Respecting the Opponent
That said, Tata Martino’s Atlanta won 10 of their 17 road games in 2018, tied for the third-best record in an MLS season ever.
Although they did slip to defeats in their last two trips away from the Mercedes Benz Stadium in the Regular Season by a combined 6-1 scoreline, their bye past the Knockout Round had already been assured by that stage.
In Josef Martinez, they have a striker who broke the MLS scoring record set by Roy Lassiter in 1996 and in Miguel Almiron they have one of the most explosive players in the league... just two of the many weapons Dome will be preparing his players to face up against.
There are mouthwatering duels all over the field in one of the most intriguing head-to-heads that MLS can serve up and we get treated to 180 minutes of it over the next week.