Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union

Atlanta United returns to MLS action on Sunday as the club hosts Philadelphia Union at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The match, presented by NCR, is scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m. EST and will be televised on FOX Sports South. 

Atlanta is 3-0-1 all-time against Philadelphia and has outscored the Union 10-3 combined in four matches. Atlanta is 2-0-0 against the Union at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and won both meetings in 2018: 3-1 at home and 2-0 at Philadelphia.

Atlanta is coming off a 1-0 win against CF Monterrey Wednesday in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, however, Monterrey won the series 3-1 on aggregate to eliminate Atlanta from the competition. Josef Martinez scored his third goal of the tournament and Atlanta became the first team to beat Monterrey in 2019 as Rayados were previously unbeaten in Liga MX and SCCL play. In MLS, Atlanta drew FC Cincinnati 1-1 on March 10 in the club’s MLS home opener. Josef Martinez ran onto a Julian Gressel pass and scored in the fifth minute, tallying his 55th goal in 61 regular and post-season MLS appearances. Roland Lamah found the equalizer in the 86th minute, as new addition Kenny Saief split the Atlanta backline with a through ball to put Lamah in on goal.

Philadelphia fell to Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on the road March 10. Sporting KC capitalized on a first-half penalty kick from Ilie Sanchez and a Philadelphia own goal in the 80th minute, while SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia stopped a Marco Fabian penalty. Fabian will be suspended for this match after getting sent off against Sporting KC.

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, March 17 | Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA|7 p.m. (EST)

Atlanta United (0-1-1, 1 point) vs. Philadelphia Union (0-2-0, 0 points)

 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

English TV | FOX Sports South

Spanish Radio | La Mejor 1600 AM

English Radio | 92-9 The Game

Pre-match coverage:

6 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)

6:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)

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