Atlanta United Advances


Ashfiq Islam, Staff Writer

In their first-ever win against the Red Bulls, and possibly the most important game in their history, Atlanta demolished New York 3-0. Though it was just the first leg, they have a huge lead going into the second leg at Red Bull Arena. Goals were scored by Josef Martinez, Franco Escobar, and Tito Villalba. Franco Escobar was named the man of the match. The Five Stripes play again on Thursday and if they win that game, or tie, or even lose with 3 goals or less, they’ll still advance to the Cup Final. Due to the away goals rule, if the Five Stripes score one goal, the Red Bulls would need to score 5 to proceed. If they scored 4, Atlanta would advance, even if the game was tied 4-4.

The team that wins the series will end up hosting the cup final. Atlanta put on an amazing show last night and everyone hopes they can do it again at Red Bull Arena and possibly even back at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the final. Sadly, Tata Martino, the general manager for Atlanta United, will possibly be coaching his last game for Atlanta United on Thursday unless they progress against the Red Bulls.

In the Western Conference, Portland and Sporting KC tied 0-0 in the first leg. The second leg will be played at Children’s Mercy Park (Home of Sporting KC). That means Portland will have the away goals advantage. If Atlanta advances, they would preferably want to face the Portland Timbers because they are the worst of the two Western Conference teams on record.