United will need some help to keep their playoff hopes alive

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If there was one sentence to sum up Atlanta United's season it would "Close but no cigar." That trend continued as United earned their tenth tie of the season against the Philadelphia Union, arguably the best team in the league.

United gains one point in the standings after the draw but getting the win was clearly the goal and needed for United to feel better about their postseason standing.

To say United deserved the win is an understatement. Against one of the league's power houses, United controlled play, was aggressive with their substitutions, and outshot the Union 16-5. United in fact had more shots on goal, 6, than Union had total.

United came close to scoring a few times, one shot by Amar Sejdic was just wide of the net by three inches and hit of the goal post. However, they could not get the score to win it as Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, had five saves in the match.

The positives to take away, United is playing its best ball of the season. The chemistry is there, players are returning from injury, and they just showed they can hang with the best in the league.

The issue is it might be too little too late. United will need to win out and will need some help from other clubs to make into the dance, and wins have been hard to come by for this club.