Match Story: Atlanta earn first-ever playoff win on Miguel Almiron's return

Would he come off the bench? How many minutes would he play at Yankee Stadium?

Those were the questions surrounding influential Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron entering Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against NYCFC.

It turns out that the Paraguayan international, who had not appeared in a match since picking up a left hamstring injury on October 6, would start against NYCFC and he helped stake his team out to a 1-0 first-half lead before departing at halftime.

Armed with that lead, Atlanta United did whatever was necessary to keep NYCFC at bay in the second half and record their first-ever playoff victory.

The valuable away goal puts the Five Stripes in prime position to advance to the next round heading into Leg 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, November 11. 

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