Atlanta brought two new players into central midfield since our last meeting in MLS on May 12th in Georgia. Emerson Hyndman was acquired on July 1st on loan from English side Bournemouth. Hyndman scored the second goal in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals against City back on August 6th. Additionally, Mo Adams came via trade from Chicago on July 17th.
Josef Martinez has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances, the most in the Eastern Conference through this point in the season. Furthermore, he has scored in eleven straight MLS appearances.
Atlanta is 5-0-0 in their last five appearances including the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals in Orlando. The 2018 MLS Cup winners are currently sitting on 45 points and lead the Eastern Conference.
City and Atlanta have met seven times through the two and a half years both teams have been in the league together. United won five games and the other two results have been draws.
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Atlanta has two former Lions on their squad. Justin Meram was acquired via trade back in May while Brek Shea will be unavailable due to an ACL injury. Shea was signed as a free agent back in December.