Franco Escobar scored in the 70th minute and Brad Guzan made six saves as Atlanta United started defense of the MLS Cup title with a 1-0 victory over the visiting New England Revolution on Saturday in an Eastern Conference first-round knockout match.
Atlanta, the second seed, hosts the winner of the Philadelphia Union versus New York Red Bulls match in a conference semifinal on Thursday.
Escobar made a run down the right flank from his defender position and received an entry ball by Ezequiel Barco...
The international break has come and gone, meaning the revamped MLS Cup playoffs are about to kick off. A 14-team field, single elimination all the way to MLS Cup, no more international breaks interrupting the postseason in its most dramatic moments -- the 2019 playoffs have a fresh, vibrant feel. With that buzz firmly established, we break down each of the six Round 1 matchups, which start Saturday.