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Atlanta United will host Columbus Crew in their first playoff match in franchise history

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The first playoff match for Atlanta is set for this Thursday against Columbus Crew.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The fourth seeded Atlanta United will square off against the fifth seeded Columbus Crew this Thursday, October 26, at 7pm EDT, according to MLSSoccer.com. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Atlanta will be coming in off a tough 2-2 draw against Toronto which featured the return of Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta should have most of their starting XI on Thursday with LGP and Miggy (I assume) returning to the starting lineup, although they will likely be missing left back Greg Garza who is still sideline from a left hamstring injury.

The Crew, on the other hand, will be coming having been unbeaten since August 5th. For the Crew, however, this game goes beyond just a playoff game. As of about a week ago we learned that the Crew could possibly move to Austin, Texas in 2019 which has shocked people around the MLS. I highly recommend checking out Parker’s article on it if you haven’t already. Also be sure to check out the #SaveTheCrew movement on Massive Report

This will be the third time these two teams have met, with Atlanta winning both of the the match-ups (3-1, 2-0) in the regular season.