The international break has come and gone, meaning the revamped MLS Cup playoffs are about to kick off. A 14-team field, single elimination all the way to MLS Cup, no more international breaks interrupting the postseason in its most dramatic moments -- the 2019 playoffs have a fresh, vibrant feel. With that buzz firmly established, we break down each of the six Round 1 matchups, which start Saturday.
Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer says it's up to striker Josef Martinez whether he returns from a right leg injury on the final day of the regular season Sunday against the New England Revolution (stream live at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN+).
Martinez resumed training with the team Wednesday, the first time he has taken the field with his teammates since his Sept. 21 injury.
It originally was feared the injury could keep Martinez out through the MLS playoffs after he sustained both knee and...
Barco has battled injuries, but family, teammates have him primed to be a difference-maker in MLS playoffs
In some ways, 2019 hasn't gone quite like Ezequiel Barco had hoped. The Atlanta United attacker has seen his time limited through a combination of international commitments and injuries. The 917 minutes he's played in 14 appearances so far this season are just over half of what he logged in 2018, a campaign in which he was viewed as having underachieved.
Yet as Atlanta heads into the postseason -- closing out the regular season with Sunday's Decision Day tilt against the New England Revolution...