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Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC | 2017 MLS Match Preview

Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC
2017 MLS Regular Season - Week 28
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
Saturday, September 16 – 3:55 pm ET
WATCH: Univision, Facebook Live in USA; MLS LIVE in Canada

The largest crowd in MLS history, a heated rivalry, a nationally televised match in a state-of-the-art stadium and massive Eastern Conference playoff stakes: Those are just some of the top-line talking points surrounding Saturday's Atlanta vs. Orlando clash.

Atlanta United (12W-8L-6D, 42pts), who are aiming to continue to climb the Eastern Conference, will be playing their third of six straight matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and they're already off to a great start. ATLUTD recorded shutout wins in their first two matches, outscoring opponents 10-0, including Wednesday's 7-0 throttling of New England.

That rout of the Revs saw Atlanta forward Josef Martinez net a hat trick that sees him move within six goals of the league lead. But if Orlando City (9W-12L-7D, 34pts) are in the dire position they're in (seven points from the playoff zone), they have Atlanta's Tito Villalba to blame in part. His goals in July cost Orlando a win and a tie in two matches that would mushroom into an eight-game winless run that may ultimately cost them the postseason.

Atlanta United FC

  • Suspended: DF Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (yellow card accumulation)
  • Suspended after next caution: MF Jeff Larentowicz
  • International Duty: None
  • On Loan: GK Alec Kann (Charleston Battery), FW Romario Williams (Charleston Battery)
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE -- DF Greg Garza (left hamstring injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Brad Guzan — Tyrone Mears, Michael Parkhurst, Anton Walkes, Chris McCann — Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona — Hector "Tito" Villalba, Miguel Almiron, Yamil Asad — Josef Martinez

Orlando City SC

  • Suspended: MF Kaka (yellow card accumulation), DF Seb Hines (red card suspension), MF Servando Carrasco (red card suspension), Jose Aja (yellow card accumulation), Will Johnson (league suspension)
  • Suspended after next caution: MF Will Johnson
  • International Duty: None
  • On Loan: DF Conor Donovan (Orlando City B), MF Devron Garcia (Orlando City B)
  • Injury Report: OUT – GK Josh Saunders (neck injury), MF Richie Laryea (hamstring injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-4-2, right to left)
GK: Joe Bendik — Scott Sutter, Tommy Redding, Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia — Cristian Higuita (or Dillon Powers), Antonio Nocerino, Giles Barnes, Yoshimar Yotun — Cyle Larin, Dom Dwyer

All-Time Series

Atlanta and Orlando have met twice this season with both previous matches coming in the span of eight days: July 21 (1-0 Atlanta win in Orlando) and July 29 (a 1-1 draw in Atlanta).

  • Overall: Atlanta 1W-0L-1D (2 GF, 1 GA) … Orlando 0W-1L-1D (1 GF, 2 GA)
  • At ATL: Atlanta 0W-0L-1D (1 GF, 1 GA) … Orlando 0W-0L-1D (1 GF, 1 GA)

Officials

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Edvin Jurisevic

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Previous Meetings

Current Form

Atlanta
D
D
L
D
W
W
Orlando
L
L
D
L
L
W

Season Stats

Atlanta United FCOrlando City SC
26Games Played28
12Wins9
8Losses12
6Draws7
54Goals29
32Goals Conceded44
260Shots260
137Shots on Target113
331Fouls committed362
310Fouls suffered400
55Offside42
130Corners144

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
ATL311345542.1
ORL812710291
01234+Avg
ATL040342.9
ORL355101.3
01234+Avg
ATL373111.5
ORL572000.8

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
ATL79730321.2
ORL610543441.6
01234+Avg
ATL442101
ORL542301.2
01234+Avg
ATL355201.4
ORL163131.9
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