We’ve made it, y’all. It’s finally a match day in the (metro) A, and Atlanta United sits 90 minutes away from returning to the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals for the second time in two attempts.
The Five Stripes return from Honduras with a 1-1 draw that feels much more like a success than a failure, especially when considering the lineup tricks Frank de Boer needed to pull off with a thin roster. Despite conceding to Motagua first, Atlanta did not trail for long, as Josef Martinez (despite fighting an illness) equalized less than a minute after. This vital away goal means that the team will kick off tonight with upper hand, and unlike last year’s run, will not be fighting to overturn a 2-goal deficit.
Some issues linger with the squad, particularly the still thin depth chart. Jake Mulraney returns to ease some concerns on the left, but other than that, the same issues remain regarding Bello, Robinson, Castro, Rossetto, and Castillo. Read more about these players and everything else that needs previewing in your match preview here.
In more positive news, the match tonight will be much easier to find than last week’s. TV broadcasting will be on FOX Sports 1 in English, a familiar channel to those who have watched nationally broadcast MLS matches in the past.
Tonight’s result isn’t too concerning thanks to the first leg’s scoreline, as a 0-0 draw or better is enough to see Atlanta through. A 1-1 draw sends it directly to a penalty shootout, with no extra time. How do y’all feel heading into this one? What lineup tricks might de Boer try out tonight? As always, discuss tonight’s Action at the Fraction in the comments below.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
FC Motagua’s Lineup:
| Conoce la formación que manda nuestro técnico, Diego Vázquez al campo de juego contra el #AtlaUnited en el partido de vuelta de los Octavos de Final de la #SCCL2020 Ⓜ️#OrgullososDeSerMotagua #VamosConTodo pic.twitter.com/98a9QL8896— Fútbol Club Motagua (@MOTAGUAcom) February 25, 2020
How to Watch:
Venue: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, Georgia
Kickoff Time: Tuesday, February 25; 8:00 PM EST
Available TV: FS1, TUDN
Available Streaming: Fubo TV (Free Trial), FOX Sports Go
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game
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