As the MLS season passed its halfway mark, defending champion Atlanta United travelled to Philadelphia aiming to keep their top spot. It has been a very successful month for the Georgia-based club after securing two major trophies in their history. While the Campeones Cup was decided in a 3-2 thrilling win, they showed their consistency and commitment to lift the US Open Cup at their home ground.
For Philadelphia Union, they were enjoying their best-ever season under Jim Curtin. Three points from this weekend would set the club’s record on points after the side finished 6th on 50 points last season. With their high press and passing possession, their goal-scoring was second-best in the league before this match with 51 goals. And they continued to demonstrate their attractive style of play with a 3-1 dominant win over Atlanta.
This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of the match between Atlanta United and Philadelphia Union. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out how Philadelphia’s tactics dominated Atlanta’s tactics on that Saturday night.
Besides from Alejandro Bedoya’s absence due to a yellow-card suspension, Curtin chose a very strong lineup to play against Atlanta. As mentioned in his pre-match interview, Jamiro Monteiro filled in the spot that Bedoya left behind. Homegrown midfielder Brenden Aaronson occupied the left-winger spot while he aimed to continue his performance against DC United.
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