Last week saw the start of the 2017 MLS season, with New York Red Bulls notably coming back from 1-0 down to beat new boys, Atlanta United 2-1.

This Sunday at 21:00 [UK time], Atlanta travel to fellow expansion side, Minnesota United FC.

Atlanta United faced defeat in their first MLS game.

Sunday’s derby will see one of the new expansion sides pick up their first three points of the season after both sides lost out in their opening fixture with Minnesota losing 5-1 at Portland.

Following both sides having a difficult start to their life in the MLS, the three points up for grabs will be even more valuable. The two newbies have a number of talented players in their ranks and are eager to impress in their first season as a Major League Soccer side.

Both sides have one injury in their squad at this early stage of the season. The home side, Minnesota will be without Bernardo Anor who is ruled out with a hamstring injury, where as former FC Dallas defender, Zach Lloyd is set to be sidelined for Atlanta United after picking up a groin injury.

<> at Providence Park on March 3, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
Minnesota United suffered a heavy defeat as they kicked off their MLS campaign.

One major setback for Atlanta is the suspended Carlos Carmona, who was sent off against New York Red Bulls last week.

The Chilean who has 50 international caps to his name operates in the centre of midfield but luckily this is an area of strength for the away side.

The main players who are most likely to play in this position include:  Kevin Kratz, Jeff Larentowicz and former Burnley player, Chris McCann.

On the other hand, young talent is available for Gerardo Martino’s side with open day’s surprise star, Julian Gressel also available as he continues to impress during his first MLS season.

Julian Gressel (Number 24) playing against New York Red Bulls.

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