3. May 24 vs Inter Miami
Nashville SC aren’t the only expansion club making their debut in MLS this season. Inter Miami, the franchise partly owned by David Beckham, will also make its league debut in 2020. With Miami’s placement in the Eastern Conference, that also means Atlanta United will meet the Florida team twice in 2020.
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This will be the first of many matches between these clubs and, in this iteration, Atlanta have the pleasure of hosting Miami at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Although this isn’t one of the six matches with a full stadium configuration, this should still be a raucous occasion. At this point in the season, fans will know just how legit Miami are. Assuming the new kids on the block are playing well, this should be a fun match.
Miami’s biggest offseason signing, Rodolfo Pizarro, will make his return to Mercedes Benz Stadium after visiting in 2019 with Monterrey during the CCL quarter-final. Pizarro embarrassed a few Atlanta players that night and will look to do the same with Miami. With a few caps to his name for the Mexican national team, expect Pizarro to draw in some FMF fans from the Atlanta area.
During a recent MLS press conference for the upcoming season, Beckham himself said Atlanta United are the current benchmark club for the league. That adds to what could possibly be a rivalry between two clubs with big ambitions. May 24 gives fans a chance to find out for the first time.