Atlanta United are back in midweek action as they begin their run against Memphis 901 FC in the 2023 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The match will be played at Kenisa State University Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The Five Stripes are coming off a late win over Chicago Fire FC last weekend, with the team scoring the last goal in club history in a 2-1 victory. Playing in the USL Championship, Memphis recorded its first clean sheet of the year in a 3-0 win against Rio Grande Valley FC. The US Open is a playoff tournament where clubs from all over the country enter, professional or amateur. Atlanta won the Open title in 2019 and is looking to start another title with a win on Wednesday. Let’s take a closer look at Home Depot’s gear for the matchup with Memphis 901 FC.
Atlanta United sit on 18 points from 9 games in league play, the second best start in club history after the 2018 season. The offense has been the main factor in scoring 18 goals, second most in the league behind St. Louis City SC (21). With a league game in Nashville on Saturday afternoon, Wednesday’s game could give the coaching staff a chance to rotate some forwards. No matter who he picks, head coach Gonzalo Pineda still expects his players to implement the style of play he wants to see. Attack-minded, on the front foot, especially at home, and use transition periods. If Atlanta can get out early and put pressure on Memphis, it will go a long way toward advancing to the next Open Cup.
When Memphis 901 FC comes to town, it’s going to be a reunion of sorts. Head coach Stephen Glass coached at the Atlanta United academy before coaching ATL UTD 2 full-time and Atlanta United on an interim basis in 2020.
Former 2020 MLS SuperDraft pick Phillip Goodrum has blossomed since joining Memphis. He scored a career-high 22 goals last season. Midfielders Luis Fernando and Laurent Kissidou were members of ATL UTD 2 before signing with Memphis. Those players will be looking to impress when they play at Kennesaw on Wednesday. Atlanta’s defense needs to be alert to the offensive threat Memphis has.
Atlanta United’s first team is undefeated at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The Five Stripes own an 8-0-0 record in all competitions in Kennesaw matches. Five of those eight wins came in the Open Cup, while the remaining three came in the CONCACAF Champions League. Atlanta will look to keep the streak going with a win against Memphis on Wednesday night.
Fans can tune in Wednesday night at ATLUTD.com/live, the B/R YouTube website or the B/R app starting at 7:30 p.m. To hear the action on English radio, tune in to Sports Radio 92.9.
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