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FC Cincinnati clinches a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs with a win over Atlanta United

FC Cincinnati clinches a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs with a win over Atlanta United

ATLANTA – A road game against Atlanta United FC on an artificial pitch hasn’t been a recipe for success for FC Cincinnati historically. Then again, 2023 has been the FCC’s “first” and “best” year, so why not make that combination a winning recipe?

In fact, why not make it a playoff recipe? On Wednesday it was. FC Cincinnati came from behind against Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and cruised to a 2-1 victory.

August 30, 2023;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  FC Cincinnati defender Ian Murphy (32) and Atlanta United forward Giorgos Giakomakis (7) battle for the ball in the air during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The win was Cincinnati’s first indoors, and first on an artificial surface since the fourth-ever MLS game in March 2019.

The win moved FC Cincinnati to 17-3-6 (57 points) in Major League Soccer, extending its lead in the Eastern Conference to 11 points over the New England Revolution. In the race for the Supporters’ Shield, St. Louis CITY SC is 10 points away from the FCC.