Atlanta United vs. FC Dallas | 2020 MLS Match Preview
2020 MLS Regular Season – Week 13
Atlanta United vs. FC Dallas
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta
September 23 – 7:00 PM ET
STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US
LOCAL TV: FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest Plus
Atlanta United are looking to snap a six-match winless streak after a third consecutive defeat when they host surging FC Dallas Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta (3W-7L-2D) are coming off a second 2-1 defeat to Inter Miami in the last three games, while FC Dallas (5W-2L-4D) knocked off Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, for their third straight victory.
The teams have split a pair of matches in Atlanta, with FC Dallas winning 2-1 last April on goals by Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Acosta, while Josef Martinez buried a late penalty kick for the Five Stripes.
The worst run of results in Atlanta's short history continued Saturday night with another 2-1 loss to expansion side Inter Miami. It's now six games without a win, with four losses during that stretch. Argentine playmaker Marcelino Moreno is reportedly close to joining the club, but interim coach Stephen Glass said there's no immediate timetable for any incoming transfers. That means its up to the current group to pick themselves up and rebound.
“I think in the moments that mattered, we weren't good enough, and unfortunately, those moments came quickly and early in the game,” veteran Jeff Larentowicz after the match. “Everyone's obviously disappointed, this is something we're not used to, but we as a team have to rebound.”
“You have to be humble when you're winning and stand up when you're losing,” he added. “Right now, we’re in a tough stretch. We've lost a couple of games in a row. But the season's not going away. We’ve got to stand up because we’ve got another game in a couple of days. And as much as you want to not look at your mistakes and not think about the next game, because it's tough, you can't do it. You’ve got to fight your way out of it. You’ve got to play your way out of it. You can't back down at this point.”
FC Dallas are rolling. Following a decisive midweek win over the Colorado Rapids, Luchi Gonzalez's squad defeated Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, Saturday. Franco Jara struck for a brace and has five of his team's nine goals during its current three-game winning streak.
"I'm very proud of the group to defend each other and protect each other. You saw the emotions and the passion there. It was heated, but that's part of football sometimes," Gonzalez said after the match. "You can have all the tactics you want, but the energy you put out there and the response to protecting each other and sacrificing for each other is just as important. I felt that from the group and I'm really proud of them. We were hungry to get a third [win] in a row to continue the momentum."
Series Matchup at Atlanta United
- Atlanta United: 1 win, 4 goals
- FC Dallas: 1 win, 2 goals
- 0 draws