Preview: Atlanta United vs. Orlando City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Major League Soccer clash between Atlanta United and Orlando City, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

atlanta united they are back in the MLS playoff picture, three points behind the final spot as hosts orlando city on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Five Stripes ended a four-game winless streak on Wednesday, beating Real Salt Lake 2-1, while the Lions are fifth in the Eastern Conference, tying the Colorado Rapids 1-1 at midweek.

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A highly publicized tirade from one of Atlanta’s most prized possessions seemed to light a fire for this team at home against RSL, scoring twice in the first half and holding on to claim three big points.

Jose Martinez He usually talks on the field but after the loss at home against Austin FC (3-0) last Saturday, the Venezuelan striker vented his frustrations in full view of everyone.

Among other things, he said that some players don’t appreciate the Atlanta United jersey, while suggesting that some people don’t try hard enough in training.

Whether or not it was that public criticism that provoked them, Gonzalo Pineda‘s men put in a much better effort across the board on Wednesday, shooting seven shots on goal with 86% passing accuracy and stringing together more than 500 passes in the 90 minutes.

It’s not uncommon to see their team respond to challenges or criticism from time to time, but the struggles with this team go far beyond that, with consistency hounding them throughout the season, failing to win back-to-back league games. so far in 2022.

Technically, they are used to having most of the possession and stringing together passes all over the pitch, although they have made poor decisions in the attacking third, meaning all that accumulated play has gone to waste.

They scored in the first half this week for the first time since June 19, and are now a perfect 3-0 on the season when leading at interval.

Orlando City forward Ercan Kara (9) celebrates with Orlando City forward Alexandre Pato (7) after an assist goal in the second half against the Chicago Fire at Orlando City Stadium on April 9, 2022©Reuters

While it rarely looks so technically impressive, Oscar Couple and his team continue to reap results, which have kept them in a playoff position.

In the high altitude of Colorado, we saw two sides from the Lions, one where they created a decent number of scoring opportunities, with good movement in the first half.

However, in the second half, they seemed faltering and overwhelmed by a Rapids team that pushed hard, while advancing in numbers.

Regardless of how well or poorly they are playing, Orlando frequently does a good job of keeping their games close and making their opponents win it all, as 13 of their 20 games this season have been decided by one goal or less.

If you look at their stats, they seem to lack the presence of a solid chance-maker and someone with a soft finishing touch, scoring the fourth-fewest goals (25) in the Eastern Conference.

This team saw many outstanding individual difference makers depart last year, and replacing those X-factors hasn’t been easy.

Their slow, grueling style of football is unlikely to win over many neutral fans, but they’ve managed to adapt to a different style, geared towards receiving contributions from all over the field in order to succeed.

Atlanta United Major League Soccer form:

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Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda on the bench against CF Montréal during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on March 19, 2022©Reuters

Martinez seems to relish the opportunity to face Orlando, as he has burned them in previous encounters, scoring eight goals against them in his Five Stripes career, albeit a brace of ronaldo cisneros that helped Atlanta capture a 2-1 midweek victory as it now leads them with six on the season.

Thiago Almada Y matthew rossetto helped keep those goals from happening, with Almada now leading the team in assists with his fourth of the year, one more than Martinez and Marcelino Moreno.

osvaldo alonso is out with an ACL problem, while Dylan Castanheira, Brad Guzan Y miles robinson everyone is made for the season with Achilles injuries.

brooks-lennon Y ronald hernandez stay out long-term with MCL sprains, while Emerson Hyndmann Y Andrew Gutman He has quad injuries.

facundo towers scored his fifth goal of the season for Orlando this week, and Alexander Duck scored his fourth assist while dragging Mauricio Pereira by two for the team leader.

ercan kara has seven domestic goals to pave the way for them, while anthony carlosduck and Tesho Akindele were inserted into the starting 11 against the Burgundy Boys replacing Rodrigo SchlegelKara and Pereira.

Goalie Javier Otero was eligible for selection for the first time since signing with the Orlando City B Lions in MLS NEXT Pro, while bricklayer stajduhar has a jaw injury, Joao Moutinho listed as questionable due to a problem in his lower right leg, as does adam grinwis who suffers from a problem in his right upper extremity.

Atlanta United possible starting lineup:
Rios Novo; From John, Frank, Campbell; Rossetto, Sejdic; Sosa, Moreno, L. Araujo; Martinez, Cisneros

Potential Orlando City starting lineup:
Welsh; Smith, Jansson, Schlegel, Rouen; Perea, C. Araujo, Urso, Torres; duck; Akindele

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We Say: Atlanta United 1-1 Orlando City

In general, Atlanta has more quality than Orlando, but the Lions have done well to neutralize opposing attacks, so we expect them to show discipline and structure against an aggressive Five Stripes team, which has not shown that it can maintain the consistency of a party to another. .

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