Atlanta United is Out


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ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 30: Atlanta’s Hector Villalba (15) consoles teammate Franco Escobar (2) following the conclusion of the MLS playoff match between Toronto FC and Atlanta United FC on October 30th, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ashfiq Islam, Staff Writer

Atlanta United lost to Toronto FC 2-1 on Wednesday, October 30th, meaning they wouldn’t progress onto the final stage of the MLS Playoffs. Over the course of this season, Atlanta won two trophies, only a week apart from each other, while dealing with the huge loss of Miguel Almiron and the appointment of a new coach, Frank de Boer. Not many teams win two trophies after losing such a key player. Of course, Atlanta didn’t win the MLS Cup, which was a disappointment to fans everywhere. I think last year’s success of winning the cup left us wanting more, wanting to be reigning champions for another year. Hopefully, Atlanta will do even better in the 2020 season. They have several months to prepare and get the team ready for a spectacular 2020 season. 

So was this season a failure? No, it wasn’t a failure by any means. If anything, it was a huge success. Atlanta had to deal with losing many good players and a new coach but still managed to win two trophies. Losing in the Conference Finals doesn’t mean they failed this season. It means they need to rebuild. It means they need to become stronger and hit back harder. It means we, as fans, need to push Atlanta further than we have ever before. Once we do that, maybe we can win the MLS Cup once more. If there’s a problem in the team you notice that others don’t, call it out. It could cause more people to speak up, and demand that change in the team. Don’t be a bystander, be a fan. After all, what’s a team without their fans?