Atlanta United ends losing streak and shows they can still fight for a playoff spot

The Five Stripes could turn the tables after victory against Inter Miami
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Atlanta United finally managed to end their nine-game winless streak in Major League Soccer (MLS). Last Wednesday (29th), The Five Stripes found their way back to victory against Inter Miami, winning 3-1 at Chase Stadium, in a match where the score could have been even more lopsided.

This triumph could be the turning point and the necessary boost for Atlanta United to reposition themselves in the competition, which has reached its 17th round. The Five Stripes were tactically perfect. At the start, Atlanta United looked to break down Miami's formation, which ranks third in the league in possession. The team had several chances in the final third early in the game, especially with the return of Thiago Almada, who was the engine driving the visitors to secure three points, giving the experienced Sergio Busquets a tough time. The Argentine had an 80% pass completion rate and was spot-on with long balls.

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Lionel Messi managed a slight comeback for Inter Miami with a beautiful goal from outside the box, but it was in vain. Luis Suárez was completely overshadowed by the outstanding performance of Stian Gregersen. The defender won nearly all his duels, both on the ground and in the air, and was crucial in tackles, not allowing any dribbles past him.

By defeating the Eastern Conference leader, The Five Stripes demonstrated their ability to achieve greater heights and get closer to the playoff zone. With 16 points, they are just three points behind Nashville SC, the first team in the playoff zone for the MLS. The road ahead is still long, but this game could change the mentality and provide the momentum needed through renewed confidence.