2017 Major League Soccer Match Previews: D.C. United vs. Atlanta United FC and Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC

2017 Major League Soccer Match Previews: D.C. United vs. Atlanta United FC and Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC

This Thursday, get ready for the double dose of MLS action. Watch teams fighting to get the top place in their respective clubs. Catch all the MLS action live on 1sports.

Match 1

Teams: D.C. United vs. Atlanta United

Kick-off: 5:00 am on Thursday, RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C.

Where to Watch: Catch live action on 1sports, this Thursday

Season Goal Leaders: D.C. United – Luciano Acosta (3 Goals), Atlanta United FC – Miguel Almiron (8 Goals)

On Thursday, D.C. United will welcome Atlanta United FC at the RFK Stadium, Washington. The match kicks off at 05:00 am on Thursday and will be telecasted live on DSport.

Atlanta (6-6-3) are coming off a third consecutive home victory in a 3-1 battle over the Columbus Crew, meanwhile D.C. United (4-8-3) are looking to rebound after a 2-0 defeat against Toronto at BMO Field. In the last meeting between the two sides in Atlanta just weeks ago, the match result fell in favor of D.C., so ATL UTD will hope to avenge the loss suffered on their home turf.

D.C. United are currently suffering a midseason MLS crisis. Sitting in the last place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points, the club located in the nation’s capital are struggling on all fronts and head coach Ben Olsen has yet to figure out how to rejuvenate his side.

While the Atlanta United are steaming with momentum after they topped the Columbus Crew last weekend in front of another sellout crowd at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The victory marked their third straight MLS home win and brings them to 21 points on the year, lifting the expansion side to 7th in the Eastern Conference standings and sitting just under the playoff line with a game in hand.

The quest for goals continues for D.C., and there’s no apparent individual solution in sight. With Patrick Mullins injured and both Jose Ortiz and Alhaji Kamara reportedly on their way out the door, it will most likely be up to Lamar Neagle to once again lead the line, though Sebastian Le Toux – who scored against Atlanta earlier this year – may also have a case to start. But regardless of who gets the final touch when it does come, scoring remains a team effort for D.C.

The big story coming out of Atlanta over the weekend was a return to full force for Atlanta’s fearsome trio of Designated Players – Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez – who all found the scoresheet in a 3-1 win over Columbus Crew SC, with Martinez’s first goal after a 10-game injury layoff a particular high point.

D.C. United

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT – M Rob Vincent (left knee meniscus), M/D Nick DeLeon (lower abdominal strain), D Sean Franklin (hamstring injury), F Patrick Mullins (knee surgery)
  • Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Bill Hamid – Chris Korb, Steve Birnbaum, Kofi Opare, Taylor Kemp – Jared Jeffrey, Ian Harkes – Lloyd Sam, Luciano Acosta, Patrick Nyarko – Lamar Neagle

Notes: D.C. United have struggled at home this season, winning just two of their eight home games (4L-2D). The club’s two home wins are the second fewest in the league. … In the eight games Bobby Boswell has started for D.C. United this season, the team averages 1.3 points per game. In the seven games he has not started, that number falls down to 0.7 points per game. Boswell is averaging 6.0 clearances per 90 minutes played this year, 10th-best in the league amongst players who have started at least five games.

Atlanta United FC

  • Suspended: M Carlos Carmona (yellow card accumulation)
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT – Jacob Peterson (right lower leg injury)
  • Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Alec Kann – Tyrone Mears, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Greg Garza – Jeff Larentowicz, Julian Gressel – Hector Villalba, Miguel Almiron, Yamil Asad – Josef Martinez

Notes: Despite winning just two road games, Atlanta has scored 1.7 goals per game on the road, the second most in the league. … Josef Martinez scored on his return from injury, his fifth of the MLS season so far. His goals per 90 minutes played average is 1.7. The next best amongst MLS players with at least five goals is Nemanja Nikolic, with 0.8 goals per 90 (33 players have at least five goals so far this year).

Match 2

Teams: Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC

Kick-off: 8:00am Thursday, CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Washington

Where to Watch: Catch live action on 1sports, this Thursday

Season Goal Leaders: Seattle Sounders- Will Bruin (4 Goals), Orlando City SC- Cyle Larin (8 Goals)

On Thursday, Seattle Sounders will take on Orlando City SC at their home ground CenturyLink Field. The match kicks off at 08:00 am on Thursday and will be telecasted live on DSport.

In the boundaries of CenturyLink Field, the Sounders are 4-1-2 +4 in 2017. The Lions are 1-4-1 -7 on the road.

The defensive issues are a headache for Orlando, but they might be just what the coach ordered for Seattle. Despite boasting one of the most talented attacks in the league on paper, the Sounders just haven’t quite clicked into gear. They’ve scored just 19 goals all year, tied for 17th in the league. They aren’t stacking up the results, either. Seattle are in eighth in the West, and just lost 2-1 in the driving rain at New York City FC thanks in part to a controversial penalty call.

According to The Seattle Times, Schmetzer “hinted strongly” on Monday that Bruin will play a major role in tomorrow’s match. The former Houston Dynamo man has been effective in limited playing time this year, recording four goals in just 550 minutes on the field. That’s two more than Morris in less than half the minutes.

Seattle Sounders

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE – F Seyi Adekoya (L ankle sprain), D Tony Alfaro (L knee arthroscopy), D Brad Evans (L calf strain)
  • Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Stefan Frei – Oniel Fisher, Roman Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones – Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan – Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro – Will Bruin

Orlando City FC

  • Suspended: Cyle Larin (SABH) program
  • Int’l Duty: None
  • Injury Report: None
  • Projected Starting XI (4-4-2): Joe Bendik – Scott Sutter, Tommy Redding, Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia – Matias Perez Garcia, Servando Carrasco, Cristian Higuita, Luis Gil – Giles Barnes, Carlos Rivas

All-Time Results

  • Overall: Seattle 2 wins (7 goals), Orlando 0 wins (1 goal), 0 draws
  • At Seattle: Seattle 1 win (4 goals), Orlando 0 wins (0 goals), 0 draws

Source: MLS

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