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Playoff preview matchup doesn't bode well for Revolution

Atlanta is trying to repeat as champions while the Revs haven't even made the playoffs in four years.
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Dueling logos for the New England Revolution and Atlanta United football clubs.

ATLANTA — Josef Martinez and Julian Gressel scored second-half goals and Atlanta United beat the New England Revolution 3-1 on Sunday in a playoff preview.

Defending champion Atlanta (18-12-4) finished second in the Eastern Conference to set a first-round game against New England. The Revolution (11-11-12) finished seventh, clinching their first playoff berth in four years with a victory over New York City FC a week ago.

Darlington Nagbe tapped in a center from Gressel three minutes in before Christian Penilla knotted the score five minutes later.

After intermission, Martinez recorded his 27th goal of the year off an assist from Gressel in the 49th. Martinez set up Gressel eight minutes later.

Atlanta finished 4-0-2 against the Revolution this season and outscored New England 15-3.