June 6, 2018 Kennesaw: Atlanta United midfielder Andrew Carleton (right) celebrates his goal against Charleston Battery with teammate Brandon Vazquez for a 1-0 lead during the first half in a U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Kennesaw. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. Columbus in U.S. Open Cup

Who will start for Atlanta United in Tuesday’s game at Columbus in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup?

Manager Frank de Boer said on Monday that the starting lineup will be a mixture of regulars and reserves, which holds true to what he did in the two lineups he put out for the fourth round victory over Charleston. Why two lineups? If you don’t know......google “Doug Roberson Charleston Atlanta United U.S. Open Cup abandon.”

Atlanta United has more than a week off before it resumes MLS action at Toronto on June 26, so de Boer could choose to use more regulars than reserves. 

Here we go:

Goalkeeper Alec Kann, who will get a second runout in the tournament.

Right fullback Franco Escobar. He had an up-and-down game at Charleston, but needs minutes. Plus, there’s not another right back.

Centerback Michael Parkhurst. There’s no Gyasi Zardes to deal with, so I think Parkhurst is back in the lineup and Miles Robinson is out.

Centerback Flo Pogba. Pogba will get another start as Leandro Gonzalez Pirez continues to get to rest and recover. 

Left fullback Brek Shea. Shea was arguably one of Atlanta United’s better offensive players against Charleston. I don’t think Mikey Ambrose will get the start because de Boer said last week that Ambrose still can’t go 90 and he doesn’t want to have to use a sub.

Defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz. 

Defensive midfielder Darlington Nagbe. 

Wide midfielder Justin Meram. He’ll return to the starting lineup to face his old team, which traded him to Atlanta United earlier this season. He said he owes the Crew his career.

Wide midfielder Pity Martinez. Pity Martinez was outstanding in the second half against Charleston.

Attacking midfielder Andrew Carleton. 

Striker Brandon Vazquez. The two-goal scorer will get the start over Romario Williams.

Tell me if you like the formation and the personnel.

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