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Atlanta United: It all comes down to the last 90 minutes of the regular season

The Five Stripes will finish the regular season on the road Sunday afternoon, when the team travels to Canada and takes the field against Toronto FC.

When: Sunday October 28

Where: BMO Field

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: Fox Sports South, Fox Sports GO App

Radio: 92.9 The Game, La Mejor 1600 AM (Spanish)

Should Atlanta United come out with a victory on Decision Day, the team will make MLS history in two ways: it will clinch the Supporters Shield, thus giving the team its first trophy in franchise history, and it would also break the MLS all-time points record in a season.

A win on Sunday would also guarantee the No.1 seed throughout the playoffs, which would mean that United would host the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals and finals, as well as hosting MLS Cup Final, should the team advance that far.

Atlanta United (21-6-6, 69 points, 1st East)

Heading into the last game of the regular season, the Five Stripes hold a one-point lead over the New York Red Bulls in the Supporter Shield standings and the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Even if United does not win against Toronto, there are a mixture of results that will help the team secure the Supporters Shield.

Those results include:

  • United ties against Toronto and NYRB ties against Orlando City
  • NYRB loses against Orlando City
  • United loses by 1 goal and NYRB ties against Orlando City and scores less than 8 goals

But getting back to the team on the other side of the field on Sunday, both of these teams have faced each other a total of three times, with each match ending in a 2-2 draw. United is coming off a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Fire and will look to win their sixth game out of the last seven.

Also, it was earlier reported that Tito Villalba will be available for selection but Miguel Almiron will continue to nurse an injury on his left hamstring.

Toronto FC (9-18-6, 33 points, 9th East)

Just a year ago, Toronto set a new MLS points record (69) in the regular season as they tied 2-2 against Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team from up north went on to win MLS Cup and also reached the CONCACAF Champions League Final, where they ultimately fell to Chivas in penalty kicks.

Fast forward to today and due to the awful start to their season and injuries on defense, Toronto was not able to duplicate last season’s success and will not take part in this year’s playoffs.

But despite having nothing to play for, Toronto will look to prevent from Atlanta to set a new points record in their home turf. It has also been reported that Victor Vasquez and Jozy Altidore will not play due to health issues.

 

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