For the first time in four excruciatingly long months, Atlanta United plays a real, live match tonight to kick off their MLS is Back Tournament campaign. No longer do fans have to resort to replays of past matches in order to get their Five Stripe fix. The 2018 MLS Cup is great, sure, but the fresh uncertainty that comes with live sports has been severely missed. Now, it’s back.
And boy, will we get uncertainty. Despite this being game number three in the regular season, it’s hard not to treat tonight as a season opener. With a nearly clean injury report and a break longer than the previous offseason, this Atlanta United will be different from the one that beat FC Cincinnati 2-1 back in March. On top of that, Atlanta have been handed the New York Red Bulls as their first match in Group E, an opponent who has not been favorable to the team’s record.
There will be some poor decisions, there will be some timid challenges, there will even be a giant superimposed Adidas logo at midfield. But in spite of the world around us, we get to watch live Atlanta United soccer. Let’s enjoy it together, shall we?
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
New York Red Bulls’ Lineup:
How to Watch:
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida
Kickoff Time: Saturday, July 11; 8:00 PM EST
Available TV: FOX, TUDN
Available Streaming: Fubo TV (Free Trial), FOX Sports Go, TUDN App
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game
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