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Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC | 2018 MLS Match Preview

Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 23

Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta
August 4 - 4 pm ET

WATCH: ESPN, TSN4

The current MLS Supporters’ Shield leaders will host last year’s runaway winners when Atlanta United meet Toronto FC Saturday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Five Stripes have lost just once in their last 11 games and have a four-point cushion atop the league table, while Toronto have won back-to-back games for the first time this season and the now-healthy Reds appear to be on a climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

Each of the first two meetings between Atlanta and Toronto have ended in 2-2 draws.

Atlanta United

Atlanta (14-4-5) halted the Montreal Impact’s strong run of form at Stade Saputo, winning 2-1 last Saturday night.

Josef Martinez continued his torrid scoring pace, netting a brace to increase his total to a remarkable 24 goals in 23 games. That moves him within three goals of the MLS regular-season record held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips, as Atlanta extended their unbeaten streak to four games.

“There’s nothing else to do when a player performs like that,” Tata Martino said of Martinez. “We just hope it lasts the entire season. When a goal scorer is performing at such a high level, you just have to let him be.”

  • Suspended: D - Franco Escobar
  • Suspended after next caution: D - Michael Parkhurst, F - Romario Williams
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Greg Garza (shoulder surgery), M - Darlington Nagbe (right adductor injury), D - Sal Zizzo (right knee injury), D - Mikey Ambrose (right knee injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Brad Guzan — Miles Robinson, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Chris McCann — Julian Gressel, Jeff Larentowicz — Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron, Ezequiel Barco — Josef Martinez

  • Notes: Martínez needs just four goals to set the new MLS record for most goals in a single season. He has one goal in one appearance against Toronto. … Atlanta United have lost just once in their last 11 MLS matches (6W-4D), conceding multiple goals just once.

Toronto FC

Toronto FC (6-11-4) made it consecutive league wins over the Chicago Fire and four victories in a row in all competitions when they defeated the Fire, 3-0, at BMO Field Saturday night.

Jozy Altidore opened the scoring on a rebound, his first league goal since bagging a brace in a 3-1 home win over Real Salt Lake in March. Twenty minutes later, the in-form Jonathan Osorio made it 2-0 and Sebastian Giovinco clinched the win with a deflected strike one minute from full time.

“[The game against Atlanta] comes at a good time. We’re trending in the right direction, had our best half I think of probably the season in-league in the second half last game,” Greg Vanney said. “I thought our rhythm came back, some of the swagger that we know of our group started to arrive again.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Drew Moor (quadricep strain), D - Auro (hamstring strain)

Projected Starting XI
(3-1-4-2, right to left)
GK: Alex Bono — Gregory van der Wiel, Eriq Zavaleta, Chis Mavinga — Michael Bradley — Ashtone Morgan, Victor Vazquez, Jonathan Osorio, Justin Morrow — Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

  • Notes: Giovinco has 10 goals+assists since the start of June. He had six in the first three months of the MLS season. … Toronto have lost one of their last four MLS games (2W-1D) after dropping three straight matches. They have won consecutive league game for the first time since last Sept.-Oct.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Atlanta United 0 wins, 4 goals … Toronto FC 0 wins, 4 goals … 2 draws
  • At Atlanta: Atlanta United 0 wins, 2 goals … Toronto FC 0 wins, 2 goals … 1 draw
  • Last meeting at Atlanta: Atlanta United 2, Toronto FC 2 (Oct. 22, 2017)

Officials

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Cameron Blanchard
4th Official: Marcos DeOliveira
VAR: Guido Gonzales

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Previous Meetings

Current Form

Atlanta
Toronto FC

Season Stats

Atlanta United FCToronto FC
23Games Played21
14Wins6
4Losses11
5Draws4
48Goals35
26Goals Conceded39
273Shots243
137Shots on Target117
234Fouls committed175
257Fouls suffered226
49Offside41
108Corners109

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
ATL26834482.1
TOR54651351.7
01234+Avg
ATL131342.6
TOR312311.8
01234+Avg
ATL137001.5
TOR234201.5

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
ATL612221261.1
TOR36723391.9
01234+Avg
ATL272101.2
TOR243011.4
01234+Avg
ATL450111.1
TOR124222.3
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