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Atlanta United vs. Montreal Impact, full-time: Five Stripes pull away late for the win

The Five Stripes go for seven straight unbeaten.

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Full-time - That’s it. After a frustrating first half, Atlanta United turn on the jets in the second and pull away from the Impact. It wasn’t always pretty, but it’s seven straight without a loss for the Five Stripes.

90+4’ - Kevin Kratz has done it again! The free kick master fooled everyone with a stunning set piece to make it 4-1.

84’ - Miguel Almiron has extended the lead to 3-1! On a counter-attack, the ball took a lucky bounce to find Miggy open and he finished nicely.

79’ - Atlanta United lead! Second half substitute Kevin Kratz has put the Five Stripes ahead with a beautiful free kick.

70’ - Miguel Almiron has tied the match up with his fourth penalty of the season, his fifth goal overall.

Half-time - A frustrating opening 45 minutes for Atlanta as they dominated possession and the chances, only to go into the break down a goal. A half left to turn this one around.

13’ - Montreal take an early lead against the run of play. Their first chance of the game is finished easily by Saphir Taider. A cross from the right flank found the midfielder unmarked in the box, and he made no mistake.

Pre-Match: Atlanta United return home once again looking to continue their great run of form. This week’s opponent is the Montreal Impact. While this seems a mismatch on paper with Atlanta already ahead of the guests by 10 points in the Eastern conference standings, they can’t afford a slip-up against a team they should beat.

Look no further than last season as cause for concern. Several times Atlanta fell to lesser sides, including on three different occasions to D.C. United, who was statistically the worst team in the league. Can the Five Stripes avoid complacency and get the job done?

Tata Martino continues to regain some of his chess pieces as Tito Villalba has returned to full training and should be available for selection. This could be the first time all season we see a “first choice” lineup.

Atlanta United are unbeaten in six straight games, with five wins during that stretch. Will they make it seven today?

Note: We’re trying something new with our match threads this year. We’ll be updating the post with updates of goals and big moments as they happen. Check back every so often during the match for highlights and commentary.

Atlanta United’s Lineup:

Montreal Impacts Lineup:

How to Watch

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Available TV: FOX Sports South

Available Streaming: fuboTV (free trial), FOX Sports GO, ESPN+ (Outside Local Viewing Area)

Available Radio: 92.9 The Game (English), AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope), La Mejor 1600 AM (Spanish)

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