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Predicting Atlanta United’s starting lineup at Montreal Impact

Another opportunity for the young star.

MLS: D.C. United at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

After a fun win against D.C. United, Atlanta United turns its attention to a resurgent Montreal Impact side looking for their sixth straight win at home. There are big questions to ask in regards to the lineup this week. With Ezequiel Barco missing Saturday’s match due to a violation of team rules, do we see Andrew Carleton get the nod for the second game in a row? Is Eric Remedi ready to start a match? Let’s try and answer these questions.

Here is the definite, surefire lineup for July 28.*

*I’m probably wrong.

Formation: 4-3-3.

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan.

Left Back: Chris McCann. He’s a better natural defender than Mikey Ambrose is, but McCann isn’t as well off when joining the attack. There’s good and bad with both and Martino prefers the defensive side of the game in this case.

Center Back #1: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez.

Center Back #2: Michael Parkhurst.

Right Back: Franco Escobar.

Central Midfielder #1: Jeff Larentowicz. I don’t think it’s time for Remedi just yet. One substitute appearance and less than two weeks of training with the team seems like a short amount of time to throw someone into the lineup when there are already reliable alternatives available. Next week seems like a better bet.

Central Midfielder #2: Julian Gressel.

Attacking Midfielder: Miguel Almiron.

Left Winger: Andrew Carleton. Man, that felt weird to type.

Right Winger: Tito Villalba.

Striker: Josef Martinez. Another hat trick, yeah?

To recap, here’s my projected lineup against the Montreal Impact.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.