May 12, 2019 Atlanta: Atlanta United players prepare for a corner kick in front of the Orlando City goal during the second half in a MLS soccer match on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/
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Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Vancouver

Who will start for Atlanta United (5-3-2) in Wednesday’s game at Vancouver (3-5-3)?

I think you will see quite a few of the regular starters rested because the team will play Eastern Conference rival New York Red Bulls on Sunday in Harrison, N.J. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the regular starters don’t even fly to Vancouver just so they can avoid the wear and tear of travel.

Frank de Boer said on Monday that Michael Parkhurst and Darlington Nagbe wouldn’t fly, for example

The team will return to Atlanta so any of the regular starters who don’t make the trip to Vancouver can rejoin the team before it flies to Newark or New York.

Here we go:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Right fullback Franco Escobar. 

Centerback Miles Robinson. 

Centerback Flo Pogba. I think Leandro Gonzalez Pirez may get a one-game rest.

Left fullback Brek Shea. I think he will get the start again after Michael Parkhurst got the nod in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Orlando.

Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz. I think he will start in place of Darlington Nagbe, one of those players who will get a one-game rest.

Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi.

Wide midfielder Dion Pereira. I think he may start and give Julian Gressel a one-game rest.

Wide midfielder Justin Meram. I think he will get his first start while Tito Villalba gets a break.

Attacking midfielder Pity Martinez. I think he’s in good form so he will remain in the lineup. Should de Boer decide to rest Martinez, Villalba may slide into here.

Striker Josef Martinez. 

Tell me if you like the formation and the personnel.

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