Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s MLS Cup against Portland at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has two shutouts in four playoff games this season.
Centerback Jeff Larentowicz, who will be attempting to win his second MLS Cup.
Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain who is appearing in his fifth MLS Cup.
Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who finished fourth in voting for MLS Defender of the Year.
Right wingback Franco Escobar, who has a goal and an assist in the playoffs.
Left wingback Greg Garza, who recently returned from a shoulder injury. His defense is underrated.
Defensive midfielder Eric Remedi, whose job will be to deny Diego Valeri the ball.
Midfielder Darlington Nagbe, who was traded from Portland to Atlanta United in Dec. 2017. He will be key to controlling the tempo of Atlanta United’s attack.
Midfielder Julian Gressel, who has nine goals and 23 assists in two seasons.
Striker Miguel Almiron, arguably the best player in MLS who has 21 goals and 28 assists the past two seasons.
Striker Josef Martinez, the league’s MVP after scoring 31 goals during the regular season.