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The MLS report: the best week*

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It was almost the best week in MLS history. Instead, we got confirmation of the undisputed best team in league history. We take a look at Toronto's success and the Red Bulls failure.

Gressel goal and assist lead Atlanta United over LAFC

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After surviving a very early scare, Atlanta United continued their blistering hot home form with a strong showing at home against Los Angeles FC.

Josef Martinez headed home a 67th-minute goal that created some breathing room for Atlanta United, making the score 2-0, before a barrage of goals very late in the match resulted in a 5-0 romp.

MLS Contract Deadline Day Roundup

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Monday was the deadline for teams eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs to announce their 2018 contract options. Four clubs, Atlanta United. Montreal Impact, Orlando City, and Philadelphia Union already made their announcements earlier in the month.

Here's the roundup for each of the teams;

Atlanta United (Announced November 20)
Exercised Options:Alec Kann, Mikey Ambrose, Julian Gressel, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu,andRomario Williams
Declined Options:Alex Tambakis,Mark Bloom,Zach Loyd,Harrison Heath,and Jeffrey Otoo.

Jack Elliott finishes third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting

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Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel garnered more than 50 percent of votes

For the second straight year, a Philadelphia Union player has been passed over for the Rookie of the Year award.

Jack Elliott finished third in voting behind Minnesota United striker Abu Danladi and Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel, who received an average of 53.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Year: Julian Gressel

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It's certainly hard to get noticed when playing alongside attackers like Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. Atlanta United's attack monster was loaded with young, exciting pieces, resulting in a swashbuckling run to the playoffs unlike any ever put together by an expansion side.

Through it all, though, Julian Gressel was as consistent a presence as any in the Atlanta United lineup as the German-born midfielder neared some attacking records in a standout rookie campaign.

Match report: Atlanta United FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union faced MLS' hottest team in Atlanta, and got torched. The darling expansion side outclassed Philadelphia en route to a 3-0 home win.

MLS Scores: Wins for DC, Minnesota, and the Galaxy

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Week 17 of the 2017 MLS season began with four games on Wednesday. DC United got its offense restarted with a 2-1 home win over Atlanta United. Julian Gressel put Atlanta up in the 17th minute. Licoano Acosta equalized for DC in the 23rd with Patrick Nyarko scoring in the 60th.

"We made many mistakes tonight, especially individual marking mistakes," Atlanta coach Tata Martino said.

SBI Rookie of the Month: Julian Gressel

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With three months gone in the Major League Soccer regular season, a frontrunner is starting to emerge in the Rookie of the Year race.

Atlanta United's Julian Gressel continued his terrific season with a brilliant month of May. The Providence product scored twice and assisted on two other goals to earn SBI Rookie of the Month honors.

SBI Spotlight: Gressel making waves alongside big names in Atlanta United lineup

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There are plenty of big-name players that drive across the field with flair that could easily get the attention of Atlanta United fans, but there's one midfielder in particular who has captured their hearts one month into the club's first season.

Rookie midfielder Julian Gressel earned a spot in Tata Martino's first starting XI and has impressed alongside big names like Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron.

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The Best of MLS Week 6: Julian Gressel, Johnny Russell, and more

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Week 6 may not have had a full slate of MLS matches or a high profile European import making a stunning debut, but it did provide its fair share of memorable performances.

Here's the best MLS Week 6 had to offer:


Julian Gressel had a standout performance as Atlanta United smashed Los Angeles FC, 5-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Best of MLS Week 29: Patrick Mullins, Julian Gressel, and more

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Fans were blessed with plenty of entertainment in a memorable week for MLS.

A four goal game, the end of a pair of long unbeaten runs and a thunderous goal from distance highlighted a fantastic week of action.

Here's a recap of the best momentf of MLS Week 29:

Player of the Week

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NCAA: Providence En Route to Elite 8

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Markus Naglestad blasted a 30-yard free kick goal late in the late stages to send Providence College to its first Elite 8 berth after beating UC-Irvine 1-0 at Ray Treacy Track in Providence, R.I.in Sunday's Third Round of the NCAA College Cup tournament.