1. Franco Escobar
The Five Stripes might need another big showing from the right back. With Almiron out because of injury, Villalba most likely out with injury, and Martinez failing to produce goals, Escobar may have to step it up. Whether or not this occurs on the score sheet is irrelevant. His goal against Chicago was extremely helpful, but any contributions will be accepted. His defensive play was stellar and he helped with the offensive build up multiple times.
Atlanta will need more of that this weekend against Toronto. Unfortunately, Escobar has yet to face Toronto. The Reds play Atlanta with an intensity like no other, so if Escobar is going to play, he must prepare for that intensity. On the flip side, playing Escobar might be an advantage. Since Toronto has not seen him, Atlanta may be able to throw Toronto off guard with his skill.
I am expecting Escobar to start based off of his recent performance and based off the formation Martino has been playing recently. His playing time has been inconsistent recently because of injuries to other players, formation changes, and tough scheduling. Having Escobar back in the starting XI this weekend will provide more consistency and a chance for Escobar to build off of his recent performance.