E#4 NEW YORK CITY FC v E#5 ATLANTA UNITED
Sunday, Nov. 21, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
3 p.m. ET (ABC / ESPN Deportes; TSN / TVA Sports)

REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Peter Manikowski; 4th: Marcos de Oliveira; VAR: Carol Anne Chenard; AVAR: Kyle Atkins
MLS Career: 188 games; FC/gm: 23.7; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 55; pens: 75
MLS Cup Playoffs: 6 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 3; pens: 2

ALL-TIME: NYCFC 3 wins, 14 goals … ATLUTD 2 wins, 11 goals … Ties 3
AT NYCFC: NYCFC 3 wins, 9 goals … ATLUTD 0 wins, 3 goals … Ties 1

2021 (MLS):
6/23: NYC 1, ATL 0 (Tajouri-Shradi 69)
10/20: ATL 1, NYC 1 (Moreno 17 — Thorarinsson 90)

MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: ATLUTD 2 wins, 4 goals … NYCFC 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0

  • The teams met twice during the 2021 regular season. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi netted the game’s only goal in the 69th minute to lead NYCFC to the win June 23 at Red Bull Arena, then on Oct. 20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Marcelino Moreno gave ATLUTD an early lead, but Gudmundur Thorarinsson hit a stunning direct free kick goal for the equalizer on the stroke of full time, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw.
  • The teams had last previously met during the 2019 season, each winning at home. Josef Martínez netted goals on either side of halftime, leading Atlanta United to a 2-1 win on Aug. 11 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, then on Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium, Alejandru Mitrita scored a hat trick in the game’s opening 33 minutes as NYCFC took a 4-1 win. NYCFC has won two of the three league meetings all-time in the Bronx, with one draw.
  • The teams have faced off once in the MLS Cup Playoffs, meeting in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2018, with Atlanta United advancing 4-1 on aggregate. ATLUTD won the first leg 1-0 at Yankee Stadium, before taking the home leg by a 3-1 scoreline behind a pair of goals from Josef Martínez.
  • NYCFC have reached the postseason for a sixth consecutive season, the third-longest active streak in MLS. A year ago, NYCFC fell to Orlando City SC in Round One in remarkable circumstances, falling in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw at Exploria Stadium, as defender Rodrigo Schlegel stopped one of two penalty kicks after taking over between the posts following a red card issued to starting goalkeeper Pedro Gallese during the penalty shootout.
  • Atlanta United have returned to the postseason following a one-year absence, their fourth postseason appearance in five seasons in Major League Soccer. After winning MLS Cup at home in 2018, ATLUTD fell 2-1 to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference Championship match in Atlanta in 2019, following shutout victories vs. New England and Philadelphia.
  • NYCFC come into the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoff riding a five-game undefeated streak, with three wins in that span, ending the year with a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium on Decision Day. Valentín Castellanos secured the MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi with his 19th goal of the season in the finale, ending the campaign on a four-game goalscoring streak, with six goals in that time.
  • Atlanta United booked their spot in the MLS postseason on Decision Day by extending their undefeated run to six games to close out the campaign, coming back for a 2-1 win against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium. Miles Robinson scored the first goal of his MLS career for the equalizer, before Josef Martínez hit a remarkable strike for the game-winner, his 12th of the season. Since the start of August, ATLUTD have posted an 11-3-4 record in league play.


NYCFC: Maximiliano Moralez collected his 11th assist of the season, his second consecutive game with an assist. Moralez has reached double figures in assists in three of his five MLS seasons.

ATLUTD: Ezequiel Barco recorded his eighth assist of the season, his last coming Oct. 16.