After a slightly longer break since their last match, Atlanta United returns to action to take on the New England Revolution. Greg Garza unfortunately won’t be available for the foreseeable future and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez is suspended due to yellow card accumulation, but Franco Escobar and Chris McCann return after a three-match absence due to injuries. What do these developments mean for the starting lineup? Well, a lot. Let’s do our best to figure it out.
Here is the definite, surefire lineup for May 30.*
*I’m probably wrong.
Formation: 3-5-2. I don’t know, man. It could easily be the other one I guess. It just seems like Tata Martino is happy with how the team has been playing for the most part even during the two most recent losses.
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan.
Center Back #1: Chris McCann. If they do go 3-5-2, it’s going to come down to either McCann or Miles Robinson starting. I would personally go with the latter, but I think Martino prefers the veteran.
Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst.
Center Back #3: Franco Escobar. Brad, stop messing with your teammate. You boys are going to get into a lot of trouble if you keep this up.
Left Wingback: Mikey Ambrose. Free kick golazos. Free kick golazos everywhere. Also, starting Ambrose allows one of the four available center backs to come off the bench as another option for Martino later in the match if he needs it.
Right Wingback: Julian Gressel. I miss Tito Villalba a little bit. It’s not because Gressel has played poorly or anything. I just miss Tito.
Central Midfielder #1: Jeff Larentowicz. If you’re going to get a yellow card, do it against the Revolution so you won’t be suspended against NYCFC.
Central Midfielder #2: Darlington Nagbe.
Attacking Midfielder: Miguel Almiron. I’m giving you and Jeff the same pep talk.
Striker #1: Ezequiel Barco.
Striker #2: Josef Martinez.
To recap, here’s my projected lineup against the New England Revolution.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.