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There's a lot of optimism when Toronto FC and Atlanta United meet

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The two teams in the lower half of the Eastern Conference will meet on Saturday night, when Toronto FC will host Atlanta United FC.

Thanks to the goals of Luiz Araújo and Josef Martinez, Atlanta United (5-5-4, 19 points) defeated Inter Miami CF 2-0 on Sunday. Martinez is currently playing against Toronto FC. Toronto FC is the club where he scored four goals.

During the season, Martinez has three goals and three assists in seven games. He returned to training in May after recovering from knee surgery, and the former Golden Boot winner is finally taking shape.

"I feel much better," Martinez said. "I've been out for a long time and still need to rhythm, but I feel good."

Toronto (4-8-3, 15 points) spotted in the Canadian Championship finals He won three of the last four games in all tournaments, including a 4-0 victory over CF Montréal on Wednesday to win. However, the club lost the latest MLS clash 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

"It's a really bad way to start a match," Toronto coach Bob Bradley said of the match against the Red Bulls. "The second goal is the killer. That's a shame."

Toronto recently added Italian winger Lorenzo Splint with a free transfer, but will make its MLS debut until July 9th. There are no plans. He is expected to intensify his attack on Toronto by scoring nearly 100 goals in his 12-season career in Serie A's Naples.

However, until Incine begins to play, the team will continue to rely on Jesus Jimenez, who is fifth in the league with seven goals. He also has three assists.

Saturday's match is the first of two regular season meetings between Atlanta and Toronto. They will play again in Atlanta on September 10th.

– Field-level media