No. 2 Atlanta United vs. No. 3 Union  Thursday, October 24 (8 pm ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVAS)

By Annie Ross

Atlanta United’s title defense will continue at home against the Union, who are experiencing the best season in club history coming off their first-ever playoff win against the New York Red Bulls.

These two teams have never met in the postseason, but the regular season has seen Atlanta United enjoy a clear advantage: 3W-1L-2D all-time (2W-0L-1D at home against the Union). However, that first victory for the Union came in the most recent meeting between these two teams on August 31 in front of a passionate sellout crowd in Philly. Final result: 3-1.

Has the tide turned in this series? After giving up three goals in each of their first two trips to Atlanta — 3-0 on Sept. 27, 2017 and 3-1 on June 2, 2018 — the Union came away with a 1-1 draw on March 17, 2019 and they had a 1-0 lead into the second half.