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Atlanta 3, New York City 1 - as it (miserably) happened

NYCFC crash and burn out of the MLS Playoffs

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York City FC at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

FT: Atlanta sails past NYCFC 4-1 on aggregate and advances to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

It sucks that this is how it ends. But, you can blame CFG for hiring Domé Torrent instead of an actually qualified manager. We still have some coverage for you here at HRB.

83’: Goal, Josef Martinez :’(

Atlanta seals it and ends all of our misery. On to next season...

65’: Johnson keeps City alive with a huge save on Almiron

54’: Maxi almost converts a header, but it’s right at Guzan. The urgency is there. But do City have the class to finish?

In order to have a shot, NYCFC is gonna have to play the best 45 minutes of their lives. I’m most definitely being too smart when I say this, but this second half should be for Domé’s job. Lose, get fired. Win, and we play it by ear.

HT: Atlanta leads NYCFC 2-1.

The Five Stripes got their goals as they always do: Martinez and Almiron. NYCFC’s goal? An unlucky deflection to the feet of Chanot who is gifted a tap-in. That is the gap between these two teams. If they wsih to advance, NYCFC need two more goals and cannot concede another.

45’: Goal! Maxime Chanot.

David Villa’s free kick is blocked by the wall, but the deflection falls to the feet of Chanot who taps it in. I want to be optimistic about this goal, but I don’t see us scoring the two more we need.

42’: Goal, Miguel Almiron scores on a free kick and practically punches Atlanta’s ticket into the next round.

That’s it, folks. If this wasn’t my job, I’d have shut it off already,

39’: NYCFC have absolutely zero life on the attack. If I was Tata, I’d be getting in contact with whoever is responsible for the post-game champagne.

25’: Goal, Josef Martinez converts on an Atlanta PK. It was a long time coming. NYCFC has been sloppy and all of ATL’s chances have looked dangerous. I fully expect City’s Semifinal curse to continue tonight.

15’: Close! Yangel Herrera gets his head on the end of a free kick. Unfortunately, it’s right at Brad Guzan.

NYCFC lacks composure. Instead of building up the play and being patient, they have already resorted to launching long balls up the pitch. Not a good philosophy.

6’: Maxime Chanot goes into the book. He will miss the first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals should they advance

Here we go! The time for excuses are over. It’s win or go home.

Rosters are out! Apart from Jesus Medina starting over Ronald Matarrita on the wing, there are no changes for NYCFC going into this one. Overall, this is a strong lineup.


New York City Starting XI: Johnson, Sweat, Callens, Chanot, Tinnerholm, Herrera, Ring, Tajouri-Shradi, Moralez, Medina, Villa (C)

Bench: Stuver, Ibeagha, Amagat, Ofori, Castellanos, Wallace, Matarrita

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: D - Maxime Chanot, D - Ben Sweat, M - Maxi Moralez, M - Alex Ring
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury)

Atlanta Starting XI: Guzan, Escobar, Robinson, Parkhurst, Gonzalez Pirez, Remedi, Nagbe, Garza, Gressel, Almiron, Martinez

Bench: Kann, Barco, Bello, Carleton, Kratz, Villalba, Wheeler-Omiunu

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Eric Remedi, M - Hector Villalba, F - Josef Martinez
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Sal Zizzo (right knee injury), D - Mikey Ambrose (right knee surgery), F - Brandon Vazquez (foot injury), D - Chris McCann (left quad strain); QUESTIONABLE: Jeff Larentowicz (muscular)

Referees: Mark Geiger (referee); Matthew Nelson, Corey Rockwell (assistant referees); Armando Villarreal (4th official); Dave Gantar (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: November 11, 2018, 5:30 pm.

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Online streaming: ESPN+


Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English; WADO 1280 AM — Spanish.

All-time series: It all comes down to this — the final leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. New York City FC takes on Atlanta United in Mercedes-Benz Stadium down 1-0 on aggregate having lost the home leg of the series.

NYCFC are huge underdogs in this matchup and have only been given a 16% chance at advancing past the Five Stripes. But, weirder things have happened.