It is here. The final regular season match of 2019. It’s been a weird season. Some really good. Some pretty bad. Some bizarre. The 34-match slate ends today and Atlanta United will find out who their first-round playoff opponent will be.
Win and the Five Stripes will have the No. 2 seed in the east wrapped up. Any other result and it will depend on the result of Philadelphia Union’s match with NYCFC on if they drop to the third seed or not. The difference could end up being an extra home match in the playoffs, which is pretty big.
Word on the street (Michael Parkhurst on a podcast being that street) is that Josef Martinez could very well make his return to the field just a few weeks after a major injury scare. The facts are that the king has returned to training. With two more weeks between now and the playoffs beginning, if Josef is able to play, him getting some minutes to avoid rust could be a necessity.
Atlanta are getting healthy at the right time. Now they just need to hope their form follows. There was a point around August where it appeared they had figured things out and the players and Frank de Boer were on the same page. Something happened around the beginning of September and the team’s performances just haven’t looked right.
The New England Revolution come to town after locking down a playoff spot. If Atlanta United win, this exact match-up would happen again in the playoffs with the Revs taking the No. 7 seed. So, this could be a huge match, not just for current purposes, but for the playoffs too.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
New England Revolution’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Available Radio: Star 94.1, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 3:00 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
3:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
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