Red Bulls Present Early Challenge For United

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
July 10, 2020 - 2:36 pm

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Atlanta United will see their first action of the MLS is Back Tournament when they match up against NY Red Bulls on Saturday in Orlando. It's the team's first game since the coronavirus outbreak shut down the season.

The 5 Stripes will be without striker Josef Martinez who tore his ACL in the first game of the season against Nashville SC. Without him, United faces an early challenge in a defensive Red Bulls team.

"Playing Red Bulls is like going to the dentist," Atlanta United radio voice Mike Conti said. "Everything is painful and difficult and long and, you know, tough."

"We're going to see a big, big challenge for Atlanta United without Josef Martinez trying to play through that defensive-pressing style of Red Bulls."

And for Conti, the biggest question is what do they do with the number nine. Is it Matheus Rossetto? Could it be both Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco?

"Atlanta United has a lot of guys who can score but they don't have a Josef. I'm going to be very, very curious to see the lineup tomorrow night to see tactically what the formation will look like and what the ideais, what the concept is, in addressing that loss of Josef Martinez."