Nov 25, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez (7) arrives prior to the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Championship against the New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The starting lineups are out for Sunday’s first leg of the Eastern Conference final between host Atlanta United and Supporters Shield winners, the New York Red Bulls.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will broadcast the match.
An injury to Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence means Connor Lade will start instead, alongside Aaron Long, Tim Parker and Michael Amir Murillo on the back line. Lawrence is day-to-day after “taking a knock in training,” according to the club.
They will be charged with stopping Atlanta’s MLS Golden Boot winner Josef Martinez and playmaker Miguel Almiron, who are both finalists for league MVP.
The Red Bulls had no trouble during the regular season, beating Atlanta 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in May and 2-0 at Red Bull Arena in September.
See the full lineups below, and catch up on all the MLS Cup Playoffs results here. After the match, see a full recap and highlights. You can also follow along with live match stats and scores for both of Sunday night’s conference finals. The Portland Timbers host Sporting Kansas City later at 7:30 p.m. ET in the first leg of the Western Conference final.
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