An advantage for Atlanta United is what was among the first MLS teams to resume individual training in early May, small group training and group training.
Because it started team training on Monday and because they now know the teams that are in their group, Atlanta United can work on different systems and tactics. Bocanegra described that as a big advantage.
The team’s sports science department has used the past few weeks to better prepare the players for that first game, expected to be July 12. Atlanta United’s players have said they had hoped to get at least four weeks of training before play resumed.
“Now we know our start date we can work backward,” he said. “Physically, we should be fine.”