Full-time: That’s it! Atlanta United defeat the Chicago Fire to extend their unbeaten run to eight in a row. With the win, they jump above NYCFC and sit atop the MLS standings with a game in hand.
61’ - After lackluster first half, it’s all popping off in the second. Chicago have pulled a goal back through Kevin Ellis to make it 2-1. Hold on to your seats.
Ellis with a lovely volley. Chicago pull one back. 2-1 Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/Dh933401RL— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) May 6, 2018
57’ - Just minutes after taking the lead, Atlanta have gone 2-0 up after a simply fantastic team goal. Almiron and Darlington Nagbe combined to set up Josef Martinez for his league-leading seventh goal of the season.
53’ - It’s happened! Ezequiel Barco has notched his first goal in MLS to give Atlanta United a second half lead at the Chicago Fire. Some great work from Miguel Almiron to win possession and set up the teenager for the clinical finish.
Half-time: Well. That was a half of soccer. Nothing much happened except for some physical play. Each team had a few sniffs, but nothing major. 0-0.
Pre-Match: Atlanta United have gone seven straight matches without suffering a defeat, going 6-0-1 during that stretch. Tonight they face a stern challenger to that streak. A trip to the Chicago Fire promises to be a very tough ask.
Last season, the Fire got some revenge for an early season defeat by beating Atlanta at their place. So far this season, they are middle of the pack in the Eastern conference, sitting just below the red playoff line with eight points in seven games. In their most recent game, they came back from a 2-0 deficit away from home against Toronto FC to draw 2-2.
After a 4-0 loss in Houston to start the season, the Five Stripes have been in incredible form. Can they continue that form and move their unbeaten streak to eight? It should be an interesting match-up to watch...
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Atlanta United’s Lineup:
Chicago Fire’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Toyota Park
Kickoff Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game (English), AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope), La Mejor 1600 AM (Spanish)
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