Atlanta United is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2019 and will be the first to face NYCFC on Sunday. New York City FC will host the 5-Stripes in the Bronx after finishing the regular season in fourth place, one stop ahead of their competitor.
After the regular season, both teams want to survive and advance in the MLS Cup playoffs in 2021.
Here’s what you need to know about the Eastern Conference opening round playoff game …
When is the kick-off? Sunday, November 21, 3:00 p.m. ET
Where is the game being played? Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Which TV channel is it running on? ABC, ESPN deportees
Which livestream is running? ESPN deportees
Atlanta United has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in two years and for the fourth time in five MLS seasons.
The five stripes will try to make an impact, with Josef Martinez celebrating the necessary comeback on the pitch. Head coach Gonzalo Pineda has quickly become a fan favorite and will be looking to lead his side into his first MLS postseason.
NYCFC is in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year and only missed the postseason once in team history during the 2015 opening campaign. Now, back in the playoffs, the team aims to win its first MLS Cup.
Star player Valentin Castellanos will be looking to impress in the playoffs after a fantastic regular season where he scored 19 goals to win the league’s golden shoe.
Atlanta united: Guzan; Robinson, Walker, Franco, Bello; Moreno, Sosa, Rossetto, Lennon; Barco, Martinez
NYCFC: Johnson; Thorarinsson, Callens, Chanot, Amundsen; Sands, Morales, Rodriguez, Moralez; Medina, Castellanos
Atlanta has been leading the all-time streak between clubs 4-3-3 since the 5-streaks joined MLS in 2017. That season, NYCFC won at the 23rd -Benz Stadium in Atlanta on October 20th.
While it hasn’t been the best season for Atlanta United, the team is still one of the most talented in the MLS. NYCFC has had problems in the postseason in the past, failing to reach the quarterfinals of the MLS Cup playoffs. Taking to the streets and getting a win against a solid NYCFC squad will be a big job, but if Atlanta is looking to secure its place on the global stage, it starts Sunday.
forecast: Atlanta United 1-0 NYCFC