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Philadelphia Union clinch playoff berth

The Philadelphia Union are headed to the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history.

The Union clinched a playoff berth by way of their 3-1 win over Atlanta United and Orlando City’s 3-0 loss to San Jose.

The playoff appearance is the fourth for the club, who fell to New York City FC in the knockout round after finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference a year ago. The Union also qualified for the postseason in 2011 and 2016. 

Jim Curtin’s side has five games left on the 2019 schedule, and with 10 points between itself and the fifth-place New York Red Bulls, at least one playoff contest at Talen Energy Stadium appears to be a certainty. 

The first-place side in the East still has work to do to secure the No. 1 seed, with NYCFC one point back and Atlanta United three points in the rear. NYCFC has two games in hand, while the Five Stripes have one more game left than the Union.

The Union and NYCFC will square off on Decision Day in Chester, Pennsylvania with home-field advantage potentially on the line. 

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