also doing it for a great cause. Find out more here.
Attacking Midfielder: Julian Gressel. Although I said the other day that Yamil Asad playing centrally could be the best move, that doesn't mean Martino will do it, mostly because that would likely require Tito Villalba to start on the left and that hasn't happened all season. Still, Gressel can contribute positively to the attack as shown by his eight assists, tied for the second most ever in a MLS rookie season.
Left Winger: Yamil Asad.
Right Winger: Tito Villalba. Que Golazo.
Striker: Josef Martinez. Almost Que Golazo.
To recap, here's my projected lineup against the Philadelphia Union.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.