Likely formation: 3-4-2-1.
Stats that may interest you:
xG: 11.2 (Atlanta’s is 7.3)
xGa: 10.5 (Atlanta’s is 13.0)
Actual goals scored: 6
Actual goals allowed: 11
Key players: Rodolfo Pizarro midfielder, three goals, 13 shots, four on target.
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, centerback, former Atlanta United player signed before MLS tournament.
Julian Carranza, midfielder/forward, two goals, seven shots, four on target.
Analysis: Miami is coming off a 0-0 draw with Nashville. Miami’s Pizarro missed two gifted chances in the first half. Gonzalez Pirez has helped shore up Miami’s defense though he had a couple of odd moments against Nashville that should have been punished. Blaise Matuidi made his debut and was tidy in the midfield. Most of Miami’s scoring chances started with a line-splitting pass made by Matuidi
Atlanta United could consider itself lucky to have earned a draw in their previous meeting because it created few chances and put few shots on goal.
Atlanta United scratched out a point at Orlando with a late goal by Adam Jahn. We will see if that sparks the team to be more aggressive and courageous going forward.
Miami’s starting 11 in its previous game:
31 G Luis Robles
5 D Nicolás Figal
3 D Andrés Reyes
26 D Leandro González Pirez
22 D Ben Sweat
13 M Victor Ulloa
8 M Blaise Matuidi
12 M Juan Agudelo
7 M Lewis Morgan
10 M Rodolfo Pizarro
21 F Julián Carranza
Atlanta United coming games
Wednesday at Miami, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports South)
Saturday at Nashville, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South)
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