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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

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Atlanta
Orlando

Season Goal Leaders

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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