Major League Soccer: Atlanta United vs FC Dallas
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Sunday, September 10 – 15:30 ET (20:30 BST)
Match Odds: Atlanta United 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – FC Dallas 9/4
Atlanta United vs FC Dallas: Preview
The first ever soccer game is due to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. Atlanta United welcome FC Dallas to their new £1.38bn home ground in what promises to be a landmark occasion.
Atalanta have picked up just one win in their last five games. However, they have only lost one of those five, so they just need to find a way to turn draws into wins.
This is the first of six home games in a row for Atlanta. If they pick up three points they could start a run of form to see them comfortably into the playoffs.
— MercedesBenzStadium (@MBStadium) September 8, 2017
FC Dallas come into this one without a win in five. They have lost their last three games on the road but are still in the top six in the Western Conference.
Oscar Pareja knows the pressure is on Atlanta to deliver, however that isn’t necessarily a good thing for his side. Dallas may well have to contend with an adrenaline fuelled Atlanta.
Worryingly for FC Dallas, they have conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven games (MLS). The last thing they need to be doing is handing out gifts to Atlanta.
Atlanta United vs FC Dallas: Team News
The home side could be without three as Alec Kann is out. While there are concerns over the fitness of Kenwyne Jones and Mark Bloom.
FC Dallas have a clean-bill of health ahead of this tie.
Atlanta United vs FC Dallas: Key Points
Atlanta United’s last five: W/D/D/L/D
FC Dallas’ last five: D/L/D/L/D
Key Stat: FC Dallas have not won an away game in their last three attempts.
Key Player: Michael Parkhurst – The Atlanta captain will no doubt find this one of the biggest honours of his career. Any captain would be proud to lead their side out for the first time at a new stadium. He will be hoping to lead Atlanta to their first three points in their new home as they’ll look to start as they mean to go on.
Atlanta United vs FC Dallas: Prediction
Atlanta United 2-1 FC Dallas – Given that just one point separates these two in the Supporters’ Shield standings ahead of the game, it has the makings of a tight one. There is the added rush for Atlanta of the new stadium and the fans will certainly play their part to make for a memorable occasion. This is going to be an entertaining one to watch unfold.