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Atlanta United FC 2-1 Chicago Fire

Joe and Sam are back together again, and this time they’re talking about Atlanta United’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in the final regular season home game of the season. Atlanta United manager Tata Martino was tasked with replacing two of the team’s most dynamic attacking players in Miguel Almiron and Tito Villalba. Martino elected to go with the kids, choosing teenagers Andrew Carleton and Ezequiel Barco to fill in along the attacking line.

Atlanta claimed victory as rumors continue to swirl around Martino’s long-term status as the manager of the team. He declined once again to talk about the rumors after the game, but it’s clear that any uncertainty about his future is not impacting the players on the field. Despite the close score, the result never seemed to be in much danger, and Atlanta missed out on several clear scoring chances to add to its lead.

With the win, Atlanta United claimed a berth in the 2019 ScotiaBank CONCACAF Champions League and is one win away from clinching the club’s first trophy when it visits Toronto FC on Decision Day (Sunday).

PREVIEW: Atlanta United FC vs. Chicago FC

Five Stripe Final is back after a hiatus to preview (sort of) Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire this coming weekend. Sam and Joe are joined by Dirty South Soccer Founder Rob Usry to discuss some of the happenings over the last couple of boring weeks.

NEW YORK RED BULLS 2-0 ATLANTA UNITED

In the biggest game of the year in MLS, New York Red Bulls suffocated Atlanta United on the way to a 2-0 win that brings the Supporters’ Shield race to nearly a dead heat with three games remaining.

It took seven minutes for Atlanta United to move the ball past midfield. Red Bulls pressed the Five Stripes into submission and found themselves with multiple chances. A potential penalty on a Brad Guzan tackle went to VAR and was overturned, and a Tim Parker goal was ruled just offside. Atlanta touched the ball in the 18-yard-box maybe twice.

Eventually, the pressing paid off. A New York corner redirected goalward and Chris McCann slapped the ball for a Red Bulls penalty. This one would not be overturned.

Atlanta United returns home up one point in the Supporters’ Shield standings. With three games remaining, Red Bulls will face San Jose, Philadelphia and Orlando City. Atlanta United will likely need to win all three of their remaining games to earn their first trophy in club history.

The Five Stripes face New England on Saturday in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

Atlanta United 3-1 Columbus Crew

The three-headed monster of Josef Martinez, Tito Villalba and Miguel Almiron each found the net as Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time in a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon.

Atlanta United got back to their winning ways and got back to the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Sunday evening. Josef Martinez tied the MLS single-season goals record in the first half before Gyasi Zardes equalized for the visitors just after the half. Tito Villalba’s individual brilliance gave the Five Stripes the lead again and then Miguel Almiron iced the three points with a lovely finish.

Atlanta United 2-2 Toronto FC

J. Sam and Joe talk about how, despite Josef Martinez's two goals that bring him close to an MLS record, Atlanta United lets another late lead slip away at the hands of a resurgent Toronto FC.

PREVIEW: Montreal Impact vs. Atlanta United, Felipe Cardenas

Joe and Sam are joined by The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas to talk about his reporting and writing about Atlanta United, future plans, how he's enjoying life in the press box, and littel bit of Montreal talk. 

PREVIEW: Atlanta United vs. D.C. United - Episdoe 38

Joe and J. Sam talk to Jason Anderson of SBN's Black and Red United about the upcoming match between Atlanta United and D.C. United on Saturday, July 21 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.