The playoffs are finally upon us. This time last season Atlanta United embarked on a journey that ended with Michael Parkhurst lifting MLS Cup in front of 70,000 people at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The New England Revolution are the first obstacle in the way of that happening again.
These two teams met just a few weeks ago in the regular season finale with the Five Stripes coming out on top 3-1. Now they play again with the stakes and pressure raised immensely.
Unlike last season, this year’s playoff format leaves no room for error. With every game being do or die in a single-game elimination setup, a bad stretch or an unlucky bounce could be the difference between getting set home or becoming champions.
Atlanta were dealt a huge injury blow during the international break with MLS Defender of the Year finalist Miles Robinson suffering a hamstring strain. Replacing him in the lineup will be no easy task for Frank de Boer. Aside from that, the rest of the squad is pretty healthy leaving De Boer with several different options. It should be really interesting to see what XI he lands on.
Let’s playoff soccer.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
#ATLUTD's Starting XI vs @NERevolution pic.twitter.com/hzl5sukfNQ— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) October 19, 2019
New England Revolution’s Lineup:
Today's #NERevs Starting XI#RaiseYourColors // #MLSCupPlayoffs#ATLvNE pic.twitter.com/kK94IHJt8o— X- New England Revolution (@NERevolution) October 19, 2019
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FOX Sports Southeast, Univision, TUDN
Available Streaming: fuboTV (free trial), FOX Sports Go
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 12:00 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
12:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
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