ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United are very focused on ending their two-game losing streak on the road when they face the dangerous home team CF Montréal on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo. Beating Montreal at home will be a tough task, but United FC is determined to end their losing streak and start a winning run on their own.
To defeat Montreal, listed below are three things United needs to do on the road.
Continue to Create Chances
In their recent tough 2-1 loss at Miami, United FC had many opportunities to score, but they failed to do it.
To beat Montreal, United must continue to find ways to score against the home team.
Atlanta has created 83 chances through the first eight weeks of the season, ranking them 3rd in MLS coming into this weekend.
United FC head coach Gonzalo Pineda is very confident that if they can continue to create chances, their chance for victory is solid.
“We can continue playing offensively and trying to create chances. This is a better problem to have. Not being clinical when you create too many chances, rather than not even creating at all. Then you’re begging for a set piece or a counterattack or something like that to create goals. We have to do better. We have to try to be more clinical. In time, I think this thing will change,” Pineda said.
Stopping Mihailovic from controlling the game
In order to beat Montreal on the road, United FC must stop attacking midfielder Djordje Mihailovic from scoring. The American leads the team with four goals and three assists. Eight of his 12 total shots have been on target, while his 17 key passes are far and away the most on Montréal’s team.
The United FC must play tough defense on him from start to finish to stop him from scoring.
If United FC can stop Mihailovic from controlling the game, their chance of a win is very high.
Create Shot Actions in a Variety of Ways
To win on the road, United FC must look for ways to score in different directions to confuse the defense of Montreal.
The usual scorers of the team and playmakers must work hand in hand to find ways to score in this game.