What's wrong with United's defense?

Dukes & Bell
July 10, 2019 - 5:30 pm

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It was time for the five stripes preview on Dukes & Bell with Voice of the Atlanta United Mike Conti.

Mike talked about what the team might expect to see tonight against St. Louis.

“I think Atlanta United played pretty well against the Red Bulls, closing out the match certainly.” Conti said “I don’t know a lot about them, the one thing strategically they will be able to do is be very very defensive, maybe play two lines across the back made Atlanta United break their defense down and hang on to penalty kicks.”

Conti said the tonight will be the debut for Emerson Hyndman.

 “The one thing we do know is Emerson Hyndman is going to play.” Conti said “He will be somewhere in the midfield, I think you can expect Larentowicz somewhere, with Pogba’s injury it might be at center back, I think Brandon Vazquez will play over Josef Martinez because he’s been good in US open cup matches and you get to give Josef a rest tonight.”

When asked what’s wrong with the defense.

 “They haven’t defended well at all over the last two weeks.” Conti said “Your defending has not been very good, in fairness they have not been able to roll out their first choice of lineup on the back line with injuries. They’ve had to make a substitution in their first 20 minutes in two straight matches on the back line, so I want to see them with their guys, the guys they wanted to have starting the season on the backline defending.”