2. Lost trophy
Speaking of the club’s first trophy (or lack thereof), Atlanta’s loss to Toronto meant they missed out on their first piece of silverware. It wasn’t for lack of trying, as the team won five of its last seven matches to close out the season.
The team never really stood a chance on Sunday as Toronto stated they had extra motivation to stop Atlanta from winning. Atlanta never held a lead and with New York beating Orlando, Atlanta’s only option was to win in Toronto.
Atlanta will look back and think “what if.” What if they had found a second goal against a 10 man Seattle at home? What if the team hadn’t blown a 2-1 lead at Dallas?
It was a disappointing end to an otherwise great regular season. The team finished second all time in points scored in a season and they broke the record for most away wins in a season in MLS history.
The Five Stripes put together a fantastic season, but New York Red Bulls put together an even better one. There is no shame in losing the trophy to such a quality opponent. Especially when that opponent beat you handily in both games this season.