How do you do it Shane? It's a blessing, and a curse.
Amazing Atlanta won its first MLS Cup in only two MLS seasons. It did so on December 8, 2018 in front of over 70,000 fans at home by defeating Portland 2-0. Arthur Blank, the owner, who also owns the Atlanta Falcons, couldn't have done a better job constructing this team of remarkable players and the dream season that just finished up. (A season in which Atlanta almost captured the Supporters' Shield.) Arguably, this will go down as an all-time great MLS team, and probably the best to date, notwithstanding D.C. United of the late 90s which had a very talented squad, for example. Aside from going into other dominant MLS clubs of yore, it should be known that very few of them can boast playing the game as well as Atlanta did this year. The style it exuded was top-notch. One reason for the prediction was the style Atlanta played. Going into the nuances of such a thing would take many paragraphs, but know this: To play with a top-notch style is not easily done or even understood by most laymen. Though, when it's accomplished, it should very likely bring long-term success such as the case with Barcelona and Spain during the Golden Generation. Atlanta is currently tapping into that area of brilliance, however, things may be unraveling as we speak. Its coach is presumably onto coaching Mexico while Almiron is likely heading to Europe. Despite these changes, should Parkhurst, Nagbe, Martinez, Barco and others stay around, the chances of a repeat should be in order. Next season for Atlanta will be a very interesting one to say the least.
* Prediction occurred here, at the Blog entry of 10-22-18.