Atlanta United FC will face Herediano of Costa Rica in the second leg of the Concacaf Tournament of Champions. Atlanta United needs to win 2-nil or by three or more goals in order to have a chance to advance to the next round. Here is how you can follow the action.
Venue: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw State University
Atlanta United FC will host Costa Rican champions Herediano in the second leg of the opening round on the campus of Kennesaw State University. The match is unable be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium due to the recent monster truck rally. This is not ideal for the Five Stripes, as the pitch will not play as fast as Atlanta is accustomed to at home.
The match will kick off at 8pm eastern standard time.
Television: Univision Deportes
Unfortunately there is not a television broadcast in English, but the match can be watched on Univision Deportes in Spanish. Check your local provider’s listing for channel numbers.
Streaming: Fubo TV
You can stream the Atlanta United FC match via Fubo TV. Click this link to sign up for a free trial of the service.
Radio: 92.9 The Game
You can listen to the match on 92.9 The Game, the official station of Atlanta United FC Soccer, here in the metro Atlanta area and beyond.
Atlanta United FC returns home with a huge task. In order to advance to the next round, they must win by a score of 2-nil or by three plus goals. That’s a tough assessment for a team that is just beginning its season and attempting to adjust new coach Frank De Boer. It’s easy to see why no MLS team has won Concacaf. The timing of the tournament is less than ideal for the MLS Champions. They are coming off an offseason with changes, facing many teams that are in mid-season form.
The Five Stripes are also trying to acclimate to playing without MLS MVP runner-up Miguel Almiron. His replacement Gonzo “Pity” Martinez getting comfortable, will be key to Atlanta winning this match. George Bellows the 17-year-old phenom defender, is suffering from and injury and is unlikely to play. Brek Shea is expected to take his spot in the starting lineup. Defender Darlington Nagbe is also expected to see more time. He provided a good spark for the club in leg one.
Ezequiel Barco who struggled with rough play in game one, must play faster and not worry about rather he gets calls or not. He spent too much time in the first match looking for a call. Most importantly Atlanta United FC must get leading scorer Josef Martinez in the scoring column. He barely missed a goal in the first leg, his shot sailing left of the crossbar.
Even though the task is tall, Atlanta United FC is a different team at home. Being back on American soil should relax the club, as Costa Rica is a hostile soccer environment. I predict that Josef Martinez will score two goals, with one being assisted by Pity Martinez. The Five Stripes will rise to the occasion and move on to the next round.