PANIC MODE Atlanta United sit below the red line for the first time since June and this is terrible news. We must start winning games, something we haven't done IN MORE THAN A MONTH! What's that you say? Oh, we're at least two matches behind anyone and this week is our first match in 17 days? And we have two matches this week against teams who have been below the red line for most of the season? So, we don't need to panic? Huh... The first of these matches should be the easiest. But we've said that twice already and look where that's gotten us. Atlanta United haven't played since Aug. 6 when the team played possibly the worst it has all season and managed a point at Sporting KC. Unfortunately, Montreal is on a four-game winning streak and Columbus has picked up a couple of wins while we laid dormant. On paper, Atlanta should be able to defeat D.C. United, but twice DCU has defeated Atlanta in confounding fashion. The Capital club have scored only 20 goals this season and have given up 44. That's right, they have a -24 GD and have only played 22 matches. However, they've outscored Atlanta 5-2 in two matches. DC play a style of soccer that has derailed Atlanta all season; DC's sit-back-and-hope-we-get-some-luck approach has seemingly only worked against the Five Stripes, but teams like Vancouver, Colorado and San Jose have had success using this as well. Now, I'm not one to make absolute claims, but if Atlanta wants to make make this final push for the playoffs, it starts with these final August matches. AUFC is currently in 7th place with 35 points, 1 point behind both Columbus and Montreal and 3 points behind NYRB for fourth. Josef Martinez fully trained (from what I could see) at the MBS opener on Saturday and will hopefully play on Wednesday. Actually, he's only played 27 minutes against DCU all season. Will Atlanta finally win against DC? Will DC's newest water park be ready for a soccer match? What are your projected lineups?