Loudoun United closed out their borrowing of D.C. United’s home turf with an impressive 3-0 win against a shorthanded Louisville City club on Sunday, where the substitutes had notable impact. And as it turned out they had won their second consecutive home game in the process. They haven’t won consecutive games as a club so far this year, but they have a decent chance tonight against Atlanta United 2. Consider that since Loudoun beat Atlanta 2-1 at the end of June, ATL2 is winless in the subsequent four games, losing three, and outscored 18-5 in the process. Extend it out further, they are winless in 13, with their last victory on April 13. Were there a time for the ponies to put together back-to-back wins, this would appear to be it.
Key player: Antonio Bustamante
The D.C. homegrown comes off a week where he recorded a goal (his first as a pro) and an assist to goal with 42/47 passing and a USL Team of the Week honor. But he also remains the team’s most active (and accurate) passer offensively while creating the most chances when he’s onfield. If he can turn in a game like he did Sunday night, it only helps Loudoun’s chances.
Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw, GA)
Kickoff time: 7:30pm Eastern
Projected Loudoun starting 11: Along with Bustamante, Earl Edwards Jr. will probably come to Georgia on loan from D.C., as would Gordon Wild, returning to play his former team. There may be a shot of rotation involved but coach Ryan Martin likes to shuffle things up every so often in his short tenure.
Starters: Edwards; Connor Presley, Collin Verfurth, Harri Hawkins, Peabo Doue; Nelson Martinez, Bustamante; Carlos Alvarez, Wild, Christian Sorto; Kyle Murphy
Bench: Calle Brown, Allexon Saravia, Jacob Greene, Moses Nyeman, Theodore Ku-DiPietro, Orlando Sinclair, Elvis Amoh
Key ATL2 player: Bienvenue Kanakimana
ATL2 has been bad this season. Most goals and shots allowed in the East, or close to it, and bottom 3 in the USL Championship. Andrew Carleton may come down for the start on this one, but Kanakimana has scored 3 in his last two games, and going down a side that could see Connor Presley and Wild, may prove to be a bit of a tricky track meet for Loudoun’s right side.
Referee: Kevin Broadley
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What are you drinking?: Fantasy Camp, Bluejacket. Blended barrel-aged stout conditioned on marshmallow, graham cracker, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs. It’s like camping and summer, right?
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