Welcome, everybody, to the post-de Boer era of Atlanta United.
This evening gives us our first view of the Five Stripes in a month since the three loss flame-out in the MLS is Back Tournament. Now, with new players and a new (interim) coach, a new look ATL migrates out of the bubble and into regional regular season games for the next three weeks.
In a sense, this is the third “season opener” of 2020. It’s hard to look back on the 2-1 victory up in Nashville back in February as being this year, doesn’t it? And that July fever dream seems like it belongs somewhere else entirely. This time, after yet another “preseason”, Atlanta has a mostly clean slate to work with.
Expectations are hard to come by, but the possibilities are endless. Heck, we don’t even have a full schedule yet past the next six games. Who knows how the rest of this year goes?
We’ll get a glimpse of the future tonight. Will we see new life from a squad now separated from de Boer? Will first appearances from Cubo Torres and Jurgen Damm provide the sparks that start the attacking engine Atlanta has been missing? How will Stephen Glass fare in his MLS coaching debut?
While we wait for kickoff back in a fanless Benz, check out our match preview, lineup prediction, and Q&A with Nashville blog Broadway Sports, then join us in the comments as we welcome Atlanta United soccer into our lives once again.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
Nashville SC’s Lineup:
How to Watch:
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff Time: Saturday, August 22nd; 7:00 PM EST
Available TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Available Streaming: FOX Sports GO, ESPN+ (Out of market)
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