Biggest Challenge For United In Season Restart

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
July 08, 2020 - 2:35 pm

Major League Soccer officially restarts tonight after the season was shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak back in March. 

Orlando City will kick off the season against Inter Miami at 8:00pm ET in the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando. The league cancelled a second match that was supposed to follow between Nashville SC and Chicago Fire after multiple players tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Atlanta United will hit the pitch on Saturday against the NY Red Bulls at 8:00pm ET.

The 5 Stripes will still face adversity with the loss of striker Josef Martinez who tore his ACL in the first match of the year.

However, that may not be the biggest challenge United faces in this tournament. According to Jason Longshore, the biggest hurdle will be the mental side.

"You can't replicate the intensity of a match in training, and you can't replicate what a match is like in these conditions without fans in the stands," Longshore told Andy and Randy of 92.9 The Game.

"It's very different, and it's going to take a lot of focus...Players being locked in mentally from the opening whistle, that's going to be a big challenge here because this is a different kind of match than they've ever face."