Atlanta United continued along its march to playoff hope as the team drew 0-0 at home to Orlando City, picking up a point against one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams. Brad Guzan played phenomenal to keep the Five Stripes in the game and secure the draw.
*This was a unchanged Atlanta side from their 4-0 victory against DC United last Saturday*
Red Bulls are in poor form after losing their last two games amidst a managerial change. Can Atlanta United grab three points to gain more ground in the standings?
My predicted XI vs. New York Red Bulls:
Edit: Miles Robinson is suspended, so when you see his name in these graphics, use your imagination to have it read “Fernando Meza” :)
(4-5-1): Anton Walkes has been in good form for Stephen Glass since returning to the starting XI. He seems to be Glass’s favorite to pair next to Miles Robinson rather than Fernando Meza. But Robinson is on a yellow card suspension, so Meza, get in there!
(5-2-1-2): With the possible inclusion of Marcelino Moreno, the whole structure of the backline will need to change to fit Franco Escobar and Brooks Lennon. If Moreno does start, Lennon could move back into his more natural right-wing back position while Escobar moves central next
(4-5-1): Mo Adams has put in good performances since being put into the starting XI last week. He retains possession well — something Glass was looking for in his midfield structure. Against Orlando, Adams was pushed up further next to Emerson Hyndman, trying to be another creative outlet.
(5-2-1-2): Despite picking up points and running rampant over D.C. United recently, Atlanta United has struggled to create scoring chances and opportunities. Going to a back 3/5 might give Glass a better opportunity to give Adam Jahn another forward to play with up top. Moreno will have the freedom to roam and create chances, even if it’s for 45 minutes or less.
(4-5-1): Glass has clearly established his preferred front three, which he’s used these past couple of week. With Matheus Rossetto and Ezequiel Barco not yet fit to play, this trio basically picks itself.
(5-1-2-1): Gallagher and Jahn have been effective, and both playing next to each other is a perfect balance. With Moreno at the ten role, Gallagher and Jahn have to be more clinical with the chances provided for them.