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Jul 22, 2021 at 1am UK at Nippert Stadium
CincinnatiFC Cincinnati
1-1
AtlantaAtlanta United
Acosta (61')
Gyau (38'), Vallecilla (45+3'), Acosta (86')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Hernandez (70')
Sosa (64'), Hernandez (71')

Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between FC Cincinnati and Atlanta United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

FC Cincinnati continue to search for their first win at TQL Stadium when they host Atlanta United there on Wednesday.

The Orange and Blue lost a back and forth game with CF Montreal 5-4 over the weekend, while Atlanta are in the middle of an eight-game losing streak after falling 1-0 to the New England Revolution.


Match preview

FC Cincinnati players celebrate around defender Gustavo Vallecilla after scoring on May 22, 2021© Reuters

Now in their third season in MLS, Cincinnati may have experienced one of the craziest games in franchise history this past weekend, and unfortunately for Jaap Stam and his team, they ended up on the wrong end of the score in a game that they seemed to have under control.

That defeat ended a franchise-record four-match unbeaten run that has enabled them to climb out of the Eastern Conference basement, which was their permanent home over their first two MLS campaigns.

On Saturday, Cincy squandered two two-goal advantages, coming away empty-handed in an exciting match for neutral fans, filled with glaring errors from both sides, particularly the goalkeepers as Kenneth Vermeer and James Pantemis let in some shocking goals.

Stam, a hard-nosed defender during his playing days, will not be pleased with the defensive display his team showed, allowing 10 shots on target against a side in Montreal who have been shut out of five games this year.

Leading by two has not meant good things for this team in 2021, as they have squandered four two-goal leads this season in three matches, collecting two out of a possible nine points when they were in that position.

Atlanta United players react after Philadelphia Union scored an an own goal on June 20, 2021© Reuters

An eighth consecutive match without a win proved to be the final nail in the coffin of manager Gabriel Heinze, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday just one day after his team's 1-0 defeat to New England.

To say that this team have taken a step back since the Argentine took over would be an understatement, as the Five Stripes have only won four games since he succeeded Frank de Boer in December 2020, with Atlanta positioned to miss the post-season for a second successive campaign.

Assistant coach Rob Valentino will manage the team on an interim basis, and he has a big job ahead of him to get this team out of their current funk while also bringing harmony back into the group, something that has been in short supply this year.

Before last weekend, one of the few positives that this team had going for them was the fact that they had not lost on their home turf, but that record went out the window versus the Revs as they once again failed to create any great scoring chances, despite having over 60% of the ball.

As they get set to play three games in nine days, starting on Wednesday, the Five Stripes will be eager to win away from home for the first time all season.

FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L

Atlanta United Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L



Team News

FC Cincinnati midfielder Luciano Acosta celebrates with teammates scoring a goal on June 27, 2021© Reuters

The Orange and Blue will be missing Allan Cruz and Ronald Matarrita, who are both with the Costa Rican national team for the Gold Cup, while Maikel van der Werff has a sports hernia.

Calvin Harris has a meniscus problem, Zico Bailey has a hip injury, while centre-back Geoff Cameron sat out of their game against Montreal and was replaced by Nick Hagglund.

Brenner scored a brace in a losing effort versus Montreal, the first player in club history to scored multiple goals in an MLS match, while midfielder Yuya Kubo will miss the game on Wednesday due to a yellow card suspension.

Atlanta will be without the services of Brad Guzan, George Bello and Miles Robinson once again, as all three remain with the United States national team at the Gold Cup.

The Five Stripes must soldier on minus midfielder Emerson Hyndman who has a cruciate ligament rupture, Mo Adams is out with a left quadricep injury, and Alex DeJohn has a fractured left elbow.

Striker Josef Martinez has rejoined his team after training on his own over the past two weeks amid rumours that the 2018 MLS Golden Boot winner and former manager Gabriel Heinze were feuding.

FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Tyton; Gyau, Cameron, Vallecilla, Pettersson; Mines, Acosta, Vazquez; Brenner, Barreal, Atanga

Atlanta United possible starting lineup:
Lundgaard; Campbell, Franco, Walkes, Lennon; Sejdic, Moreno, Mulraney, Lopez; Martinez, Wolff


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We say: FC Cincinnati 1-2 Atlanta United

Cincinnati seem to have found their scoring touch with a goal in each of their last five games, but they still have work to do when it comes to closing out a match from a winning position.

Atlanta have never lost to Cincy in four matches, and they will be out to make an impression on their interim coach versus a side who have yet to win at home this season.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England27185451321959
2Nashville SCNashville251111344242044
3New York City FCNY City25116844291539
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2595112540-1532
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2476113029127
12Chicago Fire2665152643-1723
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England27185451321959
2Nashville SCNashville251111344242044
3New York City FCNY City25116844291539
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2595112540-1532
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2476113029127
12Chicago Fire2665152643-1723
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

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