July 21, 2018 - Atlanta United forward Andrew Carleton (30) works the ball during the first half in a MLS soccer game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2018. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Predicting Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Cincinnati

Doug Roberson’s prediction for Atlanta United’s starting 11 against Cincinnati on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Centerback Miles Robinson

Centerback Michael Parkhurst

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez

Right wingback Gordon Wild

Left wingback Mikey Ambrose

Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz

Midfielder Kevin Kratz

Midfielder Andrew Carleton

Midfielder Hector Villalba

Striker Romario Williams

This 11 was very difficult to predict because of the compressed schedule.

Atlanta United played at Monterrey on Wednesday and flew home on Thursday. Ten of the 11 starters in that game also started the D.C. United game on March 3.

The team will host Monterrey on Wednesday in the second leg trailing 3-0 and figures to put out its strongest starting lineup in hopes of getting to at least extra time. To do that, it probably needs to rest a few players on Sunday.

I struggled with selecting the wingbacks. Gordon Wild has yet to play in MLS. Mikey Ambrose has started the past two games, but there’s really no other player available other than Brek Shea, who has started the past three games.

Also, several of the players on the senior team (George Bello, Florentin Pogba) were scheduled to play for Atlanta United 2 on Saturday. Others (Julian Gressel, Franco Escobar) are injured.

Anyway, feel free to share your predicted 11.

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Doug Roberson
Doug Roberson
Doug Roberson covers the Atlanta United and Major League Soccer.