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Predicting Atlanta United’s starting XI vs DC United

Can Atlanta secure three points and rise above the playoff line?

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Atlanta United face off against DC United in a must-win scenario today at 4 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are on the line. Can Stephen Glass inspire a win after a loss against Toronto?

Atlanta United’s lineup vs. Toronto:

The highlight of this lineup wasn’t in the starting XI at all. It was the return of Ezequiel Barco and Marcelino Moreno to the squad.

Regardless of the loss, Atlanta United fans were happy that these Designated Players were at least included in the matchday squad and could get minutes against Toronto.

There is hope that both Argentines can start against DC United. Atlanta United will need them both to get above the playoff line. Who does Glass lineup?

My predicted starting XI:

Stephen Glass finally has his weapons to get Atlanta United scoring goals again. It shouldn’t matter if DC United is in last place; he needs to put both Barco and Moreno from the start to get this team back on track and begin getting positive results.

Franco Escobar is excluded from the starting XI because it’s not clear yet if he is fit to play. If he is healthy, he will start as he has been a key player under Glass.

Jon Gallagher will most likely be given a rest if Escobar starts. This will make Lennon move over to the right-wing and Barco to the left-wing.

Let us know your predictions below!