Atlanta United FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes Match Guide
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Where: Mercedes Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA
Watch and Listen: Univision, 92.9 FM
San Jose Earthquakes Preview:
This team has had two forms, one being unbeatable at home and another being in complete shambles on the road. They have lost their three past road games and only scoring three goals in their past five games. Their two wins in their past 5 games have both come at home. They are tied for 6th place currently and fighting for their playoff hopes this year. They have only a +3-goal differential, yet they are top 10 in goals scored, so they give up goals, but they are very capable of scoring. Their road form is very poor only scoring 3 goals in their last 5 road games. The formation we are most likely to see is a 4-2-3-1 and they have some star attacking power that can really cause problems for defenses.
That star attacking power comes in the form of former USMNT Striker Chris Wondolowski. He holds the record for the most goals in the MLS with 158 and is still scoring with 14 goals this season. He is a very experienced player and may give the young back line of Atlanta some trouble. Then there is there creative winger Christian Espinoza who leads the team in assists with 12 in 27 games. He is their creative outlet and has great dribbling ability to beat the defender one on one. These two players will be the ones to watch for Atlanta as they both can create havoc on many defenses and have proven it all year. The last time these players played against Atlanta it was a goal fest in San Jose which the Earthquakes narrowly lost 4-3.
Atlanta United FC Preview:
Hopefully the United team we saw on Wednesday is the one that is here to stay. The goals took a while to come but they broke through the wall with some great transition play. They are now one point behind second place and six out of 1st, but they have a head to head match up with 1st place NYCFC coming up. There is still a chance for this team to win out and take the 1st seed. I would expect the same formation with a 3-4-2-1 which sometimes will look like a 5-3-2, but I would expect Remedi to again play that role sitting in front of the defensive front. Though Atlanta suffered a loss last time at home, that should just be a blip on the radar and they should go back to their home winning ways. This team still has the third best goal differential and now has 14 clean sheets (0 goals allowed), which is one of the best in the MLS.
As always Josef is the player that teams need to watch out for going for his 16th,yes you read that correctly, 16th straight MLS game with a goal. Yet I would like to feature two other players that have really helped this squad without much public ovation. The first is Eric Remedi, who is just an absolute engine in the midfield. He plays his role perfectly by just sitting in front of the defense and stopping the first line of attackers. He is extremely aggressive and very quick to react to the ball movement. The other player that has really caught my eye is Justin Meram. He has really made the the left side his own and has proved to be a real attacking threat. He is quick to see a run and not afraid to go one on one with a defender. I would keep an eye on him in this game looking to make the attacking plays for the 5 Stripes.
Prediction: Atlanta 3 – San Jose 1 – Josef continues his scoring ways and accompanied by Pity they break the game open as Wondolowski tries to draw them back into the game.