Know Your Enemy: Atlanta United FC

The Union head down to Atlanta to face off against the red and black in a mid-week showdown. It may have only been a month since the two sides met for the first time in each team's history, but get to know the expansion side a little better. 

Team: Atlanta United FC
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m. ET (CSN)
2017 Record: 14-8-7, 10-2-2 on the road, 3rd in Eastern Conference
All-time Record vs. Atlanta United FC: 0-0-1
Last Meeting: 2-2 Draw at Talen Energy Stadium, August 26, 2017
Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Brad Guzan - Chris McCann, Leandro González Pirez, Michael Parkhurst, Anton Walkes - Carlos Carmona, Jeff Larentowicz - Hector Villalba, Yamil Asad, Julian Gressel - Josef Martinez
Player to Watch: Josef Martinez

Much like the last meeting between these two clubs, Martinez serves as the engine in the Atlanta United FC offense. Martinez has been on a tear lately, with eight goals in his last five matches and 17 goals on the season as a whole, tying him for fourth-most in MLS. However, the Union were able to hold Martinez scoreless when the two squads met at the end of August. Jack Elliott was paired up against him for most of the match, using his positioning and height to make Martinez's night wholly uncomfortable. The Union will need more of that play from the Rookie of the Year candidate, especially in Atlanta, where Martinez has scored 14 of his 17 goals. 


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