Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC

Atlanta United returns to action Sunday against EasternConference opponent Toronto FC for the second meeting between the two clubs. Both teams have clinched a berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, and Atlanta sits in fourth in the East standings while Toronto has locked up first place in the East. Atlanta will break its own record for the highest-attended single-match in MLS history with more than 70,000 fans as well as the record for total attendance in a season currently held by the 2015 Seattle Sounders. The match, which is presented by AT&T, is scheduled to kick-off at 4 p.m. EST and will be televised on FOX Sports South.

Atlanta fought to a 0-0 draw against New York Red Bulls on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Red Bull Arena. Brad Guzan made three saves to preserve his fifth consecutive clean sheet with Atlanta. Guzan hasn’t allowed a goal in 482 minutes, which is now the 10th longest streak in MLS history. Atlanta had arguably its best chance to score in the sixth minute. Tito Villalba lofted a cross for Yamil Asad, who headed it on goal, but was denied by a diving save from Luis Robles. In the second half, Atlanta again opened with a good scoring chance with Villalba breaking free on goal, but his attempt deflected off defender Aaron Long and into Robles’ chest. Defensively, Atlanta posted its fifth shutout over the last six matches and the club’s seventh over the last nine.

Toronto handed Canadian rival Montreal Impact a 1-0 defeat at BMO Field on Sunday, Oct. 15. Jozy Altidore netted the lone goal in the 16th minute when he buried a loose ball inside the penalty area. Sebastian Giovinco missed from the penalty spot while both sides created a number of big chances, but Altidore’s goal proved to be the difference.

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, Oct. 22|Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia| 4 p.m. (EST)

Atlanta United (15-9-9, 54 points) vs. Toronto FC (20-5-8, 68 points)

 

TV: FOX Sports South

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

 

English Radio: WAOK 1380 AM

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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