And then there were two in the East. Atlanta United are back in the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season. They meet up against the team to lift MLS Cup and the cup they play for tonight before them. Toronto FC weren’t really expected to make it this far, especially without their No. 1 striker out injured. But, they knocked off the top-seeded NYCFC and here we are.
The oddsmakers and smart people with the percentages say that the Five Stripes are the favorites. And playing in front of the home fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, they probably should be. But, this will be a big challenge. One bigger than Philadelphia or New England provided. This TFC team can match Atlanta’s playoff experience and pedigree. They also have a match-winner like Alejandro Pozuelo who is capable of breaking down Atlanta’s stout back line. Not to forget Michael Bradley who, one his day, can open you up with one diagonal ball.
Sure, Atlanta are probably more talented from top to bottom, but in a one-game playoff, that doesn’t matter as Toronto proved against NYCFC. Frank de Boer’s side must be alert and focused from minute one, avoid mistakes and be clinical in front of goal. If they can do that, they very well may punch their ticket to another MLS Cup final.
Let’s playoff soccer.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
Toronto FC’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: FS1
Available Streaming: fuboTV (Free Trial), FOX Sports GO
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM
Pre-match coverage: 7:00 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)
7:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)
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