ATLANTA GEORGIA—The Atlanta United remains confident of overcoming their 3-0 deficit when they visit the Philadelphia Union in Leg 2 of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal series on Tuesday night at Subaru Park (8 pm ET | FS1, TUDN).
United head coach Gabriel Heinze is optimistic his team will play more aggressively and focussed despite missing some key players like winger Jurgen Damm and attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco who are both out due to muscle injuries.
Aside from the two, Lisandro Lopez will not also play against the Union due to family reasons.
As the host of leg two, Union head coach Jim Curtin wants his team to start aggressively and play their usual game in front of their fans.
Curtin believes if they play with less energy, the visiting United team will take full advantage and it could spell doom since the latter is a good offensive team.
“Starting the right way is critical in a competition like this. We know Atlanta is a high-quality opponent that likes to have the ball, they’re good offensively – they really open you up,” Curtin said.
Like the United, the Union will also be missing some key players such as holding midfielder Jose Martinez who is out due to yellow-card accumulation.
Moreover, Heinze believes the key to beating the Union is for them to be more efficient in front of the goal.
“What we are going to try is to put the score closer to the result we want,” Heinze said.

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