Atlanta United are your 2018 MLS Cup Champions! After an exciting game celebrated in Atlanta, Atlanta United have been crowned champions.
Both Atlanta and Portland have faced each other on two different occasions both ending in 1-1 draws. This game was different because MLS glory was on the line.
The 2017 Season Atlanta United would fall just short in the division playoffs against Columbus Crew at home after a dramatic match that led to PKs. This year Atlanta United qualified to the MLS Cup by crowning themselves Eastern Division Champions after beating New York Red Bulls 3-1. In an amazing performance, Atlanta beat the Bulls 3-0 giving them the lead in the series. Atlanta United (only in their second year of the franchise) were led by the Argentine Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who knew how to make a statement.
Tonight’s game seemed like it wouldn’t have a scorer in the first half, but it wasn’t until the 40th minute that from a mistake of Portland’s defense Atlanta’s Josef Martinez would get his name in the scoresheet. Martinez managed to beat Jeff Attinela in a 1v1 situation.
The second half would bring more action right away at the 54th minute coming from an assist from Almiron who’s cross would bounce off to Martinez, and Franco Escobar would double the lead over the Timbers. The game from the beginning saw Atlanta winning the Cup, and boy were they right. This made them the rightful champions! Joseph Martinez was clearly the man of the match!
Atlanta, now qualified to the CONCACAF Champions League, is something to talk about for a team who will have three years participating in MLS. They are just an exciting team to watch weekly. They have been paired up to play against Costa Rica side Herediano. Atlanta, now after conquering the MLS, will look for a place to win in the International tournament which will place them in a more worldly tournament (the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup); the host country is still yet to be determined.
Atlanta United are the rightful champions of the MLS Cup, as another year of Major League Soccer comes to an end, lots of new exciting things will begin in 2019 such as FC Cincinnati will join the league as an expansion franchise, bringing the total number of MLS clubs to 24.