Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls in MLS East finals

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez and New York City midfielder Yangel Herrera collide battling for the ball during the first half in their MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff match on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Atlanta.  Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez and New York City midfielder Yangel Herrera collide battling for the ball during the first half in their MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff match on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

After being pipped by them for the Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta United will play New York Red Bulls for the right to play for the MLS Cup.

The two teams will face off in the Eastern Conference finals of the MLS playoffs. Atlanta United advanced by defeating NYCFC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in the first leg and 3-1 in the second leg at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Red Bulls advanced by defeating Columbus 3-0 in the second leg after losing 1-0 in the first leg in Ohio.

Atlanta United will host Red Bulls on Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. on ESPN. Red Bulls will host the second leg on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on FS1.

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.