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Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union | 2017 MLS Match Preview

Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union
2017 MLS Regular Season - Week 30
Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Ga.
Wednesday, September 27- 7 pm ET

After losing playmaker Miguel Almiron on Sunday night to a hamstring injury for at least three weeks, others will need to step up if Atlanta United are to continue climbing up the Eastern Conference table. 

The Five Stripes proved capable of continuing wins this weekend, pulling out a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact, despite the 23-year-old Paraguayan's exit after only 17 minutes. 

In Philadelphia, they face a side that is all but eliminated from playoff contention. Still, the Union retain the potential to claim a big scalp, as they did in Saturday's 3-1 home win over the Chicago Fire.

Atlanta United

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - Miguel Almiron (hamstring injury, out 3-4 weeks, GK - Alec Kann (quad injury); QUESTIONABLE: D - Greg Garza (left hamstring injury) - REPORT

Projected Starting XI

(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Brad Guzan – Anton Walkes, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Chris McCann – Carlos Carmona, Jeff Larentowicz – Hector Villalba, Miguel Julian Gressel, Yamil Asad – Josef Martinez

Notes: Atlanta are unbeaten in their last 11 home games (9W-2D), outscoring opponents 35-9. Atlanta have shut out four of their last five visitors after having two shutouts in their first nine home games.

Philadelphia Union

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Ken Tribbett (left Achilles strain); QUESTIONABLE: M - Maurice Edu (left ankle/left tibia surgery recovery), F - Fabian Herbers (sports hernia surgery recovery), M - Ilsinho (left Achilles tendonitis), D - Aaron Jones (low abdominal strain), D - Joshua Yaro (right knee sprain)

Projected Starting XI

(4-2-3-1, left to right)
Andre Blake – Fabinho, Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott, Keegan Rosenberry – Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin – Chris Pontius, Ilsinho, Marcus Epps – CJ Sapong

Notes: The Union are winless in their last 10 road games (6L-4D). They have allowed 1.6 goals per game over that streak, with just one clean sheet.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Atlanta United 0 wins, 2 goals; Philadelphia Union 0 wins, 2 goals; 1 draw
  • In Atlanta: First meeting


To come....

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