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Atlanta United learned lessons from loss to Red Bulls

The last time Atlanta United played New York Red Bulls, it didn’t go well. That’s putting it mildly. The final score – a 2-0 Red Bulls win – didn’t tell how comprehensively they pressed, harassed and outplayed the Five Stripes in, at that point, the biggest game in the team’s short history. Now, the teams will face off again in the Eastern Conference finals. The...


Robinson shines for Atlanta United in MLS playoff game

Robinson shines for Atlanta United in MLS playoff game

Though a surprise starter and having never appeared in an MLS playoff game, Miles Robinson was one of Atlanta United’s best players in its 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday, according to manager Gerardo Martino. “He defended well, which was his main job tonight,” Martino said. “He did a few things that we practiced throughout the week.
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8:  Finished with three saves, claimed two crosses and dealt with David Villa’s shenanigans throughout the night. ... Tough save in the 16th minute to preserve a 0-0 tie. ... Not much he could...
Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls in MLS East finals

Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls in MLS East finals

After being pipped by them for the Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta United will play New York Red Bulls for the right to play for the MLS Cup. The two teams will face off in the Eastern Conference finals of the MLS playoffs. Atlanta United advanced by defeating NYCFC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in the first leg and 3-1 in the second leg at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United advances in MLS playoffs

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United advances in MLS playoffs

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9 FM and SoccerDownHere.net discuss Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
More than just a pretty team, Atlanta United is playoff tough, too

More than just a pretty team, Atlanta United is playoff tough, too

The Illustrated Playoff History of Atlanta United is a brief tome. But being set in Atlanta, you know that even this virtual pamphlet had to contain a high concentration of bitter dregs.     Sunday, though, was an entirely new chapter. The second-year soccer team won a playoff game for the first time at home, and won it resoundingly.
Atlanta United sets MLS playoff record; surpasses a million tickets sold on season

Atlanta United sets MLS playoff record; surpasses a million tickets sold on season

Atlanta United surpassed one million in tickets sold and distributed  this season and set a new MLS playoff record with Sunday’s announced attendance of 70,526 for the second leg of the MLS playoff series against NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The one million total includes all home games (MLS and U.S. Open Cup) hosted by Atlanta United at the stadium.
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s starting 11 against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United won the first leg 1-0 at Yankee Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who finished fifth in the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting.  Centerback Miles Robinson, who will make just his fourth start this season. He is in for the injured Jeff Larentowicz.
Atlanta United’s Almiron, Martinez in MLS Best XI

Atlanta United’s Almiron, Martinez in MLS Best XI

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez and midfielder MIguel Almiron were selected to the MLS Best XI team, which was revealed by the league on Sunday. Martinez set a league single-season scoring record with 31 goals. Almiron scored 12 goals and added 14 assists for the Five Stripes, which finished tied for the second-most points in league history (69).
Atlanta United not interested in NYCFC mind games

Atlanta United not interested in NYCFC mind games

Atlanta United brushed aside NYCFC’s attempts to play mind games ahead of the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, which is scheduled for Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta United’s Larentowicz not certain for Sunday’s second leg

Atlanta United’s Larentowicz not certain for Sunday’s second leg

Atlanta United’s Jeff Larentowicz is dealing with a muscle injury and may not be available for Sunday’s second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals against NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Manager Gerardo Martino said Friday that Larentowicz sustained the issue during last week’s game, which Atlanta United won 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.
Atlanta United’s Martino explains why he spoke English

Atlanta United’s Martino explains why he spoke English

Though it created a bit of a stir with regard to the U.S. men’s national team, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said he had a simple reason for speaking English during the halftime interview from last week’s semifinal at NYCFC. “(Justin) wasn’t close by,” Martino said of his interpreter, Justin Veldhuis.
Atlanta United seems set on set pieces in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United seems set on set pieces in MLS playoffs

If Atlanta United can execute its set pieces in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as well as it did in the first leg at Yankee Stadium, it seems likely that the Five Stripes will move on to the next round. Atlanta United scored two goals (one was disallowed) and Franco Escobar admits he missed a great chance to score a third in its 1-0 win.
Mark Geiger will referee Atlanta United vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Mark Geiger will referee Atlanta United vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Mark Geiger, considered one of the best referees in MLS, will work Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal between Atlanta United and NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United won the game’s first leg 1-0. The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
PRO explains two decisions from Atlanta United vs. NYCFC

PRO explains two decisions from Atlanta United vs. NYCFC

The Professional Referee Organization expanded on decisions made by referee Kevin Stott in Atlanta United’s 1-0 win against NYCFC in last week’s Eastern Conference playoff semifinal game at Yankee Stadium.
Defense will again be Atlanta United’s focus

Defense will again be Atlanta United’s focus

Atlanta United’s Julian Gressel said there is no need to make this complicated. Win or draw to defend his team’s 1-0 lead against NYCFC when they meet in the second leg of the Eastern Conference playoff semifinal on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
U.S. team calls up Atlanta United’s Guzan, Nagbe

U.S. team calls up Atlanta United’s Guzan, Nagbe

Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan and Darlington Nagbe received international call-ups to the U.S. Men’s National Team for upcoming friendlies in Europe. The upcoming FIFA window is Nov. 12-20 meaning the two key players won’t miss MLS time for international games with the USMNT against England at London’s Wembley Stadium on Nov. 15 and Italy in Belgium on Nov. 20.
Time change for Atlanta United in MLS playoffs

Time change for Atlanta United in MLS playoffs

The second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal between Atlanta United and NYCFC on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will start at 5:30 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 5 p.m. Atlanta United leads the series 1-0 after Eric Remedi’s goal in last week’s win at Yankee Stadium.
MLS Power Poll: Playoff results force a change at top

MLS Power Poll: Playoff results force a change at top

  It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego. Last week: 3. Result: 1-0 win at NYCFC in Eastern Conference semifinals.
Atlanta United ready for second leg of MLS playoffs

Atlanta United ready for second leg of MLS playoffs

Same fire. Different tactics. Whatever may be needed, Atlanta United says it will be ready for the next leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series against NYCFC. Atlanta United won the first leg, 1-0, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The second leg will be at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta United finds its footballing way again

Atlanta United finds its footballing way again

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was pushed down. He got back up. Greg Garza was kicked. He got back up. Josef Martinez threw himself into a tackle to stop a shot. He got back up. It’s not just that Atlanta United defeated NYCFC 1-0 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, a place the Cityzenz lost just once this season, in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 0

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses Atlanta United’s 1-0 win against NYCFC in the first of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 0: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players after Sunday’s 1-0 win against NYCFC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series at Yankee Stadium. The second leg will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 11. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Didn’t have to make a save, claimed two crosses and punched another way.
Atlanta United takes first leg of MLS playoffs against NYCFC

Atlanta United takes first leg of MLS playoffs against NYCFC

Playing with confidence and with the poise the moment demanded, Atlanta United defeated NYCFC 1-0 on Sunday in the first leg of an MLS Eastern Conference semifinal at Yankee Stadium. Eric Remedi’s first goal for Atlanta United proved the difference, giving his team a crucial away goal before the teams play the second leg at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 11.
Almiron in Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Almiron in Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against NYCFC in Yankee Stadium in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who made a franchise-record nine saves in the previous game here. Fullback Franco Escobar, who can’t get caught up field. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain.
Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: Who has the edge?

Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: Who has the edge?

A position-by-position look at today’s MLS playoff matchup between Atlanta United and NYCFC at Yankee Stadium. The return leg will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on  Nov. 11. Because the game will be played at the ridiculously small pitch at Yankee Stadium, my choice for which group gets the advantage will be slightly skewed toward NYCFC. Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan vs.
Atlanta United’s intensity missing recently in big games

Atlanta United’s intensity missing recently in big games

About to face NYCFC in Yankee Stadium in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals, Atlanta United isn’t running away from the fact that it has a recent problem with intensity.
Small NYCFC pitch? Small problem, says Atlanta United

Small NYCFC pitch? Small problem, says Atlanta United

Atlanta United isn’t doing anything different in training to prepare for the oddness of playing soccer at Yankee Stadium, with its tiny pitch that may provide one of the biggest advantages of any soccer field around the world. Atlanta United will face NYCFC in the Bronx on Sunday in the first leg of a two-legged series in the MLS playoffs.
Atlanta United without 3 players for NYCFC in MLS playoff game

Atlanta United without 3 players for NYCFC in MLS playoff game

Atlanta United will play without Chris McCann, Andrew Carleton and Brandon Vazquez for Sunday’s playoff game against NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, according to manager Gerardo Martino. McCann suffered a left quad injury in last week’s loss at Toronto. He is expected to miss the next three weeks. Carleton suffered an injury when he was stepped on during training last week.
Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: 3 questions

Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: 3 questions

Atlanta United will face NYCFC on Sunday in the first leg of a two-legged Eastern Conference semifinal in the MLS playoffs. The return game will be Nov. 11 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The teams drew 2-2 and 1-1 in their previous two meetings this season. Michael Lewis (@soccerwriter) answered three questions about Sunday’s game.
Braves’ Inciarte gives Atlanta United’s Martinez a special delivery

Braves’ Inciarte gives Atlanta United’s Martinez a special delivery

Josef Martinez smiled when he saw the Golden Boot, the trophy earned by finishing as the leading scorer in MLS with a league-record 31 goals. His smile grew even more bright when he saw the courier: Braves outfielder, and Martinez’s friend and fellow Venezuelan, Ender Inciarte. “Special delivery, baby,” Inciarte said as he walked around a corner toward Martinez.
Atlanta United’s Garza glad to be back

Atlanta United’s Garza glad to be back

Greg Garza thought his season with Atlanta United was done after undergoing surgery in late May to repair a torn labrum in his oft-injured right shoulder. The timeline for recovery was four months. Rehab began. The work was rewarded when Garza came on as a first-half sub for the injured Chris McCann in last week’s 4-1 loss at Toronto in the regular-season finale.
Atlanta United will face New York City FC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United will face New York City FC in MLS playoffs

Atlanta United will face New York City FC in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the MLS playoffs. The first game will be Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The return game will be Nov. 11 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Times for Sunday’s game will be announced either Thursday night or Friday morning after the knockout round games.
Atlanta United has two finalists for MLS MVP

Atlanta United has two finalists for MLS MVP

Four Atlanta United players are finalists for MLS end of year awards, including two MVP candidates, the league announced on Wednesday. Each category includes between three and five finalists.
Atlanta United’s Almiron returns to training

Atlanta United’s Almiron returns to training

Atlanta United could have its first-choice 11 for Sunday’s playoff game with the return of Miguel Almiron. The influential midfielder returned to training with Atlanta United’s first team on Tuesday as it prepares for its MLS playoff game on Sunday. However, he didn’t train with them on Wednesday.
PRO explains why Atlanta United’s goal was disallowed at Toronto

PRO explains why Atlanta United’s goal was disallowed at Toronto

Julian Gressel’s goal in the 63rd minute against Toronto on Sunday was called back because the assistant referee judged Josef Martinez to be offside, the Professional Referees Organization said on Tuesday. The call came in a pivotal moment in the game. Trailing 2-0, Atlanta United was attempting to rally at BMO Field.
MLS Power Poll: Atlanta United drops

MLS Power Poll: Atlanta United drops

It’s time for my weekly MLS Power Poll, the only MLS Power Poll that recognizes that arbitrarily ranking teams means nothing in the grand scheme of things and is done just to spark debate and not attach importance to the reporter’s ego. Last week: 1. Result: 1-0 win vs. Orlando. How they got here: WLWLWLWWWWDLDWWWLWWWLWWDDWWLDWWWWW.
Atlanta United focused on what’s ahead: MLS playoffs

Atlanta United focused on what’s ahead: MLS playoffs

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino stressed that there can’t be a hangover from Sunday’s disappointing 4-1 loss at Toronto when his team starts the playoffs on Nov. 4. “Something new is starting,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the regular season and what ended today.
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