Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. Minnesota United

Atlanta United returns to action Tuesday night against fellow 2017 MLS expansion side Minnesota United for the second meeting between the two clubs. Atlanta sits in third in the East standings and has clinched a playoff berth while Minnesota is ninth in the West, 10 points below the playoff line. The match, which is presented by Publix, is scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m. EST and will be televised on FOX Sports South.

Atlanta United played to a 0-0 draw against New England Revolution in front of 21,925 fans at Gillette Stadium Saturday night. Atlanta’s biggest opportunities came early in the first half in the form of a Tito Villalba header in the 14th minute that drifted just wide of the post, and a shot by Josef Martinez in the 18th minute which bounced off New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton but was secured just before Villalba raced onto the loose ball. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan delivered a man-of-the-match performance with his fourth-consecutive clean sheet, his seventh this season, while supplying five saves to match his season-high.

Minnesota United lost 2-1 against Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium Saturday night. After a scoreless first half, Houston broke through in the 69th minute when Vicente Sanchez sent a cross into the box from the left side. Alberth Elis outjumped two Minnesota defenders inside the 6-yard box to head the ball into the back of the net. The Dynamo doubled the lead in the 85th minute when Romell Quioto headed in a corner kick from Sanchez at the near post. Sam Nicholson pulled one back for the Loons in stoppage time with a curling shot from outside of the box to set the final score at 2-1.

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Tuesday, Oct. 3| Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia| 7 p.m. (EST)

Atlanta United (15-8-8, 53 points) vs. Minnesota United (9-16-5, 32 points)

 

TV: FOX Sports South

Talent: Alan Green (play-by-play), Dan Gargan (analyst) and Brittany Arnold (sideline reporter)

 

English Radio: 92.9

Talent: Adam Schick (play-by-play) and Jason Longshore (commentator)

 

Spanish Radio: La Mejor 1600 AM

Talent: Armando Carillo (play-by-play) and Daniel Cantu (commentator)

 

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