Atlanta United drew against Orlando City in a (somewhat) dramatic fashion on Saturday night thanks to Adam Jahn’s header. Atlanta United are continuing to have the same problems, the attack still looks very weak, and the defense continues to give chances. Hopefully, this draw can be a turning point for Atlanta to get into the right direction. There weren’t any big surprises in the starting XI. Matheus Rossetto was dropped to the bench for Jeff Larentowicz for more control in the midfield.
This was Atlanta’s starting XI vs. Orlando City:
Manager Stephen Glass has stuck with his lineup and system since the MLS restarted. He added Larentowicz in for more control in the lineup, but the same problems continued. With Escobar suspended, how will he lineup against Miami?
My predicted starting XI:
With Franco Escobar suspended, Brooks Lennon will have to make a return as a right-back in a back four. Escobar struggled on that right-hand side Saturday night. He played a lot better when Glass moved him as a center-back and Lennon back at right-back.
Against Orlando, Emerson Hyndman was struggling to be that creative outlet Atlanta United look for. Rossetto has started slow, yes, but until the FO can sign a creative midfielder, he has to be that creative outlet that the midfield and attack need.
Are we finally going to see Jurgen Damm start? Working his way up to fitness, he should be ready by now to play at least the first half. If he still isn’t match fit, Manuel Castro will start on that right-hand side.
This would be an excellent alternative for Atlanta United. This formation gives Lennon and Bello the freedom to push up and down freely while having a more controlled and disciplined midfield.
The 4-1-2-1-2 gives the attack a different look. Barco, in the ten role, gives him the freedom to create. He’d be dangerous player every where on the pitch. Cubo Torres, as a lone striker, hasn’t quite worked, so it could be a good thing adding Jahn next to him to create more space and take marks off of Cubo.
Let us know your predicted lineups!