The MLS All-Star Game has come and gone and thankfully all five Atlanta United participants returned healthy. The push toward the playoffs begins now with a match-up of two teams in the thick of their respective conference races.
The Los Angeles Galaxy come to town without Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is serving a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation. What does that mean? Well, frankly it means that Atlanta should be winning this match and taking full points. When a team is overly reliable one one player and that player isn’t playing, you should be beating them, especially at home. There are no if’s and’s or but’s.
The news is very good to Frank de Boer on the injury front. Almost everyone is finally back and ready to go. Even Tito Villalba rejoined training this week and is expected to be included in the matchday 18. Could we finally see Ezequiel Barco return to the starting lineup? He’s looked great in his few short appearances since returning from injury. What about Pity Martinez? How will he fit in if Barco does start? The lineup conundrum is real and intriguing.
Let’s get this win, please.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
#ATLUTD’s Starting XI vs @LAGalaxy pic.twitter.com/3ykyFlUNmF— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) August 3, 2019
LA Galaxy’s Lineup:
Titulares del #LAGalaxy para el partido de hoy en Atlanta #ATLvLA | @ModeloUSA pic.twitter.com/wOpgNJ8Nca— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy_Es) August 3, 2019
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX, FOX Deportes
Available Streaming: fuboTV (free trial)
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 4:00 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
4:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
This thread will be your match thread. We don’t have many rules here. We just ask that you don’t insult each other personally and treat each other with respect. Debates can get heated and that’s fine, but name-calling and petty insults will get you banned. If you see a comment that you feel is out of line, please report it and it will be dealt with.
Dirty South Soccer has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.