Monte-xcellent at maintaining defensive shape

Give Monterrey credit, they kept Atlanta United to 1 aim in the ideal game that the group has played against group that wasn’t in 9th location in the Costa Rican domestic league. Rayados didn’t specifically bunker, but they surely didn’t want a lot to do with the ball. With 36.9% of possession the group was content to let Atlanta attempt to break them down even though they pushed forward and countered when they had the possibility. Atlanta looked much better but the Monterrey defense was terrific. Even when the 5 Stripes have been capable to muster an attack in transition the back 4 of the guests regained their shape swiftly and shut down passing and shooting lanes. They did what they required to do and sophisticated in the tournament along with the other remaining LigaMX teams.

Atlanta United Prekrap

That was much more like it, it wasn’t very it, but it was closer than it had been to getting it. If Atlanta United played like it did against Monterrey against Cincinnati they would not be the “the ideal group to ever win MLS Cup and then draw their house opener to an expansion group with Corben Bone on the roster,” they would have ground their bones into dust. Alas that didn’t occur, but it could on Sunday against Philadelphia. If the players have the similar power and motivation that they did on Wednesday, Atlanta need to be capable to turn the would be possibilities and passes that Monterrey’s defense intercepted into shots on target and objectives.

There have been developing pains for the 5 Stripes beneath Frank de Boer but, without having obtaining as well carried away, the group showed glimpses of what it may appear like if they can adopt his method. Ezequiel Barco can build and run at defenders by means of the midfield, he need to make life pretty challenging Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin if he does that once more Sunday. Pity Martinez was much better, and the shot he corked off from distance was great – 1 of these will locate the back of the net sometime this season and will win aim of the year, although he looked entirely gassed by the time he came off the field so possibly he will not commence. If Pity does not go, Tito Villalba might have an chance to run previous an complete group once more as Philly is nonetheless functioning out it is press. Mikey Ambrose held his personal at left back, which is much more than can ever be mentioned about Brek Shea this year, we will see who begins at left back and if his name is George Bello. Darlington Nagbe looked much more confident on the ball going forward into the attack and the interplay he had with Josef Martinez on his aim is specifically what the group requirements to do to exploit the “corridor of uncertainty.” Josef smashed house a roof shot – Andre Blake and the rest of the Union need to be worried.

At least Philly signed Bryce Harper

If Atlanta United has struggled soon after a compressed offseason and packed 3 weeks to commence 2019, the Philadelphia Union have been a mess. The group opened the year losing three-1 to Toronto FC, who began Nick DeLeon at proper wing and Jordan Hamilton at striker, generating Michael Bradley appear like Frank Lampard in the method. A excellent sign in that match was that fancy new designated player Marco Fabian scored a aim. He followed up that promising work with a red card final week in Kansas City and Philadelphia will be without having their attacking engine against Atlanta United.

Philly did make life challenging for SKC although, an early penalty place Sporting ahead and soon after Fabian’s red card in the 60th minute, the Union held sturdy till an personal aim by Jack Elliot in the 80th place a comeback out of attain. Nevertheless, till Fabian’s red card their press was productive at building transition possibilities and breaking up attacks from SKC. That press likely is not going anyplace against Atlanta United. The 5 Stripes have had a tough time in the previous against teams that do not give them time on the ball and if Atlanta’s tired brains and legs are not prepared for what the Union will bring, Philly will have a possibility in the game – if they can basically finish their scoring possibilities.

Going Galaxy Brain

Perhaps the excellent indicators have been a mirage and Monterrey did specifically what they wanted against Atlanta on Wednesday. If so, I have a new strategy for Atlanta United, it is primarily based on current news events:

This is possibly a corollary to the “Atlanta can be so negative it is good” thesis (I entirely know what I’m performing and planned this out weeks ago and am not faking it) – Atlanta United is wealthy sufficient in talent that they can just fake it against the Philadelphia Union. They couldn’t do it against Cincinnati, but this is the week – roll the ball out there and let the large income players kick it previous Andre Blake even though Alejandro Bedoya has an additional seven foul game. Who requirements techniques or a method or a manager who can implement it with exhausted players when you can just fake it?

Seriously, a person create a chant about it.

Sticking to reality

Atlanta has a actually excellent possibility to choose up their initially win in MLS on Sunday. The group had absolutely nothing to drop on Wednesday, played like it, and that self-confidence need to carry more than against the Union. With Marco Fabian out, the ideal creator for the guests will likely be Medunjanin, their ideal defensive midfielder. What ever lineup the Union place collectively, they will have a dilemma either in attacking or defensive midfield and Atlanta United need to be capable to exploit that by simply containing the Union attacks or tearing by means of the middle of the pitch. If Franco Escobar is capable to commence, and Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez has worked out his standard early season foibles, the backline will also get a increase. Atlanta need to be effectively motivated to get a win ahead of the international break and there’s each purpose to consider they’ll give the house fans purpose to really feel spoiled once more.