Atlanta United and Orlando City meet for the first time this season this afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes host the Lions looking for their fourth straight win after starting the MLS season in disappointing fashion. The champions have turned it around under Frank de Boer and look to be hitting their stride just in time for this first rivalry match of the season.
Meanwhile, Orlando have been the opposite. James O’Conner’s side started the season off pretty well, but have hit a skid in the last month. To see how the two teams have differed, you need to look no further than their last games. Both were against Toronto FC at home. Atlanta won 2-0, while Orlando lost by the same scoreline. That result catapulted Atlanta over Orlando in the Eastern conference standings.
As you well know, the Lions have yet to conquer United in two seasons. They only managed two draws, while losing four times to Atlanta. Tito Villalba is well-known for his exploits against Orlando. With Ezequiel Barco on international duty and Tito opening his 2019 goal account at midweek, could the “Lion Tamer” be in line for another match-winning performance against them?
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
Orlando City’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX
Available Streaming: fuboTV (free trial)
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 1:30 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
2:00 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
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