It's been 23 years and 41 days since an Atlanta sports team won a major professional championship (1995 Atlanta Braves).

But that could all change on Saturday night, with Atlanta United chasing the MLS Cup in just their second year of existence.

Can United pull off this coup, or will tonight be yet another chapter of oh-so-close escapades in Atlanta sports history?

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11Alive Sports offers the following '5-Minute Guide' for enjoying this championship event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

WHAT ARE THE STAKES?

Unlike the previous rounds of the MLS Playoffs, where the participants played two-game series that counted overall record and aggregate goals ... tonight's experience will be a winner-take-all adrenaline rush.

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WHO'S FAVORED TO WIN?

Atlanta represents a tangible favorite, citing four reasons:

a) United had the most formidable offense in the league, averaging 2.09 goals per game.

b) Portland finished fifth overall in a watered-down Western Conference. Within that regular-season mediocrity, the Timbers had a 4-8-5 road record.

c) Atlanta enjoyed the most 'venue-proof' season of any MLS club, posting double-digit wins at home and on the road.

Which brings us to this:

d) For a one-shot deal like this, the MB Stadium crowd of 72,000-plus fans should count as a 1/2-point advantage in United's favor.

DID ATLANTA AND PORTLAND MEET DURING THE REGULAR SEASON?

From May 30 to July 15, United incurred an odd stretch of four draws in nine matches.

One of the ties involved the Timbers, who left The Benz with a 1-1 result on June 24.

IS THIS THE FIRST TITLE SHOT FOR PORTLAND?

Nope. The Timbers knocked off the Columbus Crew three years ago for their first-ever MLS Cup title.

Oh, and that victory took place on the road. 

(Just saying.)

COULD ATLANTA MAKE MLS HISTORY TONIGHT?

Technically, no. The Chicago Fire captured the Major League Soccer crown in their first year of action (1998).

Of course, back then, Major League Soccer had only been a thing in North America for three seasons.

WHO ARE UNITED'S PLAYERS TO WATCH?

Here's a capsule mention of Atlanta's most prolific assets:

Josef Martinez
**Recently crowned as MLS MVP
**Established the league's single-season record for goals scored (31)
**Perhaps the MLS's most dangerous 1-on-1 playmaker

Miguel Almiron
Commonly known as the league's most complete player, accounting for 12 goals and 14 assists this season, despite missing large chunks of time to injury.

Julian Gressel
If United should reach the net from a textbook cross-pass in the scoring area ... chances are Gressel will get credit for the assist. 

He's a terrific table-setter.

Jeff Larentowicz
This midfielder/defender has seemingly been everywhere in the back zone this season, frustrating opposing offenses with blanket coverage and sublime slide-kicks when blocking shots.

Brad Guzan
Forget about the debacle in United's regular-season finale (a baffling 4-1 loss to Toronto). 

Guzan has been a rock-solid goalkeeper this year, eminently capable of rising to the pressure of Saturday night's challenge.

WHAT TIME DOES EVERYTHING START?

The match is slated for an 8 p.m. kick; but since it's a championship event, expect a slew of pomp-and-circumstance events from the league.

WILL THE ATLANTA WEATHER BE GOOD FOR PRE-GAME TAILGATING?

Judgment call here. It's expected to be cold, rainy and generally raw later in the evening.

Luckily, Mercedes-Benz Stadium comes equipped with countless first-class amenities ... including bars and restaurants at every corner of the building.

Just don't expect the famous roof to be open for tonight's championship bout.