What is this nonsense? Only one Atlanta United match this week? Is the world ending?
What a match-up we have this lovely Friday night when No. 1 in the West (and MLS) take on No. 2 in the East. While Atlanta United and LAFC aren’t rivals and have virtually no history together, as far as star power and circumstances go, you won’t find more interesting match-up in MLS.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past five months, LAFC are sort of a big deal. They’re the new juggernaut of the league so far this season, amassing a comfortable seven-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield race. Bob Bradley has this second year team buzzing and putting up ridiculously stupid numbers compared to the rest of the league. Their +35 goal differential is a cool 25 goals better than Atlanta United’s +10 which is good enough to tie for second in the league with NYCFC. Needless to say, the Five Stripes have their work cut out for them as they head to LA.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Frank de Boer’s side. They’ve won their last two matches and seem to have found a bit of spark thanks to a tweak in the team’s shape. Could we see the return of Ezequiel Barco to the lineup for this huge match? He’s had a full week of training under his belt and De Boer has stated he’s ready for minutes. But how much will he get? In other news, Brandon Vazquez picked up a slight knock in training Wednesday but is fit enough to travel. However, could his place in the lineup be in Jeopardy? Barco could slot in for him as could Pity Martinez.
Buckle up for what should be a very intriguing match-up and possible MLS Cup preview.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Banc of California Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Available Streaming: WatchESPN
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 9:00 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
9:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
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