2. First playoff win in club history
Atlanta is continuing to make history. Although this game didn’t lead to any broken league records or even team records, it was a significant result nonetheless. All Atlanta supporters can breathe a little easier now that it has its first playoff win.
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Atlanta’s professional sports teams often leave a lot to be desired with the city’s inhabitants, and Atlanta United is no different. The Five Stripes failed to win their home playoff game last season and failed to secure the Supporters’ Shield just a little over a week ago. However, they did win their first ever playoff game and can move forward with a new confidence.
It took Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons a long time to get Ryan’s first playoff win. Once it happened, the city relaxed and that storyline quickly faded. The same can be said for the young Atlanta Braves that lost their first two playoff games during this most recent postseason. They won in the third game of the series and there was a collective sigh of relief. Now that franchise can move forward in its playoff endeavors, just as the Falcons did.
With a playoff win under their belt, Atlanta United can now move forward as well. Ideally, the win will propel the Five Stripes to a strong performance, in front of a ravenous home crowd this Sunday during the return leg. If all goes well, Atlanta can win its first ever playoff series and continue its pursuit for the MLS Cup.