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Recap: Atlanta United loses to Toronto, 4-1

Existence is pain.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United failed to capitalize on a chance to win the Supporters’ Shield, collapsing against Toronto FC in Canada to the tune of 4-1 loss.

Toronto made Atlanta pay for a slow start and a handful of early mistakes. Atlanta struggled to connect on passes in the opening minutes and a horrendous give away in the ninth minute by Jeff Larentowicz led to a deflected shot and an opener for the Reds and Lucas Janson.

With the Five Stripes completely out of sorts, Toronto added a second moments later.

Atlanta United would pull within one in the second half thanks to a Josef Martinez penalty, but Toronto would destroy any and all hope with two more goals to close the game.

Red Bulls win the Shield. The playoffs start November 4.