Atlanta United seek recipe to break home losing streak

Atlanta United hope to take advantage of Thiago Almada's final moments to beat Toronto FC
Atlanta United FC v St Louis City SC
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Atlanta United are discovering themselves. Unbeaten in three games, with one win and two draws, the team is looking to rediscover its magic at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where it hasn't won since the end of March. Under interim coach Rob Valentino, the club is showing signs of recovery, but the task of picking up three points at home remains a crucial challenge. The hope? Thiago Almada. The Argentine, with 2 goals and 1 assist in his last four games, is the beacon of hope amid the transfer rumors that have been swirling around his career.

Since dismissing Giorgos Giakoumakis, Atlanta United have one Designated Player spot open, with another potentially available in the secondary transfer window from July 18 to August 14. With Almada's possible departure to Brazilian side Botafogo, it would be a solution for the team to get a reinforcement without losing technical quality. Which turns out to be complicated. However, Valentino's presence at the helm has also brought a new dynamic to the team, a breath of fresh air that could be just what the Five Stripes need to reinvigorate their season.

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Meanwhile, Toronto FC are going through a dark period. Three consecutive defeats and six games without a win weigh heavily on the shoulders of the players and coach John Herdman. The promising start to the season, which exceeded expectations, now seems like a distant memory. To turn things around, Italian stars Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne need to show what they've come for. Without them at their best, Toronto FC will continue downhill.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be the stage where both Atlanta and Toronto have the chance to redefine their trajectories. For Atlanta, it's a chance to break their home losing streak and show that Valentino's work is having an effect. For Toronto, it's a chance to silence the critics and show that they still have the guts to fight for something this season. Bernardeschi and Insigne, with their skills and experience, have the potential to turn the tide in Toronto's favor, but that will require a flawless performance.

The truth is that Atlanta United have a golden opportunity to show their fans that the lean season is coming to an end. With Almada in the spotlight and Valentino adjusting the team's gears, a win at home would not only bring the three points, but would also reignite the fans' passion. And let's face it, there's nothing like the taste of victory at home to give you that extra boost in the championship.