170518 Match Preview

Match Preview: Atlanta United vs Houston Dynamo

On Saturday night, Atlanta United return home after a two match road stretch to host the Houston Dynamo at Bobby Dodd Stadium at 7:00 p.m. ET. Atlanta (3-4-3) are coming off a hard-earned point from a 1-1 draw in Portland last week and will be happy to be home in front of the fourth-straight sold out crowd in the ATL. Houston (6-4-1) have started strong this season, but despite an undefeated record at home, the Dynamo have struggled on the road and are still searching for their first win away from BBVA Compass Stadium. You can watch two of the highest scoring teams in MLS go head to head in the matchup presented by AT&T on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Southeast or via FOX Sports Go.

Atlanta United (3-4-3)

For Atlanta, it’s been quite the tough schedule for a club just months into its inaugural season. Seven out of their 10 matches so far have been away from home including three cross-country trips and two journeys to Canada, so they will be happy to return to the ATL this weekend. Though currently sitting 9th in the Eastern Conference, Atlanta United have looked dangerous and competitive in every match and have earned the title of number one scoring team in MLS in terms of goals per game (2.0).

Not only wary of the whole front line, but opposing teams have begun to consistently fear Atlanta’s Miguel Almirón who continues to yield MLS All-Star worthy performances. Their Paraguayan playmaker has recorded four assists and two goals and been the cog in Atlanta United’s midfield and fast-paced attack especially when he is roaming in the free number 10 role behind the striker.

Striker Josef Martinez still leads the team with five goals, even though he’s been sidelined since match three with a quad injury. However, others have stepped up into the scoring role like Tito Villalba (4), Kenwyne Jones (2), and as of late, Julian Gressel and Carlos Carmona who have each tallied their first goals for the club in the past two weeks.

Houston Dynamo (6-4-1)

From the 2016 season to their 2017 campaign, it seems like night and day for the Houston Dynamo. After finishing 10th at the bottom of the table of the Western Conference last season, they were determined to make some off season changes that would turn the club around. Now sitting in 2nd in the standings after 12 weeks of MLS action this year, it’d be hard to argue that their moves aren’t paying off.

The Dynamo have notched 21 goals thus far this season, tied for most in the league at the moment. Key to their solid start and notable on-field performance discrepancy from last season is the acquisition of their Honduran duo of Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis who have recorded a combined nine goals and three assists and have been leaving the rest of the league in awe with their chemistry on the field.

Also a large part of their recent form and their impressive goal tally is courtesy of Erick Torres, the former Chivas USA front man who has really hit his stride this year. The 24-year-old Mexican DP has hit the back of the net eight times so far and is currently 2nd in the league in goals. Also coming into his own for Houston is 28-year-old Brazilian Alex who’s been pulling the strings from the midfield and has tallied six assists already this season.

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