Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. MNUFC in U.S. Open Cup

August 14, 2019 Atlanta: Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez strikes a pose for the fans after making what turned out to be the winning goal on a penalty kick for a 3-2 victory over Club America as teammates arrive to celebrate in the Campeones Cup on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, in Atlanta.   Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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August 14, 2019 Atlanta: Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez strikes a pose for the fans after making what turned out to be the winning goal on a penalty kick for a 3-2 victory over Club America as teammates arrive to celebrate in the Campeones Cup on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Doug Roberson predicts which Atlanta United players will be in the starting 11 for Tuesday’s night U.S. Open Cup championship game against Minnesota United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game is at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN-plus.

The U.S. Open Cup restricts rosters to just five international players. Because of that rule, manager Frank de Boer said Dion Pereira won’t make the 18. For other reasons, Mikey Ambrose, George Bello and Kevin Kratz also aren’t on the roster, he said on Monday.

If Pereira isn’t, that likely means Atlanta United’s five remaining international players are. They are: Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar, Pity  Martinez, Flo Pogba and Eric Remedi.

Here we go:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez

Centerback Miles Robinson

Centerback Flo Pogba

Right wingback Julian Gressel

Left wingback Justin Meram

Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe

Attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco

Striker Pity Martinez

Striker Josef Martinez

I think Pogba will get the start over Escobar because he is returning from an injury. I think Villalba will be a sub around the 60th minute. It looks like Meram is going to be asked to go 90, though Escobar could come in as a wingback on either side. He did play left wingback for a few minutes earlier this season.

I think Larentowicz gets the nod over Remedi because Larentowicz played well in the Campeones Cup. Plus, if Nagbe needs to leave the game early, Remedi is a better-suited sub for that spot than Larentowicz.

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