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A couple of teams that fight in MLS will fight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when Atlanta United host the New England Revolution on Saturday.
The Five Stripes came back to tie Nashville SC 2-2 away from home in their final game, while the Revsconceded three goals in less than 25 minutes to lose to Toronto FC 3-2.
What was supposed to be a comeback campaign for Atlanta has yet to materialize after a dozen games in 2021, with the team currently on a seven-game winless streak, its longest streak without a win in the United States. club history.
Last season the excuse was injuries, and while they’ve had their share of that again this season, this once-great scorer team that led all MLS teams in goals in the 2018 regular season (70 ), has failed to find the mark consistently in 2021, without goals in three of his last four games.
This may be the darkest period in the history of the club, which is playing in its fifth MLS season, but there were some good signs that the coach Gabriel Heinze You can downplay your team’s performance in their last game against Nashville.
Despite having much less possession than they are used to (51%), they were able to score on their only two shots on goal even though they were down to 10 men in the second half, earning a point against a team in Nashville than before. of that game he had never given up an advantage in the second half.
As they are aiming for their first victory since May 15, perhaps they should adopt the motto less is more moving forward.
Last Thursday, they had the least amount of possession they have ever had in a game this season, and it was only the fourth time all year that the Five Stripes had less than 60% of the ball, and yet they were so clinicians to the front. on goal as we’ve seen in quite some time, finding the back of the net twice despite having only six shot attempts in total.
After weeks of smooth sailing, winning five in a row and in a comfortable position in the Eastern Conference, the New England Revolution have hit a wall, winless in their last three games.
What appears to be the most disconcerting of their current slide are the opponents they have lost to, falling 2-1 to FC Dallas, which is ranked 12th in the Western Conference, and losing a 3-2 decision to Toronto FC. last in MLS.
Heading into his match this weekend, Bruce Arena and his team has had 10 days to try to fix what went wrong in their last three games.
The three-time MLS Coach of the Year has criticized his team for giving away points, having wasted four in winning positions this season, but they have also struggled, as mentioned, against some of the teams at the bottom of the standings, losing two of their positions. three games this year against non-playoff teams.
The silver lining amid all the dropped points is that this team is still atop the Eastern Conference standings, with a three-point cushion over Orlando City SC, which will have a game in hand.
Championship teams have to show they can handle big challenges, and the Revswill have some big ones coming up, playing six games in 23 days, starting in Atlanta on Saturday.
Atlanta midfielder Emerson hyndman still struggling with a torn cruciate ligament, while the midfielder Mo Adams suffered a left quadriceps injury against Nashville and will be missing for the next two to three months, while the defender Alex DeJohn suffered a fracture in his left elbow and will be evaluated weekly.
The Five Stripes are missing three players on international service in the Gold Cup, including the starting goalkeeper. Brad Guzan, more defenders George Bello Y Miles Robinson, all representing the United States.
Midfielder Jake mulraney is eligible to play this weekend despite his red card in his game against Nashville after his suspension was overturned by an Independent Review Panel, while the central midfielder Love sejdic could play for the Five Stripes after being acquired in a trade with CF Montreal last week.
Luis Caicedo is not expected to play due to a leg injury, while Teal bunbury he made just his third start of the season for New England in his previous game.
The Revswill be left without a forward Tajon buchanan, who is with Canada for the Gold Cup, while the goalkeeper Matt turner collected a clean sheet for the United States in his first game in that competition.
Gustavo Bou has one goal in each of their last five games, leading the team with six so far, just one ahead of Adam Buksa, who scored his first goal in his last five games in a losing effort against TFC.
Possible starting lineup for Atlanta United:
Kann; Hernández, Walkes, Ambrose, Lennon; Bland; López, Wolff; Conway, Chol, Torres
Possible starting lineup for the New England Revolution:
Knighton; Goodbye, Farrell, Kessler, Bell; Boateng, Gil, Polster, Maciel; Buksa, Bou
Correct Score: Atlanta United 2-1 New England Revolution
Atlanta showed a lot of stamina in its last game and it should be helped with over 40,000 fans screaming to cheer them on against a team that is also struggling right now.
New England has lost in its four visits to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in addition to missing its starting goalkeeper and plenty of speed in Buchanan, while also struggling defensively, allowing 10 goals in its last five games.
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