The New York Red Bulls II took victory when it visited Atlanta United 2 in March and can complete a season sweep on Tuesday night at MSU Soccer Park. | Photo courtesy Atlanta United 2
The two youngest teams in the USL Championship will square off on Tuesday night to kick off Week 23 of the regular season, with the New York Red Bulls II having a chance to complete a season sweep on home turf against an Atlanta United 2 side that is winless in its last seven outings.
Here’s a look ahead to the action.
Venue: MSU Soccer Park
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
538.com Predictor: NY 40%, ATL 36%, Draw 24%
The Lowdown: The New York Red Bulls II will look to break a three-game losing streak as they play host to Atlanta United 2 on Tuesday night, while having a chance to claim a second victory against their visitors this season. The Red Bulls II took a 1-0 victory in March as Jordan Adebayo-Smith scored a second-half goal to send the visitors to victory at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. New York has also won more recently than Atlanta, having taken a 1-0 win against Indy Eleven on July 15 for its first home win of the season, but is coming off a 2-1 defeat to Memphis 901 FC last Wednesday night that saw Adebayo-Smith score a late consolation for his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Atlanta, meanwhile, suffered a 6-0 defeat on Saturday night against Birmingham Legion FC to continue its recent downturn in form that has kept the side in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta will be hoping for a brighter display as it makes the trip north with only 10 games to play in the regular season.
New York Red Bulls II – Zach Ryan: The forward has seen regular action recently for the Red Bulls II and could have a chance to open his account for the side against an Atlanta side that has conceded 17 goals in its past five games.
Atlanta United 2 – Ajani Fortune: The Trinidad and Tobago midfielder has posted a passing accuracy rate of 85 percent this season and will be aiming to have a positive influence as the visitors try to rebound from their heaviest defeat of the season.