MLS: a confrontation that raises questions

The second playoff game in the MLS Eastern Conference takes place on Sunday afternoon and pits New York City FC (4th, 51 pts) against Atlanta United FC (5th, 51 pts).

The match will be presented to TVA Sports and TVA Sports direct, from 3 p.m.

It is a confrontation that raises certain questions, one of which takes precedence over the others. How will Atlanta negotiate a passage to Yankee Stadium?

As we know, the Bronx field is small and atypical and if NYC has learned to play there, it is still a mystery for many opponents.

Atlanta hasn’t solved the New York mystery this season, with a loss and a draw, but there is a small opportunity for the Georgia team.

Indeed, NYC is hit by injuries that affect very important players in its roster.

Anton Tinnerholm (Achilles tendon), Nicolas Acevedo (lower body) and Ismaël Tajouri-Shradi (lower body) are all out of action while Gudmundur Thorarinsson (lower body) remains a doubtful case.

This is perhaps the salvation of Atlanta, which can count on the presence of a few reservists to open a breach.

Important players

In the second game of the day, Minnesota (5th, 49 points) will visit the Portand Timbers (4th, 55 points).

The duel will be presented on TVA Sports 2, from 5.30 p.m.

The Timbers are much better when Sebastian Blanco is in the lineup. In fact, they’ve won 14 of the 24 games he’s played this season. In the other ten encounters, they have won only three victories.

But the Timbers may be too dependent on their star player. The problem is the same in the other camp since Minnesota depends a lot on Emanuel Reynoso for success.

There is therefore a risk of having a rather closed match where each team will try to muzzle the main opposing threat.

Everything may depend on the best performance of the day, between that of Blanco and that of Reynoso.

The last meeting of the Association will take place Tuesday night in Seattle where the Sounders (2nd, 60 points) will receive Real Salt Lake (7th, 48 points).

At first glance, this is an unequal duel. The Sounders have scored 53 goals this season, two fewer than Salt Lake. But they only awarded 33, which is 21 less than Salt Lake.

The Sounders have finally found Jordan Morris, a local youngster who has a knack for being good in the playoffs, but there are some dubious cases of importance, like Raul Ruidiaz, Joao Paulo and Nicolas Lodeiro.

Everyone on the Salt Lake side is healthy which could make a difference.

Interestingly, the two teams have faced each other twice this year, and the home team has always won it.

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