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Jun 20, 2021 at 7pm UK at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
AtlantaAtlanta United
2-2
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Union
Przybylko (58' og.), Walkes (83')
Lopez (76')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Burke (84'), Glesnes (90+3')
Bedoya (30'), Flach (41'), Fontana (53'), Glesnes (60'), Monteiro (90')

Preview: Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Atlanta United and Philadelphia Union, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Atlanta United will look to extend their unbeaten run in Major League Soccer to five games when they return to action on Sunday, hosting the Philadelphia Union at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Five Stripes are coming off a 2-2 draw with Nashville SC in their previous match before the international break, while the Union have won three straight and are unbeaten in their last five MLS fixtures.


Match preview

Atlanta United head coach Gabriel Heinze on May 16, 2021© Reuters

Having the ball for most of the match does not necessarily guarantee a victory, and Atlanta United have proven that time and again in this MLS campaign.

Gabriel Heinze has seen his side accumulate over 60% of the possession in five consecutive games in all competitions, but they only have one victory to show for it, along with four draws.

They flew out of the gate in their last match against Nashville, scoring the opener in the sixth minute and carrying a 2-0 lead into the late stages of that match before conceding twice in three minutes to let two points slip through their fingertips.

One thing you do not want to do when you watch a Five Stripes game is leave early, as this team have conceded five goals in all competitions within the final 15 minutes of a match, and they have scored three times in MLS play with five minutes or less remaining in a game.

The return of fans has undoubtedly been a significant boost to Atlanta, who have had over 40,000 people in attendance in each of their last two home games, and they are unbeaten at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during this MLS regular season.

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin walks onto the field before match against the New England Revolution on May 12, 2021© Reuters

Philadelphia return from the international break in high spirits, winning their last three MLS encounters and conceding only one goal in their previous five league games.

The Union were busy during the international break, signing manager Jim Curtin, a Pennsylvania native, to a two-year contract extension.

Fresh off winning the Supporters' Shield in 2020, the first trophy in club history, this team look just as good if not better so far in 2021, sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference and earning a place in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Losing two players named to the MLS Best XI last season in Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson could have crippled this team, but so far in this campaign that has not been the case, as Philly are on pace for another top-three finish in the Eastern Conference.

They may not have an established superstar, but what they do have is a lot of youthful exuberance plus a cohesive team who play for one another and know their role on the field.

Building from within, cohesiveness and being innovative are the three pillars Curtin has discussed as the key to success, and so far in 2021, his side have done all of those things very effectively.

Atlanta United Major League Soccer form:
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Atlanta United form (all competitions):
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Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer form:
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Philadelphia Union form (all competitions):
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Team News

Atlanta United midfielder Jackson Conway (36) celebrates after scoring a goal against Club America in the second half during the 2020SCCL quarterfinals at Exploria Stadium in December 2020© Reuters

The Five Stripes will be without midfielder Emerson Hyndman after he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture during a training session over the international break.

Fellow midfielder Mo Adams is struggling to recover from a groin injury, while wingers Jurgen Damm, Machop Chol and centre-back Alan Franco all have leg injuries.

Defender Ronald Hernandez and striker Josef Martinez are with the Venezuelan national team at the Copa America in Brazil.

Union midfielder Jack de Vries has a concussion that has kept him sidelined all season, and fellow midfielder Ilsinho has missed the last eight games with a groin injury.

Jose Martinez is in Brazil at the moment representing Venezuela at the Copa America and thus will not be available this weekend.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake has picked up three successive clean sheets and has not conceded a goal since May 12, in a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution.

Polish striker Kacper Przybylko has goals in back-to-back MLS games and has scored three times in his last four league matches.

Atlanta United possible starting lineup:
Guzan; Lennon, Robinson, Walkes, Bello; Barco, Sosa, Moreno; Lopez, Torres, Mulraney

Philadelphia Union possible starting lineup:
Blake; Mbaizo, Glesnes, Elliot, Wagner; Bedoya, Flach, Fontana; Monteiro; Santos, Przybylko


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We say: Atlanta United 1-2 Philadelphia Union

Without Josef Martinez and Emerson Hyndman, Atlanta will have difficulty finding a way through a side that have conceded the third-fewest goals in the league (five).

The Union eliminated Atlanta in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on a 4-1 aggregate score and have faced many sides with contrasting styles of play, and for the most part, they have been able to handle it all quite well.



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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

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· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3New York City FCNY City1582530161426
4Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
12Toronto153482032-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3New York City FCNY City1582530161426
4Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
12Toronto153482032-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

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