Scouting Atlanta United’s next opponent: New England

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Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan discusses strategy ahead of matchup against the Revolution.

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Atlanta United will continue its 2021 MLS campaign at New England on Saturday. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on WUPA.

Scouting New England

Coach: Bruce Arena.

Record: 1-1-0.

Formation: Likely a 4-4-2, or 4-2-2-2.

Expected goals for team/opponent this season: 1.08/1.29.

Expected goals for Atlanta United/opponent this season: 1.26/1.26.

Key players:

Gustavo Bou, forward, 1 goal

Adam Buksa, forward, 1 goal

Carles Gil, midfielder, 1 assist

Tajon Buchanan, midfielder, 1 assist

Matt Turner, goalkeeper, 75 percent save rate

Key thoughts for Atlanta United

New England’s offense has yet to find second gear. Its win against D.C. United in Week 2 came on an own goal. One of its goals in Week 1 came on a poorly defended corner kick by Chicago. The second came on a poorly defended throw-in. Atlanta United has allowed just one goal in its first two leagues games and has proven strong defending set pieces.

Defensively, the Revs’ centerbacks aren’t very quick and were twice stretched and beaten in the Week 1 draw against Chicago by cross-field passes and movement into space in the opposite direction of the pass. In other words, a pass from right to left, with a player moving into space created in the middle and/or right as the defense slid from side to side. Atlanta United is very good at hitting that cross-field pass. It’s still working on moving into those spaces.


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Atlanta United’s 2021 MLS schedule

April 17 Atlanta United 0, Orlando 0

April 24 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 1

May 1 at New England, 7 p.m., WUPA

May 9 at Inter Miami, 1 p.m., ABC

May 15 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 23 at Seattle, 4:30 p.m., Fox

May 29 vs. Nashville, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 20 vs. Philadelphia, 2 p.m., ESPN

June 23 at NYCFC (at Red Bull Arena), TBD, BSSO/BSSE

June 27 vs. New York Red Bulls, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 3 at Chicago, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 8 at Nashville, 8:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 17 vs. New England, 5 p.m., ESPN

July 21 at Cincinnati, 7 p.m., FS1

July 24 vs. Columbus, 3:30 p.m., ABC

July 30 at Orlando, 8 p.m., ESPN

Aug. 4 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 7 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 15 vs. LAFC, 4 p.m. ESPN

Aug. 18 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 21 at D.C. United, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 28 vs. Nashville, 3:30 p.m., Univision

Sept. 10 vs. Orlando, 7 p.m., FS1

Sept. 15 vs. Cincinnati, B7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 18 vs. D.C. United, 3:30 p.m., Univision

Sept. 25 at Philadelphia,3:30 p.m., Univision

Sept. 29 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Oct. 2 at Montreal, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Oct. 16 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Oct. 20 vs. NYCFC, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Oct. 27 vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Oct. 30 vs. Toronto, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Nov. 3 at New York Red Bulls, TBD, BSSO/BSSE

Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE