October 19, 2019 Atlanta - Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer reacts in the second half during the first round of the MLS playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Atlanta United won 1-0 over the New England Revolution. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

MLS playoffs: Predicting Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Philadelphia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson (@DougRobersonAJC) predicts Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Thursday’s MLS playoff game against Philadelphia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2. It’s on the radio at 92.9FM.

Neither centerback Michael Parkhurst (shoulder) nor Miles Robinson (hamstring) are available.

Manager Frank de Boer said last week that he players prefer playing with three centerbacks, five midfielders and two strikers, though one of those strikes is really more of a play-maker.

Here we go:

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Centerback Franco Escobar

Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez

Centerback Flo Pogba

Right wingback Julian Gressel

Left wingback Justin Meram

Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe

Midfielder Emerson Hyndman

Striker Ezequiel Barco

Striker Josef Martinez

De Boer said he likes the balance of Larentowicz, Nagbe and Hyndman, so he’d likely wouldn’t break that up.

He also said last week that Barco is playing well, so don’t expect him to come out in place of Pity Martinez.

Atlanta United has no centerbacks. Should it need one, Larentowicz can drop back and Eric Remedi can slide in at defensive midfielder.

Do you like this 11? Which players are in your predicted 11?


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