FC Cincinnati vs Atlanta United preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Atlanta United play their first match under interim manager Rob Valentino as the Five Stripes visit FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium.

Following a 1-0 loss to New England to extend their winless run to eight games, Gabriel Heinze was dismissed with Valentino taking over. The Orange and Blue are coming off of a 5-4 loss to Montreal and sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings, one behind their visitors.

Team news

FC Cincinnati will be without Allan Cruz and Ronald Mattaritta as they are away for Gold Cup duty with Costa Rica while Yuya Kubo picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and is suspended for this match. Zico Bailey will out for an extended period of time after undergoing surgery for a trapped nerve and Maikel van der Werff remains out with a hernia issue.

Atlanta is missing Ezequiel Barco, away with Argentina for the Olympics, George Bello, Brad Guzan and Miles Robinson are still away with the United States Gold Cup squad, Mohammed Adams (left quad), Emerson Hyndman (ACL surgery) and Franco Ibarra (undisclosed injury).

Predicted lineups

FC Cincinnati: Vermeer; Gyau, Hagglund, Vallecilla, Castillo; Barreal, Cameron, Medunajrin, Atanga; Acosta, Brenner

Atlanta United: Kann; Ambrose, Walkes, Bauer, Lennon; Sosa, Sejdic; López, Moreno, Mulraney; Martinez

Ones to watch

Lucho Acosta, brought over from Atlas in Liga MX, has picked up three goals and three assists in ten appearances. The Orange and Blue hope he continues this form for a club that has only scored 16 times in 12 matches and has been shut out four times.

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Marcelo Moreno has been one of Atlanta's most lethal playmakers this season with three goals and has added two assists this season, leading the Five Stripes in those categories as well as shots on goal (eight), duels won (106) fouls won (44) and possessions won (75).

Previous meeting

Last November, Atlanta United ran out 2-0 winners at home. Jurgen Damm delivered a low, driven cross that Adam Jahn banged home in the eighth minute to open the scoring before a 26th-minute penalty by Moreno.

How to watch

The match will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 with kickoff scheduled for 8pm Eastern time.

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