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RECAP: ATLANTA UNITED ARE 2019 USOC CHAMPIONS

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Now throw your hands in the air, and wave ‘em like you just don’t care, and if you like fish and grits...

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ATLANTA, Ga. - Atlanta United scored twice in the first 15 minutes and held on for dear life the rest of the way to win their first U.S. Open Cup in club history and their second trophy of 2019. ar life the re

The things that happened in the game that was played

I...uhh...well I mean the ball went in. It definitely went in. Yes...........Yes.

The second one was a little nicer. And we didn’t have to wait long for it either.

In the 16th minute, Justin Meram found Pity in the box. Pity acted swiftly and with great vengeance to make it 2-0.

And with that, Atlanta took a 2-0 lead into the half.

And then barely took it out of the half.

The goal reignited the match. Even with the newfound intensity neither team could find the back of the net despite multiple chances. Things got really interesting though when LGP picked up his first and second yellow in the span of three minutes.

Atlanta played from the 74th minute on with ten men.

They somehow survived. I don’t know how. But they did.

One more trophy, y’all. It’s what big clubs do.

“We talked before the game about being a winning club. Winning trophies. Being a big club. We held on and did enough in the second half,” Brad Guzan said. “It’s a habit. We talked about this being our home and this being a familiar feeling to host a final and using our savviness and our know-how of being in this situation and ultimately finding a way to get the job done.”

Big clubs just win.

“The biggest clubs in the world win trophies,” Julian Gressel said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a super cup, if it’s a Campeones Cup or if it’s an Open Cup. Whatever it is. It’s what we’ve been doing over the year and we want to continue now because that’s what big clubs do.”

And big clubs are beautiful.

“It’s always nice to win trophies. That’s why you start playing soccer,” Frank de Boer said. “Because you love it and also because you win. I think today we achieved something beautiful for the club and for the players.”

The things that happened in the postgame that was lived

  1. They played an Oasis superhit. Not that one. The other one.

Do it after every game in our opinion.

2. Josef went off on Instagram. Just...look go find it yourself.

3. They broke. The ded gum. Trophy.

4. Josef gave an incredible interview. Shirtless and profane as ever. More on that later. But during the middle of it the old dudes got a hold of the speaker and started playing Bruce Springsteen.

5. Brad Guzan sprayed the media with champagne.

6. Frank de Boer got an ice bath.

7. Josef summed up the night. (See: Quote of the Night)

A Recap Thought: For the Culture.

Atlanta United wins trophies. That’s the standard. That’s the expectation. And it’s unlike anything we’ve seen in Georgia sports.

The culture is real. Don’t take it for granted.

DSS Man of the Match

Miles Robinson. We’ve run out of things to say besides call him the hell up Greggg.

Larentowicz Man of the Match (Your unsung hero(es))

Shoutout Justin Meram. Gets the assist. Plays well in a position he’s still learning. Could have spent the year stuck in Columbus. Or worse. Now he’s got two trophies.

Similar kudos to Florentin Pogba. No trophies in his career. Now two in month.

Feels good man. Y’all’s check is in the mail.

Quote of the Night

Tweet of the Night

What’s Next?

Well, Atlanta United has clinched a spot in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League. So that’s nice.