Atlanta United To Become Defensive Minded?

How will Frank de Boer adjust without Josef?

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
March 02, 2020 - 7:21 am
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 Atlanta United has a lot of questions to answer now that Josef is out with an ACL injury. It comes down to de Boer, Bocanegra, and Eales to figure out options to keep this team competitive.

While how to replace Josef is one question to answer, the other one is without Josef which style best suits the current roster.

John Fricke and Hugh Douglas feel that it's not likely to replace Josef's production so the team is going to have to win games differently.

"Atlanta United can lean on its defense," says John Frick. "Nothing is over yet."

When Miles Robinson and George Bello return you could have a 4-man back line of some combination of Franco Escobar, Miles Robinson, Fernando Meza, Anton Walkes, and George Bello. That's a pretty strong back line and considering you have one of the best goalies in the MLS in Brad Guzan behind them, a focus on defense could be the way that Atlanta United continues to win games without Josef.

It will be interesting to see how Frank de Boer plays things out, but don't be surprised if the offense slows down in favor of holding other teams scoreless.

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