Atlanta United’s last 9 MLS games not too rocky of a road

Atlanta United players huddle before their match against Miami inside an empty Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (Jason Getz/For the AJC)

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

Atlanta United’s final nine games of the regular season were released by MLS on Tuesday, and the team may consider itself fortunate. A yet-to-be-disclosed limited number of supporters will be allowed in Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch games after Oct. 11, which will include two home games.

Currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference following Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Dallas, Atlanta United is ahead of Cincinnati by one point for the final spot in the East. It leads Chicago by two points.

Atlanta United will not face Philadelphia, NYCFC, Montreal or New England, among the better teams in the conference, as it tries to finish among the top 10 and quality for the playoffs. Instead, Atlanta United will face struggling D.C. United (featuring Julian Gressel) twice, Miami for the fourth time this season, Cincinnati for the fourth time, Red Bulls, Toronto, and Orlando two more times before finishing with Columbus, which leads the East, on Nov. 8.

The combined records (as of Tuesday) of Atlanta United’s opponents in this final nine game stretch is 40-36-32.

Atlanta United coming games

Sunday at Chicago (2-7-3), 7:30 p.m., FSSE

Oct. 3 at D.C. United (2-5-5), 7 p.m., FSS

Oct. 7 vs. Orlando (6-2-4), 7 p.m., FSS

Oct. 10 vs. New York Red Bulls (4-6-2), 6 p.m., FSS

Oct. 14 at Miami (3-7-2), 8 p.m., FSS

Oct. 18 at Toronto (6-2-4) in Hartford, Conn., 7:30 p.m., FSS

Oct. 24 vs. D.C. United (2-5-5), 4 p.m., FSS

Oct. 28 at Orlando (6-2-4), 7:30 p.m., FS1

Nov. 1 vs. Cincinnati (3-6-3), 7 p.m., FSS

Nov. 8 at Columbus (8-1-3), 3:30 p.m., FSS

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