The international break has come and gone. While many of us suffered through the misery of watching our national team attempt to play soccer, it was a necessary sacrifice to make sure the Atlanta United squad rested and freshened up for the vital final six-match stretch of the regular season.
The Supporters’ Shield has been pretty much wrapped up by LAFC, but the No. 1 seed in the East is still very much attainable despite the disappointing result in Philadelphia last time out. If Atlanta find a way to win all of their final six matches, they will secure that spot. While that’s way too big of an expectation, it’s not an impossible feat for this talented team.
This six-match stretch starts with hosting the pesky Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s been a miserable season for the Crew as they sit second to bottom in the East. But they have the players to give Atlanta fits. Gyasi Zardes, in particular, could be a threat to Atlanta’s back line.
Winning six in a row, especially with the pressure of a playoff race, is never easy. But as the old sports cliche goes, if you take it one game at a time and chip away slowly, it starts to become more realistic. Getting three points in this one is paramount to the hopes of gaining that vital top seed
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
Columbus Crew’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 6:00 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
6:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
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