Longshore: How much Almiron plays depends on his fitness and match situation

Dukes & Bell
November 09, 2018 - 2:57 pm

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Atlanta United color analyst Jason Longshore joined Dukes & Bell Friday and talked about how he expects manager Tata Martino to use Miguel Almiron.

“I think it depends, honestly, on where his fitness is and how this match starts out," said Longshore. "I think you’re going to try to get the most out of him and it’s based on the unpredictability of the match. You have to get the most out of him you can, you can’t hold him off let NYCFC get a goal early and then throw him in. You just can’t do that.”

Longshore talked to the guys about how good the Five Stripes have been on set pieces.

“I think the set pieces have improved a lot this season," said Longshore. "Escobar has helped this, they’re a smaller team who wants players that can’t play with their foot on the ball. Escobar is a taller player that can get up in the air, this is a much better team on set pieces than they were last year.”

When asked about Atlanta United’s defense this season...

“Defensively, I love what Atlanta started doing midway thru this season," said Longshore. "Josef plays a free role on corner kicks, and if he gets up first he’s going to win a header so teams had to start going to the back post which is a lesser percentage play, he’s been so good defensively on corner kicks.”