Welcome to your match thread for today’s match-up between Orlando City (8-8-5, 29 points) and Atlanta United (10-7-3, 33 points) in Bobby Dodd Stadium’s MLS finale. It’s the second of three scheduled meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals this season and the first ever meeting in Atlanta.
The two sides are separated by four points in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference standings after last week’s horrifying late 1-0 loss at home for Orlando. The Lions improved upon their pre-Gold Cup break form but only an MLS Goal of the Week by Hector Villalba found the net last week.
But let’s not dwell on things that suck.
Atlanta has won its last four matches and is 6-2-0 at home in 2017. Orlando City is just 2-5-2 on the road but the Lions did win their most recent away game at Real Salt Lake at the end of June. If Orlando is going to collect a win against every team in MLS — and there are a few trophies that have escaped thus far — at some point it’ll need to beat the Georgia team. What better way to do it than to crap on their final game at Bobby Dodd?
Orlando City right back Rafael Ramos (hamstring) and PC is recovering from an adductor injury. However, the Lions got some offensive help Tuesday with the signing of Dom Dwyer. It’ll be interesting to see if he starts on the bench or on the field after only a couple of days training with the team. Atlanta United will be without Josef Martinez (foot), forwards Jacob Peterson (lower leg injury) and Kenwyne Jones (knee inflammation) and goalkeeper Alec Kann (left quad injury).
Here's your mandatory match content for tonight:
- Gavin Ewbank has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about the Five Stripes from Haris Kruskic from SB Nation’s Atlanta United blog, Dirty South Soccer.
- This week's PawedCast includes our key match-ups and more predictions, plus we brought back Eric Quintana from the Mouths of the South podcast and spoke with Cody Bradley of The Blue Testament to get the SKC side of the Dom Dwyer deal.
Orlando City (4-4-2)
I feel like only a couple of days of training might not get Dom the start. My gut tells me there’s about a 60% chance he begins on the bench and comes in during the second half. Disclaimer: my gut is sometimes an idiot.
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Scott Sutter, Jose Aja, Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia.
Midfielders: Kaká, Antonio Nocerino, Cristian Higuita, Will Johnson.
Forwards: Cyle Larin, Dom Dwyer.
Bench: Josh Saunders, Tommy Redding, Servando Carrasco, Luis Gil, Richie Laryea, Giles Barnes, Carlos Rivas.
Atlanta United (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan.
Defenders: Greg Garza, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Michael Parkhurst, Anton Walkes.
Defensive Midfielders: Carlos Carmona, Jeff Larentowicz.
Attacking Midfielders: Yamil Asad, Miguel Almiron, Julian Gressel.
Forwards: Hector Villalba.
Bench: Kyle Reynish, Mikey Ambrose, Tyrone Mears, Chris McCann, Brandon Vazquez, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Kevin Kratz.
Ref: Allen Chapman.
AR1: Kyle Atkins.
AR2: Peter Balciunas.
4th: Mark Kadlecik.
How to Watch
Match Time: 4:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium — Atlanta, GA.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Nueva 990 (Spanish).
Streaming: FOX Sports GO.
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