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UPDATED: Atlanta United add final preseason friendly

The path to 2020.

MLS: Champions League-Monterrey at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The reason for Atlanta United’s short trip to Mexico has been revealed. The team will play a final preseason friendly against Mexican second division side Leones Negros CF on February 11 in Guadalajara, a week from the CCL opener. Kickoff will be at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Atlanta United announced their preseason schedule for 2020 today. It all kicks off on Monday when the Five Stripes convene for the official start of preseason. Their preparation for their first match against Motagua in the Concacaf Champions League on February 18 will include four different friendlies and two training camps.

After a week at the team’s training facilities to open up camp, they’ll travel down Bradenton, Florida to train at the IMG Academy. There, they will play three different opponents, two from MLS and one from Sweden. First, they’ll take on the Red Bulls on January 24 then the Philadelphia Union on January. They finish up their three-match stretch in Florida with an interesting matchup with Swedish side IF Elfsborg.

All three friendlies in Florida will be closed to the public. It is not known yet if they will be live streamed.

A week later, the team travels to Alabama for a Southeastern clash with USL Championship outfit Birmingham Legion FC.

Following their final official preseason friendly, they head down to Guadalajara, Mexico for a brief training stint before returning home to prepare for their first competitive match of the season.

Here’s the full preseason outlook: