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MLS Eastern Conference: New England's first point, depth issues & more on each team

We’re dissecting every MLS team in the Eastern Conference.

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Welcome back our two-part weekly MLS column here at Backheeled where we break down all 29 teams in the league.

I’ve got the East. Joe Lowery’s got the West. I think stoppage time is still going somewhere down in North Carolina. Let’s chat about the latest for each Eastern Conference squad, shall we?

To read up on the West, check out Joe’s rundown.

MLS Western Conference: Niko Tsakiris impresses, questions for Vancouver & more on each team
We’re dissecting every MLS team in the Western Conference.

Atlanta United

Result: 2-0 loss at Toronto FC

Atlanta played like a team that was missing several key starters on a long road trip against a solid opponent – Giorgos Giakoumakis, Thiago Almada, Bartosz Slisz, Caleb Wiley and Stian Gregersen all missed out. For a team whose depth was heralded all offseason, they looked flat. Worryingly so. Outshot 20-8, Toronto tripled Atlanta’s three shots on target and out xG-ed them 2.67 to 0.58 (that’s the real crime here, let’s be real). In some ways, the scoreline flattered the visitors.

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