Club America game a chance for Atlanta United players to impress next coach

Gabriel Heinze, coach of Argentina's Velez Sarsfield, gives instructions to his players during a Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Ecuador's Aucas Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Gonzalo Pozo Ripalda stadium in Quito, Ecuador. (Dolores Ochoa/AP)
Gabriel Heinze, coach of Argentina's Velez Sarsfield, gives instructions to his players during a Copa Sudamericana soccer match against Ecuador's Aucas Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Gonzalo Pozo Ripalda stadium in Quito, Ecuador. (Dolores Ochoa/AP)

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In addition to possibly advancing to the semifinals of a tournament, as well as the confidence that comes from winning, there is one more thing to play for when Atlanta United takes on Club America on Wednesday: a chance to impress their next manager. Atlanta United trails 3-0 after the first leg.

“It’s not on the front of our minds but when you actually look into it, that’s actually there,” Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “We want to leave a positive taste in their mouth when they watch the game.”

Guzan rightfully points out that if the team wins, chances are most of the players had a good game.

“First and foremost, we want to try and win,” he said. “If we win, good performances will follow.”

If Atlanta United were to somehow win, and overturn its 3-0 deficit, it would advance to Saturdays semifinals when it would face the winner of the quarterfinal series between LAFC and Cruz Azul.

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