Almiron in Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against NYCFC in Yankee Stadium in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who made a franchise-record nine saves in the previous game here.

Fullback Franco Escobar, who can’t get caught up field.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain.

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, he must keep his cool and play in control.

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Fullback Greg Garza, who will make his first start since sustaining a shoulder injury that required surgery in late May.

Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, whose passing must be precise.

Midfielder Eric Remedi, who will try to clog the passing lanes. His passing must be precise.

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, who will try to turn defense into offense.

Midfielder Julian Gressel, who has 14 assists.

Midfielder Miguel Almiron, making his return from a strained hamstring that sidelined him for the past two games. He has 12 goals and 14 assists this season.

Striker Josef Martinez, who led MLS with 31 goals this season.

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