Ten days ago, Atlanta United’s 1-0 victory over FC Dallas brought us an unexpected bit of optimism. While the season clearly wouldn’t end as hoped, the remaining matches could at least reflect the intense, entertaining battle we had seen. Then, against Chicago, things regressed back to the mean.
Now the Five Stripes return to action on the road in D.C., continuing the effort to make the Dallas result appear as less of an outlier. To achieve this, and potentially grab a spot in a rather large playoff, a good place to start would be not losing to teams with double-digit conference standings. D.C. sits at the very bottom in the East, tied with Miami at 11 points but with only 2 wins of their 14 matches played.
A result on the road isn’t entirely out of the question, with D.C.’s last home victory coming pre-’rona against a 10-man Miami expansion squad. Atlanta will get some help back as well, with a group including Barco, Damm, Robinson, and Rossetto free of the injury report. However, we’ve learned this doesn’t really equal availability, so watch for the lineup announcement to see if there are any different faces in the XI.
On that note, what are y’alls Barco predictions for tonight? How will Yamil Asad and Julian Gressel perform against their former team? Do two horribly out of form teams meeting make for a good match thanks to the absurdity that is MLS?
D.C. United’s Lineup:
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
How to Watch:
Venue: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Kickoff Time: Saturday, October 3rd; 7:00 PM EST
Available TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Available Streaming: FOX Sports Go, ESPN+ (Out of market)
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