Pineda and his team have been working the past two weeks trying to slowly increase focus towards Sunday so that players don’t overflow too early and have nothing left to give on what should be a cold day on the little one. Yankee land. Stadium.
Pineda and his team pushed players hard in the first few days of this week’s sessions while incorporating the tactical concepts they want to execute. Once convinced the players know what is expected, the coaches relaxed and let the players be happy and free, Pineda said.
“We are really excited that the game is coming here,” said Barco. “I think we had enough time to plan and prepare enough for the game. So you know, we want to win and move on to the next round. This is our goal.
Barco and center-back Miles Robinson said a key for the team is to come out with intensity.
Both acknowledged that getting off to a quick start has been a problem for the team over the past few weeks. He’s only scored in the first half in two of his last five games, and one of those goals came as a gift to Luiz Araujo from Toronto goalie Quintin Westberg.
“I think it’s just a matter of getting a few passes to connect and just catching your breath on the ball, when you have a little bit of time,” said Robinson. “It’s tight ground so there won’t be a lot of time on the ball. But if we can move the ball quickly and win all the duels in the midfield, I think we’re going to look good.
Atlanta United expects NYCFC to push early, especially because they are at home. They also predict that there will be a lot of turnovers due to the number of duels with players so close to each other. The team worked on the defense in transition, relieving the pressure by moving the ball and counterattacking.
Pineda said the players have shown in training that they understand the NYCFC defense spaces that they believe can be exploited.
But Pineda said the team didn’t want to exclusively protect and counter. He said it’s not the personality or the strength of the team.
“The main part is to try to control the game again, to try to play the way we feel more comfortable,” he said. “But there is another team that probably likes the same style. And that is the challenge. It’s always the beauty of this game is that both teams have a game plan and both teams are trying to perform at the highest level, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.
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Atlanta United MLS 2021 Schedule
April 17 Atlanta United 0, Orlando 0
April 24 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 1
May 1 New England 2, Atlanta United 1
May 9 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 1
May 15 Atlanta United 1, Montreal 0
May 23 Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1
May 29 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
June 20 Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 2
June 23 NYCFC 1, Atlanta United 0
Jun 27 Atlanta United 0, New York Red Bulls 0
July 3 Chicago 3, Atlanta United 0
July 8 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
July 17 New England 1, Atlanta United 0
July 21 Atlanta United 1, Cincinnati 1
July 24 Columbus 1, Atlanta United 0
July 30 Orlando 3, Atlanta United 2
August 4 Atlanta United 2, Montreal 2
August 7 Atlanta United 3, Columbus 2
August 15 Atlanta United 1, LAFC 0
August 18 Atlanta United 1, Toronto 0
August 21 Atlanta United 2, DC United 1
Aug 28 Nashville 2, Atlanta United 0
September 10 Atlanta United 3, Orlando 0
September 15 Atlanta United 4, Cincinnati 0
September 18 Atlanta United 3, DC United 2
Sep 25 Philadelphia 1, Atlanta United 0
September 29 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 0
Oct 2 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1
October 16 Atlanta United 2, Toronto 0
October 20 Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 1
October 27 Atlanta United 2, Miami 1
October 30 Atlanta United 1, Toronto1
November 3 Atlanta United 0, New York Red Bulls 0
November 7 Atlanta United 2, Cincinnati 1