Atlanta United has yet to defeat Red Bulls in four previous meetings during the past two seasons.
Atlanta United was beaten 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a controversy-filled game on May 20. It was hammered by Red Bulls 2-0 in Harrison, N.J. in which it was dominated on Sept 30.
Atlanta United is nothing if not motivated after Red Bulls took the Shield on final day of the regular season because it defeated Orlando while Atlanta United lost at Toronto. Red Bulls finished with a league-record 71 points. Atlanta United finished with 69, tied for the second-most in league history.
But the Atlanta United that was blown out by Red Bulls and played flat against Toronto was replaced by a grittier team that took the fight to NYCFC in its two playoff games.