There’s a big game happening in Seattle on Sunday.
Defending MLS Cup champions Atlanta United travel to the great Pacific Northwest for a sumptuous Week 19 clash (3:55 pm ET | ESPN and ESPN Deportes in US; TSN1 in Canada).
They are two teams considered among the top contenders for MLS Cup this season and they enter the match at CenturyLink Field with nearly identical records and goal totals: Atlanta are 9W-7L-3D (27 goals scored, 23 conceded) and Seattle are 9W-5L-5D (29 goals scored, 25 conceded). Both sit third in their respective conference.
And with players back from international duty, both teams will be close to full strength, and when these sides are full strength, there aren’t many better in the league.
This isn’t a classic battle of defense vs. offense, or pace vs. power or any of the narrative-friendly opposites. Both teams are balanced and can win in different ways.
To preview, let’s compare the two sides position by position: