Info to know: Atlanta United at Chicago

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Atlanta United (6-4-3) will play at Chicago (3-4-5) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Soldier Field. The game will be broadcast on the MLS channel on AppleTV. You can sync the radio broadcast from 92.9 FM through the app.

You can follow the coverage of Doug Roberson, who has covered the franchise since 2014, on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC.

Here is a scouting report for the game:

Chicago manager: Frank Klopas (interim)

Chicago at home: 2-0-5

Atlanta United on road: 1-3-2

Chicago goals for/against: 15/18

Chicago expected goals for/against: 13.9/16.8

Atlanta United goals for/against: 25/21

Atlanta United expected goals for/against: 19.1/16.0

Chicago key players

Kei Kamara: Four goals

Kacper Przybylko: Three goals, one assist

Rafael Czichos: Two goals

Chris Mueller: Two goals

Atlanta United key players

Thiago Almada: Six goals, seven assists

Giorgos Giakoumakis: Six goals

Luiz Araujo: Three goals, two assists

Brooks Lennon: One goal, six assists

Talking points

1. Who will start at striker? Miguel Berry started Wednesday’s victory at striker and performed well, Pineda said. But the team got better results when Giakoumakis, who is still regaining fitness, came on as a second-half sub. Giakoumakis scored one of the team’s three goals in the second half.

2. Will Atlanta United’s wingers produce? Araujo scored and put four shots on goal in what arguably was his best match as an Atlanta United player. A day later, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Araujo was sold to Flamengo in his native Brazil. Pineda said that Araujo’s move won’t affect his commitment or playing time.

3. Keeping aggressiveness. The team broke a four-game losing streak by playing with an aggressiveness that it has lacked. It will need the same energy to defeat Chicago, which gave it all sorts of problems in their first match this season. Atlanta United won 2-1 because of an own goal in the final minute of stoppage time.

Injury reports

Atlanta United

Out: Amar Sejdic (calf), Erik Lopez (ankle), Brad Guzan (MCL), Ozzie Alonso (ACL recovery) and Caleb Wiley (international duty).


Out: Jonathan Dean (left adductor), Carlos Teran (right upper leg) and Chris Mueller (hip).

What was said

“I think it’s very clear, and for the players it is as well. I told them that from now on they are done with me because now every time we drop this standard I will assume they’re not 100%, and I will make changes because I will expect this amount of intensity, urgency, however we want to call it, the full commitment in every play, to make plays to score goals, to save goals. I need that performance from everyone because we as a team, we really notice what happens when we don’t do that amount of effort.” – Pineda

Officiating crew

Referee: Rosendo Mendoza

Assistants: Jeremy Kieso, Walt Heatherly

Fourth official: Corey Rockwell

VAR: Jorge Gonzalez

AVAR: Claudiu Badea

Atlanta United’s predicted 11

Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg

Centerback Miles Robinson

Centerback JuanJo Purata

Right fullback Brooks Lennon

Left fullback Ronald Hernandez

Defensive midfielder Franco Ibarra

Midfielder Matheus Rossetto

Attacking midfielder Thiago Almada

Right wing Luiz Araujo

Left wing Derrick Etienne Jr.

Striker Giorgos Giakoumakis

For more content about Atlanta United

Follow me on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC

On Facebook at Atlanta United News Now

On Instagram at DouglasDavidRoberson

Atlanta United coverage on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southern Fried Soccer podcast can be found

Apple -

Spotify -

Google podcasts -

If you are listening to us for the first time, please follow us on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcast ... and if you like what you hear, please give us a good rating so we can grow the show. If you have questions about the MLS team, you can email Doug Roberson at, DM him on Twitter @dougrobersonajc or call 770-810-5297.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a special offer for Atlanta United supporters and listeners to this podcast. If you subscribe today, you will not only get unlimited digital access to the AJC and the Sunday paper for $2.30 a week but we are also throwing in a special limited-edition Atlanta United and Atlanta Journal-Constitution scarf. So sign up now at

Atlanta United’s 2023 MLS schedule

Feb. 25 Atlanta United 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

March 4 Atlanta United 1, Toronto FC 1

March 11 Atlanta United 3, Charlotte FC 0

March 18 Atlanta United 5, Portland 1

March 25 Columbus 6, Atlanta United 1

April 1 Atlanta United 1, New York Red Bulls 0

April 8 Atlanta United 1, New York City FC 1

April 15 Atlanta United 2, Toronto FC 2

April 23 Atlanta United 2, Chicago 1

April 29 Nashville SC 3, Atlanta United 1

May 6 Inter Miami CF 2, Atlanta United 1

May 13 Charlotte 3, Atlanta United 1

May 17 Atlanta United 4, Colorado 0

May 20 at Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 p.m.

May 27 at Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m.

May 31 vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m., FS1

June 7 or Sept. 13 at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.

June 10 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

June 21 vs. New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.

June 24 at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

July 2 vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m., Fox

July 8 at CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

July 12 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

July 15 vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Aug. 20 at Seattle Sounders, 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 26 vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 vs. FC Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 at FC Cincinnati, TBA