Atlanta United faces Orlando City SC in a MLS regular season match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, August 29, 2020 (8/29/20).
The contest will be played without fans in attendance as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Atlanta United FC plays Orlando City SC after Gonzalo Martinez registered two goals against Nashville SC.
Atlanta United FC finished 18-12-4 overall during the 2019 season while going 12-2-3 at home. Atlanta United FC scored 62 goals a season ago while allowing opponents to score 45.
Orlando City SC compiled a 9-15-10 record overall during the 2019 season while finishing 6-8-3 in home games. Orlando City SC scored 44 goals last season while allowing opponents to score 52.
Five Major League Soccer matches were postponed Wednesday night as players made a collective statement against racial injustice.
The action came after all three NBA playoff games were called off in a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin on Sunday night.
Players from games between Atlanta United and Inter Miami, FC Dallas and Colorado, Portland and San Jose, Real Salt Lake and LAFC, and the LA Galaxy and Seattle all decided not to play in solidarity.
Colorado forward Kei Kamara posted on social media: “We made a decision together as players and staffs to not play our game tonight because there’s more happening in our country to distract our minds to soccer. This is the first time I can agree to the saying `It’s just a game.’”
Atlanta United released a statement before its scheduled game against Inter Miami in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a group discussion, the players all gathered on the field before the game, arm in arm.
“We stand in solidarity with the Black community, with our players, our city and our fans in the fight against injustice,” the statement said. “We must use our voices to be the change.”
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