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Atlanta United are finally MLS Cup champions, so we finally have an HDAD for y’all.
A special interview with Sebastian Salazar of ESPN.
Atlanta now heads to New York for the deciding match of the tie with a three goal lead in tow. Anything less than three goals means a win for Atlanta. An away goal means that Red Bulls would have to score five goals against a team that has only been scored on once in three playoff games. In short: Atlanta could totally still mess this up, but it would be really, really hard.
Atlanta United have won their first-ever playoff series and defeating New York City FC 3-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate to advance to the Eastern conference finals. A brace from Josef Martinez and a wonderful free kick by Miguel Almiron was more than enough to send the Five Stripes through. Atlanta will now play the winner of Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls after the upcoming international break for a spot in MLS Cup.
Last weekend, Atlanta United went on the road in a big game and laid a total egg, looking nervous, unsure of itself and mistake-prone.
What a difference a week makes.
Sunday, the team in Five Stripes looked like a different group altogether. While the team welcomed Miguel Almiron and Greg Garza back to the starting XI, it wasn’t the personnel that made the difference so much as it was the mentality of the team. Atlanta United looked strong in the challenge, smart in it’s distribution of the ball (specifically in not taking on unnecessary risk), and made the most of opportunities to attack NYCFC on a tiny pitch in Yankee Stadium.
Atlanta United bounced back in a big way from a disappointing Decision Day loss to get a valuable 1-0 win on the road in New York. Atlanta has put itself in a position to advance past NYCFC if it can keep a clean sheet in the return fixture next week in Atlanta.
Four goals were more than enough to see Toronto FC through to victory against Atlanta United on the final day of the MLS regular season with a final score of 4-1. Coupled with a win by New York Red Bulls, Atlanta lost its grip on the Supporters Shield, a devastating blow for fans and players alike. Hopefully Atlanta can regroup as it heads into the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Joe and Sam are back together again, and this time they’re talking about Atlanta United’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in the final regular season home game of the season. Atlanta United manager Tata Martino was tasked with replacing two of the team’s most dynamic attacking players in Miguel Almiron and Tito Villalba. Martino elected to go with the kids, choosing teenagers Andrew Carleton and Ezequiel Barco to fill in along the attacking line.
Atlanta claimed victory as rumors continue to swirl around Martino’s long-term status as the manager of the team. He declined once again to talk about the rumors after the game, but it’s clear that any uncertainty about his future is not impacting the players on the field. Despite the close score, the result never seemed to be in much danger, and Atlanta missed out on several clear scoring chances to add to its lead.
With the win, Atlanta United claimed a berth in the 2019 ScotiaBank CONCACAF Champions League and is one win away from clinching the club’s first trophy when it visits Toronto FC on Decision Day (Sunday).
Five Stripe Final is back after a hiatus to preview (sort of) Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire this coming weekend. Sam and Joe are joined by Dirty South Soccer Founder Rob Usry to discuss some of the happenings over the last couple of boring weeks.
In the biggest game of the year in MLS, New York Red Bulls suffocated Atlanta United on the way to a 2-0 win that brings the Supporters’ Shield race to nearly a dead heat with three games remaining.
It took seven minutes for Atlanta United to move the ball past midfield. Red Bulls pressed the Five Stripes into submission and found themselves with multiple chances. A potential penalty on a Brad Guzan tackle went to VAR and was overturned, and a Tim Parker goal was ruled just offside. Atlanta touched the ball in the 18-yard-box maybe twice.
Eventually, the pressing paid off. A New York corner redirected goalward and Chris McCann slapped the ball for a Red Bulls penalty. This one would not be overturned.
Atlanta United returns home up one point in the Supporters’ Shield standings. With three games remaining, Red Bulls will face San Jose, Philadelphia and Orlando City. Atlanta United will likely need to win all three of their remaining games to earn their first trophy in club history.
The Five Stripes face New England on Saturday in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.