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    Atlanta United


    First Place Atlanta United Look to Keep Solid Play
    Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United
    2018 MLS Regular Season – Week 16
    MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus
    June 13 – 7:30 pm ET
    WATCH: ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN (Canada)

    It’s another Eastern Conference ier clash with first-place Atlanta United heading to MAPFRE Stadium to meet a Columbus Crew SC side that is three points off the lead. This comes days after the United were able to take a result away from Yankee Stadium.

    Both teams come into the game off high-profile draws on Saturday. The Five Stripes were fortunate to come out of Yankee Stadium level with NYCFC, 1-1. The Crew SC settled for a 1-1 home draw with the New York Red Bulls.

    Atlanta won their two regular season meetings against Crew SC in 2017. They outscored them 5-1. The Crew beat Atlanta in the 2017 playoffs in a shootout win at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    Oddsmakers have the Crew favored -111 with the United at +254. The total is at 2.5 Over -154.


    Columbus Crew SC

    It’s now nine games without a loss for Columbus (7-3-6). It’s three consecutive draws instead of some wins as Crew SC played the Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw.

    If not for Luis Robles’ heroics, Crew SC should have had more than just a Gyasi Zardes goal, his 10th of the season in the 26th minute, from a dominant opening 45 minutes.

    The Red Bulls rallied after halftime and earned an Alex Muyl equalizer in the 57th minute.
    • Suspended: None
    • Suspended after next caution: D – Milton Valenzuela
    • International duty: None
    • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: D – Jonathan Mensah (left thigh injury)
    Projected Starting XI

    (4-2-3-1, right to left)

    GK: Zack Steffen — Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar, Milton Valenzuela — Wil Trapp, Artur — Cristian Martinez, Federico Higuain, Pedro Santos — Gyasi Zardes
    • Notes: Zardes is one of three players this season with at least 20 shots on target from inside the box with 20 in 16 games. He has never had more than 27 in a season. Columbus are unbeaten in their last nine league matches. They have conceded a grand total of seven goals in that time. They have won 11 of their last 16 home games in MLS play (1L-4D).




    Atlanta United

    Brad Guzan stood on his head, making nine saves to help Atlanta (9-3-3) earn a 1-1 draw with NYCFC. They became the first team this season to take a point from Yankee Stadium.

    The first half was an entertaining one, but scoreless. The Five Stripes jumped in front in the 48th minute on Josef Martinez’s league-leading 13th goal of the season.

    NYCFC went on the offensive and outshot Atlanta, 25-5 from that point. They leveled on an Alex Callens back-post header in the 77th minute and hitting three posts.
    • Suspended: None
    • Suspended after next caution: F – Romario Williams, D – Chris McCann, M – Miguel Almiron, M – Jeff Larentowicz
    • International duty: None
    • Injury Report: OUT: D – Greg Garza (shoulder surgery), D – Chris McCann (left lower extremity injury); QUESTIONABLE: F – Hector Villalba (right knee injury), M – Miguel Almiron (shoulder injury)
    Projected Starting XI

    (3-4-1-2, right to left)

    GK: Brad Guzan — Franco Escobar, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez — Julian Gressel, Darlington Nagbe, Jeff Larentowicz, Mikey Ambrose — Ezequiel Barco — Josef Martinez, Romario Williams
    • Notes: Martinez averages 1.01 xG per 90 this season. No other player averages more than 0.81 (min. 5 goals). The Five Stripes are unbeaten in their last five road games (4W-1D). They outscored opponents 8-3 in those matches.
    All-Time Series
    • Overall: Columbus Crew SC 0 wins, 1 goal … Atlanta United 2 wins, 5 goals … 0 draws
    • At Columbus: Crew SC 0 wins, 0 goals … Atlanta United 1 win, 2 goals … 0 draws
    • Last meeting at Columbus: Columbus Crew SC 0, Atlanta United 2 (July 1, 2017)
    Officials

    Referee: Ted Unkel
    Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, TJ Zablocki
    4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
    VAR: Baldomero Toledo






    Recent Form
    Atlanta 9-3-3 10-5 31 19 5-1-2 4-2-1 7-1 3-4
    Columbus 7-6-2 7-8 22 13 5-3-1 2-3-1 7-2 0-6

    Head To Head Summary
    Atlanta 2-1-0 1-2 5.00 2 1 3 0 15 4.7
    Columbus 0-1-2 1-2 1.00 1 2 4 0 11.3 5.3

    Head To Head Detail
    Oct 26, 2017 Columbus 0 Atlanta 0 USA – Major League Soccer COLU ATL 18 23 2 0 0 0 4 6 0 0
    Jul 1, 2017 Atlanta 2 Columbus 0 USA – Major League Soccer ATL COLU 8 10 1 1 0 0 3 7 1 0
    Jun 17, 2017 Columbus 1 Atlanta 3 USA – Major League Soccer COLU ATL 6 14 1 2 0 0 5 5 1 1

    Team Last 5 Games


    Atlanta United
    Jun 9, 2018 New York City 1 Atlanta 1 USA – Major League Soccer
    Jun 2, 2018 Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 1 USA – Major League Soccer
    May 30, 2018 New England 1 Atlanta 1 USA – Major League Soccer
    May 20, 2018 Atlanta 1 New York 3 USA – Major League Soccer
    May 13, 2018 Orlando City 1 Atlanta 2 USA – Major League Soccer

    Columbus Crew
    Jun 9, 2018 Columbus 1 New York 1 USA – Major League Soccer
    Jun 2, 2018 Columbus 3 Toronto 3 USA – Major League Soccer
    May 27, 2018 Sporting Kansas City 0 Columbus 0 USA – Major League Soccer
    May 19, 2018 New England 0 Columbus 1 USA – Major League Soccer
    May 12, 2018 Columbus 3 Chicago 0 USA – Major League Soccer
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