Major League Soccer

Minnesota United aims to knock off Atlanta United

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It’s an MLS match between a team on a two-game winning streak and a team that has lost two straight when Atlanta United plays host to Minnesota United on Wednesday night.

Minnesota United (6-4-3, 21 points) is coming off a pair of 1-0 wins at home, the latest one on Saturday against Houston, the team directly in front of them in the Western Conference.

Minnesota coach Adrian Heath was obviously pleased with the second straight shutout.

“Well, I’ll stick with it — clean sheets are going to give us a really good chance,” Heath told reporters after the win. “The collective mentality to defend the goal. Do what’s asked of them. People doing what the coaching staff wants them to do. Defending properly — putting the group before individuals. I thought it was outstanding at times, and I’m really pleased for a lot of aspects from the game today.

“As much as I have been in previous weeks where I’ve come in here and thought we’ve done great. Because I don’t think we’ve played as well as we can today, but we certainly, as a group, worked really hard to deny a really good attacking team.”

For Atlanta (6-5-2, 20 points) it’s been a roller-coaster season. The team started slowly, and then ran off five straight wins without allowing a goal, but since has stalled and dropped two road games.

The most recent was Friday’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, with the game-winner conceded in stoppage time.

“We have to be very disappointed that we don’t get a point out of this game but there are still a lot of positive things that we can build on,” Atlanta coach Frank de Boer told reporters. “We have two home games, so we have to take that advantage with us. I have confidence with this stretch and those two games at home, that we will do fine.”

–Field Level Media

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