1- Atlanta United 2 will be looking for their second straight win against a top team in the Eastern Conference tonight at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts as they face New England Revolution II. The Revs come into this one with a 3-0-3 record in their last six matches, including a wild 5-4 win at Orlando on Wednesday. That win put New England into second place in the conference, four points behind the leaders Crown Legacy and one point ahead of the defending champions Columbus Crew 2. Atlanta is in tenth place in the East, six points out of the final playoff spot with six matches to play after Chicago's 5-1 win at Cincinnati on Thursday.
2- Atlanta will be looking to build on Wednesday's 3-1 win against the top team in the league Crown Legacy, with all three goals coming from corners. However, the lineup will look pretty different for Steve Cooke's squad tonight as he will be without Adyn Torres due to yellow card accumulation along with missing the first team players who played a friendly behind closed doors yesterday against St. Louis and are preparing for the return to MLS play next Sunday in Seattle.
3- You can listen to the Atlanta United 2 match tonight here on SDH Network starting at 6:45pm. Listen here at soccerdownhere.net, the SDH app, or on the Spreaker app.
4- It's local college exhibition season as both men's and women's teams are preparing for the upcoming seasons. Thursday night saw Georgia State host Clayton State's women, last night the men also hosted the Lakers. In a really competitive exhibition, it finished 1-1. Geo Rios continued his hot form from his NPSL season with Apotheos FC with a brilliantly taken goal for Clayton State, Ethan Sassine scored the equalizer for the Panthers. In other action around the state, Georgia Southern's women defeated Kennesaw State 2-0 in Statesboro while the Eagles men traveled to Rock Hill, SC to play an exhibition with Winthrop last night. Georgia State's women return to action this afternoon, hosting Chattanooga for a noon kickoff in their final exhibition before the season opener on Thursday night.
5- Former Atlanta United academy and current Mercer midfielder Dylan Gaither was named to the 2023 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division 1 Players to Watch list. Gaither scored six goals and added ten assists in 2022, was first team All-Southern Conference, and was named to the USC All-South Region second team.
6- In a day that was set to be the one where Harry Kane lifted his first trophy, it was Dani Olmo and RB Leipzig that stole the headlines as Die Roten Bullen defeated Bayern 3-0 in the German Supercup. Olmo scored all three goals for Leipzig. After his signing was announced earlier in the day, Kane came on in the second half as a sub but failed to get on the scoresheet.
7- Roberto Mancini caught everyone by surprise by resigning on Sunday morning, ending a stint with the national team that included a European Championship title in 2021 but also saw the team fail to qualify for last year’s World Cup. The Azzurri are back in action with Euro 2024 qualifiers in less than a month against North Macedonia and Ukraine. Earlier this month, the Italian federation had announced that Mancini would be given additional authority as he would oversee the U20 and U21 youth national teams.
8- Rumors in Mexico have Club América chasing the free agent signing of legendary Spanish center back Sergio Ramos. At 37 years old and without a club after his stint at PSG came to an end, Ramos would be a huge addition for Las Aguilas and for Liga MX. He is also considering offers from MLS clubs and Saudi clubs, as a free agent he could be signed outside the MLS transfer window. As with all rumors, take it with a grain of salt. (AS)
9- The injury crisis at Real Madrid is grown as they have now lost Eder Militao to an ACL injury. After Thibault Courtois suffered a ligament injury in training, Militao had to leave the La Liga opener in the second half in tears. Madrid earned the three points in a 2-0 win over Athletic Club, but they now only have three healthy center backs and are chasing replacements for both Courtois and now Militao.
10- Former United States men's national team player Julian Green was the victim of racist abuse in a German Cup game on Saturday. On the Fürth club website, Green said a fan racially abused him during the game. Fürth manager Alex Zorniger said the abuse occurred repeatedly and called for other fans to intervene in cases of racist abuse. "The stadium was 95% full. There were enough people there who could have intervened," Zorniger said in comments reported by Germán news agency dpa.
11- Your song of the day is "Summer in the City" by the Lovin' Spoonful. It went to #1 in on the US singles charts on this day in 1966 and stayed there for seven weeks.