ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The dream of Atlanta United FC to enter the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoffs for the fourth time since entering the league in 2017, will have to wait for a little further.
This scenario developed after the visiting United FC only managed a scoreless draw against the home team New York Red Bulls team on Wednesday night at the Red Bull Arena.
With the draw, United FC got one point and moved to fifth place in the MLS playoff race.
To snatch a playoff birth, United FC needs to win, draw or lose by less than eight goals in their road game against the FC Cincinnati on November 7.
Playing in front of a hostile crowd, United FC tried its best to score a goal but the home team proved to be a tough defensive team in their match.
Brazilian winger Luiz Araújo who is on a five-match scoring spree was not in his usual element as he struggled in the game.
Venezuelan striker Josef Martínez was also not in his usual scoring ways as he started on the bench due to Gonzalo Pineda’s efforts to manage the striker’s load.
Pineda for his part is both sad and happy with the outcome of their game.
“I’d say I’m half-satisfied,” Pineda said.
“I felt that it wasn’t the way we wanted to play. We wanted actually to have a little more possession, that was part of the game plan to have more control as always… We had a difficult game in front of us with a team that presses at a very, very high intensity, but the kids did well. I was pleased with the determination and the character of the team,” Pineda added.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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