Red-hot ATL UTD 2 to be tested with upcoming schedule

Jarrett Smith
April 20, 2018 - 10:38 pm
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Atlanta United 2 have had an impressive start to its life.

The club has yet to drop a match but they will be tested like never before in the next week when they welcome the defending USL champions and then welcome the Charleston Battery to town three days later.

For a club like Atlanta United 2, the roster will always be a bit of an adventure, with so many players that can bounce back and forth from the academy and even the first team to Gwinnett. At least for this stretch though, the club should have as many weapons as possible.

The elephant in the room will be Andrew Carleton, who it appears will play with the club this weekend instead of flying out to Los Angeles with the first team. Fans have not seen the homegrown product on the field for more than 20 minutes at a time so it is a fantastic opportunity for him to see extended playing time at a high level. Where he lines up and how he moves around the pitch will be a big talking point for possibly both games.

Other first team players such as Miles Robinson and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu may see time as well as they sharpen up their skills, while academy names like Kendall Edwards could continue to see time at a high level.

If you are looking for some high-level competition for the kids, then this would be the week for it, too.

Louisville ended the 2017 season with a USL cup on their home field and the best record in the Eastern Conference. Charleston finished second in the conference and were nothing short of unstoppable at certain points in the season.

Louisville has picked up where they left off, winning all four of their matches in 2018. They are a well-drilled side that has spent the last few years winning no matter who takes the field. Luke Spencer is a more-than-capable man up top and Oscar Jimenez has had a great start to the season and is more than capable of picking out the killing pass.

As far as Charleston is concerned, many Atlanta fans will be familiar with them after seeing them in the Carolina Challenge Cup in 2017 and 2018. The spear of Charleston’s attack in 2017 was Romario Williams, and while they have lost him along with defender and set piece weapon Forest Lasso, the Battery are still dangerous. They’ve had an up and down start to the season but Tah Brian Anunga is more than capable of entering your nightmares while Taylor Mueller is a veteran defender who can hold together the line.

Both sides will test Atlanta United 2’s ability to create scoring opportunities and more importantly put those opportunities away. Atlanta will not be lacking in talent as Carleton should be joined by Chris Goslin, Lagos Kunga, Yosef Sameul and Jon Gallagher among others. It will be a tough early test for the kids in Gwinnett, but these challenges will be vital in development.