Our prediction for this MLS match:
Atlanta United will be aiming to move one step closer to defending their MLS trophy when they host Philadelphia Union at their Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday morning. The Five Stripes were anything but impressive in the regular season, but they are definitely capable of beating the U in front of home fans. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be last season’s MVP Josef Martinez, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Philadelphia Union, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Atlanta United by beating New York Red Bulls after extra-time and they surely want to put icing on the cake on a very successful season. Nonetheless, since Atlanta United are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the reigning champions.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Martínez):
Born in Guaymallen, Mendoza, Argentina on June 13, 1993, Gonzalo Martinez is an Argentine footballer who plays for River Plate. The 170-cm tall midfielder began his youth career at Huracan in 2011 and he continued playing for Quemeros at senior level. The Argentine footballer joined River Plate in January 2015 and he has been playing for los Millonarios ever since.
Gonzalo Martinez made his debut for River on February 16, 2015 against Club Atletico. Speaking of his international career, the River Plate midfielder made his Argentina debut on September 8, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Guatemala. It has to be noted that he scored from the penalty on his international debut.
In 2018 he won Copa Libertadores with los Millionarios, who defeated their bitter local rivals Boca Juniors in the final of the competition. Gonzalo Martinez wears No. 10 jersey and his main position is left winger.
Highlighted Team (Philadelphia Union):
Based in Chester, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Union is an American soccer club that compete in Major League Soccer. The U have been participating in MLS since 2010, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. Philadelphia welcome their opponents at Talen Energy Stadium, the venue that was opened on June 27, 2010 and current capacity of the stadium is 18.500.
The U made it to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on two occasions (2014, 2015), but they were beaten by Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City respectively in the title games. The likes of D.C. United and New York Red Bulls are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but they share a rivalry with Seattle Sounders as well.
Philadelphia’s colors are navy blue and gold, but they wear white shirts and white socks when playing on the road. USA international Freddy Adu is one of the most notable footballers who player for the U in the past. The former Benfica man scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Philadelphia Union in MLS.