After a truly memorable win against the Philadelphia Union that saw Atlanta United clinch a playoff berth in its inaugural season, the Five Stripes look to build on their momentum in the quest for a first round bye as they make the trip up north to face the New England Revolution. Does Michael Parkhurst return after missing the last match? Does Greg Garza FINALLY start again after coming on as a sub? Did Kevin Kratz do enough to warrant another start? So many questions! Here is the definite, surefire lineup for September 30th.*
*I'm probably wrong.
Goalkeeper: Brad "He's a (children probably read these articles) wall!" Guzan.
Left Back: Greg Garza. Okay, he has to start this time. I mean, we finally saw him play a few minutes on Wednesday, so Tata Martino definitely thinks he's fit.
Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. FIFA 18 strength rating: 100000000000000000.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst. Martino gave him a well deserved rest on Wednesday. I fully expect him to be back tomorrow.
Right Back: Anton Walkes. He was quite good against the Union.
Central Midfielder #1: Carlos Carmona. Someone make a compilation of all the passes he's broken up. I will watch with awe every time.
Central Midfielder #2: Kevin Kratz. This is a little bold, but I think Jeff Larentowicz gets some much needed rest on Saturday. He hinted on a couple occasions in the post-match conference that the team could use some rest. When asked about the atmosphere in the locker room, Larentowicz said:
"I think everyone is ready to hit a pillow somewhere...I think that we're all pretty tired but I think we've all got something nice under our pillow after these games."
Either Larentowicz really likes pillows or he's trying to tell us something. We'll see if Martino gets the hint. Obviously, I could be reading way too far into this.
Attacking Midfielder: Julian Gressel. Spectacular performance on Wednesday. Rookie of the Year, and it's not even close.
Left Winger: Yamil Asad.
Right Winger: Tito Villalba. He deserved to get on the scoresheet. He was a Josef Martinez arm away from doing so.
Striker: Josef Martinez. Let him get the goals in on Saturday because we certainly won't see him next Tuesday against Minnesota United due to a more than likely international callup(Spoiler Alert: The lineup prediction on Tuesday is going to be really fun). According to FIFA, a player must be released by their club four days before a qualifying match played "on a different continent to that on which the club is domiciled". Venezuala's match against Uruguay is next Thursday, October 5th.
That just means Martinez has to score extra goals on Saturday. No big deal.
To recap, here's my projected lineup against the New England Revolution.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.