The battle for the top playoff seed in the Eastern conference essentially comes down to this. Atlanta United travel to Yankee Stadium trailing NYCFC in the East by four points. It’s undoubtedly a must-win match if the Five Stripes have any hope of securing home-field advantage through the conference portion of the playoffs.
A loss would clinch the top spot for NYCFC. A draw would leave it highly unlikely that Atlanta could make up 4 points in two remaining matches. A win would give them a very good chance if NYCFC don’t win their last two.
While Atlanta United usually have a good chance to win any match they play in MLS, it’s going to be extremely difficult tonight. Not only will they be without Ezequiel Barco who won’t be available until the weekend, according to Frank de Boer, but they’ll also be without Josef Martinez. While the official injury report states he’s questionable for the match after being stretchered off against San Jose, common belief is that he’s confirmed to be out.
Going away to the unfriendly and ridiculously snug confines of the Bronx is never easy. Having to do so without your two most impactful attacking players is just adding on to that difficulty level. Anything is possible in MLS, so to count Atlanta out before the match begins would be foolish, but it’s clear it will be an uphill battle in this one.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
New York City FC’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX Sports South
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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