Atlanta United’s next opponent: Orlando

Orlando City midfielder Nani, left, controls the ball against Atlanta United defender Brooks Lennon, center, during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Orlando City midfielder Nani, left, controls the ball against Atlanta United defender Brooks Lennon, center, during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Credit: Brynn Anderson

Credit: Brynn Anderson

Atlanta United (3-4-1) is scheduled to play Orlando on Saturday at Exploria Stadium. The game will be broadcast on FOX, can be heard on the radio at 92.9FM, and/or you can follow Doug Roberson’s coverage on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC.

Orlando (@OrlandoCitySC)

Record: 4-2-3.

Record against Atlanta United: 1-6-2 in league games and 0-1-0 in U.S. Open Cup games.

Manager: Oscar Pareja, first season with Lions.

Likely formation: 4-2-3-1.

Key players: Nani, forward, three goals on 17 shots, eight on goal, two assists.

Chris Mueller, forward, six goals on 16 shots, nine on goal.

Daryl Dike, forward, three goals on 11 shots, four on goal.

Stats that may interest you

Xg: 11.8

Xga: 9.0

Actual goals: 16

Actual goals against: 11

Home record: 2-1-0.

Analysis

This is a very good Orlando team, one that easily defeated Atlanta United 3-1 in its previous meeting. It gets as many as eight players involved in attacks and stresses defenses with runs from any position. It has numerous goal-scorers and many ways to defeat opponents. It will press and is very adept at capitalizing on counterattacks and set pieces, as Atlanta United learned in their previous meeting. Defensively, there are still cracks. Atlanta United has yet to show that it can take advantage of any weaknesses this season.

Orlando surprised Atlanta United in their previous meeting by reconfiguring its midfield. By the time Atlanta United could adjust the Lions had a two-goal lead.

Highlights from Orlando’s last game

Orlando’s starting 11 in its previous game

1 G Pedro Gallese

2 D Ruan

25 D Antônio Carlos

6 D Robin Jansson

27 D Kamal Miller

19 M Benji Michel

20 M Oriol Rosell

11 M Júnior Urso

77 M Robinho

10 F Mauricio Pereyra

18 F Daryl Dike

Atlanta United coming games

Sept. 5 at Orlando, 8 p.m. (Fox)

Sept. 9 at Miami, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

Sept. 12 at Nashville, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

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