After their disappointing loss against the New York Red Bulls, Atlanta United look to rebound at home against the New England Revolution. With Chris McCann suspended due to yellow card accumulation, there’s an open spot in the starting lineup. Will Tata Martino make any other changes from the side that disappointed last week? Let’s discuss.
Here is the definite, surefire lineup for Oct. 6.*
*I’m probably wrong.
Formation: 3-5-2. Atlanta did not lose last week because of the formation choice. They lost because the wingbacks didn’t properly stretch the field, and therefore didn’t create additional passing room for the midfielders to break away on the attack. Also, we had no answer for RBNY’s press. Alright, now I’m just getting angry. Anyhow, I’m expecting Martino to stick with the 3-5-2 for this match.
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan.
Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst.
Center Back #3: Jeff Larentowicz. If it were me, I’d start Franco Escobar strictly for his pace. However, Martino seems to feel Larentowicz is necessary to play whenever possible.
Left Wingback: George Bello. Thanks, Joe.
Tata Martino all but confirmed this morning that George Bello will once again start in the place of Chris McCann Saturday, who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. #ATLUTD— Joe Patrick (@japatrick200) October 4, 2018
Right Wingback: Julian Gressel. He struggled for space last week, but it should be a lot easier for him against the Revs.
Central Midfielder #1: Eric Remedi.
Central Midfielder #2: Darlington Nagbe.
Attacking Midfielder: Miguel Almiron.
Striker #1: Pity, err, Josef Martinez.
Striker #2: Tito Villalba.
To recap, here’s my projected lineup against the New England Revolution.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.