2. Eric Remedi
Despite Almiron’s ability to change this team on a whim, and despite Josef Martinez’s brace in the return leg against NYCFC, Eric Remedi may have been the team’s most valuable player in the Eastern Conference semi-final.
Remedi was a pure midfield destroyer, stopping any chance of NYCFC getting a good look on goal in open play. He also scored Atlanta’s only road goal in the first leg at Yankee Stadium. His presence and play was crucial to Atlanta winning the series and advancing further in to the playoffs.
So, can Remedi do the same in this series?
I believe he can, and I believe his ability shut down opponents will be the determining factor into whether or not Atlanta advances. Remedi will have to play a slightly different role in this series though. Against NYCFC he helped stop any of the opposing team’s attacks. Against the Red Bulls, however, he will have to help his teammates break through the high press.
Remedi will have to drop back as an outlet and help Atlanta pass through New York’s press if that’s how they approach this series. If he is not confident on the ball and does not play well, Atlanta will be doomed.