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Gressel, Josef Martinez push Atlanta United past Union, 2-0

ATLANTA (AP) Julian Gressel scored early, Josef Martinez added a late goal and defending champion Atlanta United played keep away in between to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Thursday night to advance to the MLS Eastern Conference final.

United will host Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Toronto beat top-seed New York City FC 2-1 on the road Wednesday night.

Atlanta was especially diligent and crisp passing the ball, connecting on 85.4 percent of their 254 passes, and held the ball more than 53 percent of the time. (MORE)

Philadelphia Leaders
G: K. Przybylko15
Ast: H. Medunjanin10
PKG: M. Fabián2
YC: A. Bedoya6
RC: A. Trusty1
GAA: C. Coronel0.50
CS: A. Blake3
Philadelphia Team Stats (Rank)
Goals: 58 (6)
Goals Allowed: 50 (13)
Penalty Kick Goals: 4 (19)
Shots: 476 (8)
Shots on Goal: 170 (8)
Yellow Cards: 57 (11)
Red Cards: 3 (10)
8/17CHI-PHIL 0-2
8/24PHI-DCW 3-1
8/31PHI-ATLW 3-1
9/14PHI-LAFT 1-1
9/22NY-PHIL 0-2
9/25SJ-PHIW 2-1
9/29CLB-PHIL 0-2
10/6PHI-NYCL 1-2
10/20PHI-NYW 4-3
10/24ATL-PHIL 0-2
7/20C. CoronelPHIRBSLoan
3/5J. MonteiroFCMPHILoan
1/24C. CoronelRBSPHILoan
2/6K. WagnerWBKPHILoan
7/9A. WootenSANPHITransfer
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