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Predicting Atlanta United’s lineup vs. New England Revolution

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Finally back in the swing of things.

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It’s been a long two weeks. I don’t know what you did to get through no Atlanta United soccer for 14 days, but we got through it together. Today, it’s an important game in Foxboro as the Five Stripes hope to get that long awaited first win as they travel up to New England.

I made this disclaimer last time, and I’ll make it again: the shape that Atlanta United shows in its lineup graphic probably won’t matter. It’s going to change - and change quite a bit. You’re definitely going to see players shift around and find themselves in spots they may not normally play.

Predicted Atlanta United lineup vs. New England Revolution

Formation: 4-3-3

  • No changes in my eyes from the Columbus match two weeks ago, except for Brek Shea at the LB slot and Pity Martinez/Ezequiel Barco on either side of Josef Martinez. George Bello and Mikey Ambrose’s injuries confirm that, although I’m not sure Shea is really Frank de Boer’s first choice at this point in time.
  • I mentioned this in my Q&A with The Bent Musket, but I’d love to see Pity take on more of a 10 role and cut in behind Josef Martinez in the attack. I’d also expect much of the play to be along the right side of the field to really capitalize on the abilities of Gressel and Escobar.

In essence, I’d love to see this - and maybe de Boer trots them out like so:

Thoughts? Questions? Let me know in the comments.