BSP-07 Atlanta down Union to advance in MLS playoffs





Atlanta down Union to advance in MLS playoffs

MIAMI, Oct 25, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – MLS Cup holders Atlanta United defeated
Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Thursday to advance to set up a last-four showdown
with Toronto FC.

A superbly crafted first-half goal by Julian Gressel and a late strike from
Josef Martinez settled an entertaining game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz

Atlanta will now face Toronto FC in the final of the Eastern Conference
Championship next Wednesday for a place in the MLS Cup final.

Atlanta, who won the MLS Cup last year in only their second season of
existence, were made to work hard for victory against the third-seeded Union

Gressel’s winner came after only 10 minutes, the 25-year-old German
midfielder chipping in from just inside a crowded penalty area after clever
interplay with Argentinian international Pity Martinez.

Philadelphia missed a golden chance to draw level in the 17th minute, when
Brenden Aaronson was played into space by Sergio Santos.

But with the goal begging, Aaronson could only shoot directly at Brad Guzan
in the Atlanta goal and the home side escaped.

The outcome remained in the balance until 10 minutes from time, when
Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez latched on to a long ball from Gressel and
rifled a shot into the top corner for 2-0.

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