Atlanta United attempt to overcome Crew’s home-field advantage

Atlanta United feels they have the momentum. The Columbus Crew will rely on their home-field advantage. Something has to give when the third-seeded Crew host No. 6 Atlanta in the decisive match of their Eastern Conference first-round best-of-three series on Sunday. Atlanta avoided elimination in Match 2 at home on Tuesday with a 4-2 victory following the Crew’s 2-0 win in Columbus in the Nov. 1 opener. “I think we got some momentum after scoring

Atlanta United’s Thiago Almada back for must-win match vs. Crew

Atlanta United are hoping a not-so-secret weapon can keep their postseason hopes alive when they host the Columbus Crew on Tuesday in Match 2 of the first-round, best-of-three series. The Crew, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, won the opener 2-0 at home on Nov. 1 on a brace by Cucho Hernandez while limiting Atlanta to one off-target shot. Atlanta expects that to change with the return of Thiago Almada, a finalist for

Atlanta United, minus Thiago Almada, visit Crew in Game 1

Atlanta United will be without one of the league’s more productive players when they open their best-of-three first-round series at the Columbus Crew on Wednesday. Thiago Almada, a finalist for the MLS MVP and Young Player of the Year awards with 11 goals and 19 assists, will miss the opener after he was red-carded (two cautions) in the regular-season finale against FC Cincinnati on Oct. 21. “It’s really hard to replicate exactly the quality that

Atlanta United view FC Cincinnati tilt as playoff prep

Atlanta United are battling for seeding in the MLS Cup Playoffs as they travel to face FC Cincinnati for Decision Day on Saturday. Atlanta (13-9-11, 50 points) enters the match in sixth in the Eastern Conference but could finish anywhere from fifth to seventh in the table. The Five Stripes have never lost in Cincinnati (2-0-2) but are 3-6-7 in away matches this season. Atlanta’s last road victory came on Aug. 20 at the Seattle

Crew visit Atlanta United, have eye on top of table

Knocking off the best home team in Major League Soccer has Columbus coach Wilfried Nancy thinking big when the Crew play at Atlanta United on Saturday in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup. The Crew (15-9-8, 53 points) defeated New England 2-1 on Wednesday to hand the Revolution their first home loss of the season in 16 matches. Diego Rossi had a goal and an assist. More importantly, the Crew moved into fourth place by a

Playoff berths clinched, Union jockey with Atlanta for positioning

The Philadelphia Union will try to overcome their own wear and tear in addition to an improving and rested Atlanta United side when the teams meet on Wednesday night in Chester, Pa. The Union (14-8-9, 51 points) have drawn their last five MLS games, an odd streak for the defending Eastern Conference champions that coach Jim Curtin believes owes in part to the team’s busy schedule. Across four different competitions — the league, CONCACAF Champions