Match Preview

Match Preview: Atlanta United faces FC Cincinnati for Decision Day matchup


First Touches

Match Details

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
  • Kickoff time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: TQL Stadium
  • Tickets: View tickets

How to watch, listen and live stream FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United

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Both teams will be returning to MLS play for the first time in two weeks following the October FIFA international window. Before the break, Atlanta picked up a point in the dying seconds of its match against Columbus Crew when Miles Robinson scored a header in the 97th minute to even the score 1-1. In Cincinnati's last match, the Orange and Blue managed to earn three more road points in their 1-0 win over Inter Miami CF.

Series History and Last Meeting

Atlanta has proved to be the dominant side (5-2-4) in the history between these two teams, but Cincinnati was the most recent victor earlier this season. When Cincinnati traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in August, they overcame a 1-0 deficit and scored two second-half goals to win 2-1.

Players To Watch

Giorgos Giakoumakis (Atlanta United) – The Greek striker not only scores sensational goals for Atlanta United, but Giakoumakis opened the scoring for the Greece national team in its 2-0 win over Ireland last week. Cincinnati is one of the hardest teams to beat at home, so Atlanta will be looking to Giakoumakis to put pressure on their backline and continue to find the back of the net on Saturday.

Luciano Acosta (FC Cincinnati) – All eyes will be on the MVP candidate and his performance in the last match of the season. The midfielder from Argentina has had a spectacular season with 16 goals and 13 assists, which leads MLS in goal contributions. Acosta scored and assisted in the two goals that earned Cincinnati the win against Atlanta in August, so the 5-Stripes will have to find a way to shut him down in the final third.

FC Cincinnati  
Atlanta United
Head coach
Pat Noonan
Gonzalo Pineda
MLS 2023 record (W-L-T)
20-5-8 (68 points)
13-9-11 (50 points)
Eastern Conference standings
Kit: colors
Secondary: Orange, orange
Primary: Red-black, black
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