Longshore: 'Atlanta will have to break Philadelphia down'

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
March 14, 2019 - 9:48 am
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Atlanta United squeeked out a 1-0 win vs Monterray on Wednesday and, while they got eliminated from the CONCACAF, they were able to build some momentum headed into their match against Philadelphia on Sunday.

United radio analyst Jason Longshore joined John & Hugh to discuss Leg 2 of the quarterfinal match against Rayados and the spark of Atlanta's new offense.

“Monterrey is a team that hadn’t lost in 2019,” he said. “They’d lost twice since last August. This is a top team."

"It was the first time in a long time that Atlanta United was an underdog. The biggest thing for me compared to Sunday was the movement off the ball, and that was throughout the match. You had the team playing at different speeds. It was a much better performance from minute one to minute 90 last night.” 

Longshore thought the reaction of Five Stripes fans after a 1-1 draw against expansion FC Cincinnati on Sunday left an impression in the minds of Atlanta United players. It was something the players didn’t want to see or hear again. 

Looking ahead to Sunday’s match, Longshore feels Philadelphia will be hungry for a win, but United should feel more comfortable now. 

“Philadelphia is an opponent that has created a lot of chances this year, but they aren’t finishing their chances. They only have one goal.  They’re missing one of their top players due to red card suspension. I think they will come in and play very defensive and Atlanta’s going to have to break them down.”​