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Predicting Atlanta United’s lineup vs. FC Dallas

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How the XI might look in the return to the Benz.

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While Atlanta United’s 2-0 win against the New England Revolution could serve as a potential turning point for the club, FC Dallas will be a little bit more of a challenge. Dallas is off to a good start to its 2019 campaign, but needed to sweat out a 2-1 win against winless Portland last week. At the same time, getting a win at the Benz will be a big confidence boost for the Five Stripes and will go a long way toward putting them on the right track for the rest of the year.

Predicted Atlanta United lineup vs. FC Dallas

Some observations:

  • Eric Remedi’s injury necessitates some changes to the midfield. I think having Barco in that 10 role can really help the team - hopefully his performance in New England is a sign of things to come.
  • Frank de Boer’s comments during training this week seems to point to Tito Villalba in the LW role. It’s safe to say that he made the most of his opportunity last week after a little bit of a slow start to the season.
  • I think Franco Escobar starts today. That might be at the expense of Michael Parkhurst, especially with the emergence of Miles Robinson, who is in a strong run of form and has established himself as a starting caliber CB. That’s unless Parkhurst starts at right back and Escobar is brought in as a substitute later on like in New England.

Thoughts? Questions? Let me know in the comments.