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Castellanos, Callens lift NYC FC past Atlanta United, 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) Golden Boot winner Valentin Castellanos and Alexander Callens scored less than four minutes apart early in the second half and New York City FC beat Atlanta United 2-0 on Sunday in the first round of the MLS playoffs.

Fourth-seeded NYCFC will play at Supporters Shield winner New England on Nov. 30. NYCFC has made the Eastern Conference semifinals five times in six seasons, but never advance farther. Atlanta was seeded fifth.

Castellanos, who had 19 goals during the regular season, was left alone on the back of the defense as NYCFC had a set piece start at the end line. Maximiliano Moralez centered the ball and Castellanos got his foot on it and put a high bouncer into the goal in the 49th minute. (MORE)

Atlanta Leaders
G: E. Barco1
Ast: None 
PKG: M. Moreno1
YC: J. Mulraney2
RC: None 
GAA: B. Guzan1.00
CS: B. Guzan1
Atlanta Team Stats (Rank)
Goals: 4 (14)
Goals Allowed: 3 (19)
Penalty Kick Goals: 1 (5)
Shots: 40 (11)
Shots on Goal: 13 (13)
Yellow Cards: 6 (22)
Red Cards: 0 (12)
9/25PHI-ATLL 0-1
9/29ATL-MIAW 1-0
10/2MTL-ATLL 1-2
10/16TOR-ATLW 2-0
10/20ATL-NYCT 1-1
10/27ATL-MIAW 2-1
10/30ATL-TORT 1-1
11/3NYR-ATLT 0-0
11/7CIN-ATLW 2-1
11/21NYC-ATLL 0-2
3/10A. GutmanATLNYRLoan
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