Atlanta cruises past Red Bulls, Timbers edge Sporting KC to advance to MLS Cup
It’s one thing to play in a Championship game, but its a whole other ball game to HOST that Championship game and that is what the Atlanta United were looking at on Thursday night inside the Merches-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosting the 2018 MLS Cup. And the CROWD was ALIVE!
After building a 3-0 lead in the opening leg of their Eastern Conference final clash, it would have taken a monumental collapse for Atlanta United to miss out on a chance to host MLS Cup. That collapse never came as the second-year club cruised past the New York Red Bulls to win the series.
Atlanta will take on the Portland Timbers in MLS Cup on December 8, after Portland defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in the Western Conference final second leg on Thursday.
Atlanta was able to effectively kill the series all through Thursday’s second leg, holding the Red Bulls attack virtually silent in a 1-0 loss at Red Bull Arena. Even with the loss, Atlanta goes on to host MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium while the Red Bulls miss out on a chance to host in a season where the club won its third Supporters’ Shield in six seasons.