Our prediction for this MLS match:
Atlanta United play host to San Jose Earthquakes at their Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the opening match of the season. The Five Stripes kick off the 2023 MLS season without important attacker Josef Martinez, who left the club, but new signing Georgios Giakoumakis is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. The good news for the hosts is that first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan has overcome his long-term injury.
The Earthquakes, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to New York Red Bulls in their last warm-up game, and given their three-game losing run in encounters with Atlanta United, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. A man to watch in the away team will be Cameroon international Jeremy Ebobisse, who scored 17 goals in the Major League Soccer last term, while new signing Daniel is likely to make his San Jose debut in Sunday’s clash.
Highlighted Team (Atlanta United):
Atlanta United is a Major League Soccer club and they were founded on April 16, 2014. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia and they will make their debut in MLS in 2017. Arthur Blank is the club’s owner and Bobby Dodd Stadium is Atlanta United’s home ground.
Arthur Blank is an American businessman, who is well known for his ownership of the NFL club Atlanta Falcons. The venue was opened on September 27, 1913 and its’ current capacity is 60.316. However, it has to be noted that the team will play first eight home games of the 2017 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium, while the latter nine fixtures will be hosted by Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Speaking of the club’s colors, Atlanta United footballers wear black and red shirts and black shorts with a little bit of gold mixed in. Gerardo Martino, who used to be in charge of La Liga side Barcelona in the past, will coach Atlanta United in the 2017 MLS season. Tata Martino won the Spanish Super Cup with Barca, while making it to the Copa America final with Argentina on two occasions (2015, 2016).