Atlanta United are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2019, facing NYCFC first on Sunday. New York City FC will host the the 5-stripes in the Bronx after finishing the regular season in fourth, one stop above their competitor.
With the regular season behind them, both teams are looking to survive and advance in the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Here’s what you need to know about the opening round playoff fixture in the Eastern Conference...
What TV channel is Atlanta United vs NYCFC on?
When is kick off? Sunday, November 21st, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Where is the match being played? Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
What TV channel is it on? ABC, ESPN Deportes
What live stream is it on? ESPN Deportes
Atlanta United team news
Atlanta United have qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in two years, and for the fourth time in five MLS seasons.
The five strips will be looking to make an impact with Josef Martinez making the necessary comeback to the pitch. Head coach Gonzalo Pineda has quickly become a fan favorite, and will look to lead his side to his first MLS postseason.
New York City FC team news
NYCFC are in the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, only missing the postseason once in team history during the inaugural 2015 campaign. Now back in the playoffs, the team is looking to win its first ever MLS Cup.
Star player Valentin Castellanos will be looking to impress during the playoffs after a fantastic regular-season campaign, where he scored 19 goals to become the league's Golden Boot winner.
Atlanta United: Guzan; Robinson, Walker, Franco, Bello; Moreno, Sosa, Rossetto, Lennon; Barco, Martinez
NYCFC: Johnson; Thorarinsson, Callens, Chanot, Amundsen; Sands, Morales, Rodriguez, Moralez; Medina, Castellanos
Atlanta United vs NYCFC head to head record
Atlanta leads the all-time series between the clubs 4-3-3 since the 5-stripes joined MLS in 2017. This season, NYCFC won 1-0 at Red Bull Arena on June 23rd, and the teams tied 1-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on October 20th.
Atlanta United vs NYCFC score prediction
While it has not been the best of seasons for Atlanta United, the team is still one of the most talented in MLS. NYCFC have struggled in the postseason historically, failing to advance past the quarterfinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs. It will be a tall task to go on the road and get a win against a solid NYCFC side, but if Atlanta wants to secure its spot on the global stage, it starts Sunday.
Prediction: Atlanta United 1-0 NYCFC