Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco #8 passes during the match against Los Angeles FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday August 15, 2021. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

In this edition of the Original Free Kick, we preview Atlanta United’s road contest against D.C. United Aug. 21 as well as recapping the team’s 1-0 home victory against Toronto FC Aug. 18 with audio from interim manager Rob Valentino along with players George Bello, Ezequiel Barco, Brooks Lennon and Amar Sejdic. Topics include the team’s four-match unbeaten streak, the arrival of new Designated Player Luiz Araujo, the usage of a five-man backline featuring three defenders during the streak, the strong current form of Bello and adjusting to pending permanent manager Gonzalo Pineda.

The Sports Inquirer presents Original Free Kick: Atlanta United prepares to visit D.C. United (8.20.21)