Who will start, what formation will Atlanta United use against NYCFC?

Who will start and what formation will be used when Atlanta United plays NYCFC today at Yankee Stadium in the first game of a two-game series in the MLS playoffs?

The size of the pitch, which is narrow, eliminating opportunities for crosses, and short, which encourages long balls because there are too many people to try to pass or dribble through.

Anything more than that and things become problematic, especially when considering the team’s current form and lack of intensity in important games.

I think Atlanta United may have learned a lesson about trying to play out of the back in its past two trips to New York.

The 3-3-3-1 will also allow the team to stay narrow, giving it a better chance to intercept passes or recover loose balls.

The banks of 3 would shift to the left and right to avoid creating gaps between the lines that extend all the way down the short pitch.

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