The Eastern Conference’s bottom two teams go head-to-head, making this one must win for both.
Last weekend, D.C. United suffered their biggest-ever defeat at home, hammered 6-0 by Philadelphia Union.
Wayne Rooney described the performance as ‘embarrassing’ with the Black-and-Red having taken just one point from their last five games.
This leaves the capital club at the foot of the overall standings, four points below the next-lowest club.
Atlanta United meanwhile are just one place but eight points better off in the east.
The Five Stripes battled to a 2-2 draw at Columbus Crew last weekend.
Santiago Sosa breaking the deadlock at Lower.com Field before Juan Sánchez Purata’s header salvaged a draw.
However, Gonzalo Pineda’s team have only won one of their last seven, only winning four home games since their last road victory at D.C. on 2 April.
So, if the 2018 MLS Cup champions are to make a late play-off push, this one at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is surely must win.