Two of MLS’ best tacticians, Jesse Marsch and Tata Martino face off against one another for the first time in 2018. With both coaches bullish on their styles of play, Sunday will be a matter of who adapts tactically to how the game flows.
Both teams score early and often. The Red Bulls lead MLS in goals per game at 2.56, while Atlanta sits second at 2.27. This game will be must-watch and one of the most exciting games thus far!
Party Spoilers in the A
The Red Bulls welcomed Atlanta into MLS in 2017 with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Bobby Dodd Stadium in front of 50,000 plus people. With Sunday being New York’s first visit to Mercedes Benz Stadium, the boys in the white will be looking to spoil the party for the second year in a row.
The Stars Are Out
Kaku. Wright-Phillips. Almiron. Martinez. Barco.
Leading goal scorers, assist leaders and early season MVP candidates. All are vital cogs in each sides offensive half. Sunday will feel like a heavyweight bout and it features on national television (FS1, 7 p.m. ET). Not to mention, in 21 matches played on either FOX or FS1, BWP has tallied 17 goals and four assists.
Eyes on the SCCL Table
Coming off a semifinals appearance in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League for the first time in club history, a win in Atlanta (80 points) would elevate the Red Bulls (72 points) to just eight points back of Atlanta for the 2019 berth in the tournament pending NYCFC-Colorado result. The spot is awarded to the US-based team with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.