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Atlanta United

Founded in 2014, Atlanta United entered play in 2017 as the 22nd team in Major League Soccer. The largest U.S. metropolitan area without an MLS team at the time. Waiting for their shiny new home to be complete, Mercedez-Benz Stadium, a home they share with their NFL counterparts, the Falcons, their inaugural season kicked off at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Coached by former Argentina National Team coach Gerardo Tata Martino, it only took two seasons for Atlanta United to reach the pinnacle of US soccer, taking home the MLS Cup trophy in 2018 and setting all kinds of attendance records. A road they began paving from the jump, becoming only the third MLS expansion club to make the playoffs in their inaugural season and the first since the Seattle Sounders in 2009. A third place Eastern Conference finish and an early opening round playoff exit losing to Columbus Crew by penalty kicks capped an inaugural season that planted the seeds to what was to come quickly in season two.

Atlanta’s first regular season match at Bobby Dodd Stadium, a 2-1 loss to the Red Bulls on March 5 2017, drew over 55,000 fans. The first win followed a week later in a 6-1 thrashing on the road against expansion club Minnesota United FC. The next game brought their first home victory, beating up on the Chicago Fire 4-0. With great fanfare, when the first season was all set and done, Atlanta broke the MLS attendance record averaging over 48,000 spectators in home games in addition to setting the record for a playoff game with over 67,000 fans.

A stronger season followed, finishing in second place in the Eastern Conference in 2018, two points behind the Red Bulls, a team they would eventually beat in the playoffs to advance to the MLS Cup. Taking care of the Portland Timbers earned Atlanta’s their first major sports championship since the Braves World Series in 1995. Named league MVP, Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez set the single season scoring record with 31 goals.

Featuring one of the most fanatical fanbases in the league, Atlanta owns a plethora of attendance records in addition to the ones mentioned previously, including, selling the most tickets in a match, surpassing the LA Galaxy record of 69,255 in a game against Orlando City on September 16, 2017. The match officially surpassed 70,000 fans, another MLS first. A record they would continue breaking, exceeding 70,000 tickets sold for a match against Toronto FC weeks later. Then 72,035 in their 2018 season opener, and again in a July matchup against the Seattle Sounders, ringing in 72,243 fans. They also broke their own record for average attendance in 2018 with 50,002.

Atlanta United 2019 MLS Results

DateFixtureFTHT
2019.05.19 New York Red Bulls
Atlanta Utd
1
0
0
0
2019.05.15 Vancouver Whitecaps
Atlanta Utd
0
1
0
1
2019.05.12 Atlanta Utd
Orlando City
1
0
1
0
2019.05.08 Atlanta Utd
Toronto FC
2
0
1
0
2019.05.05 Sporting Kansas City
Atlanta Utd
0
3
0
1
2019.04.27 Atlanta Utd
Colorado Rapids
1
0
0
0
2019.04.20 Atlanta Utd
FC Dallas
1
2
0
1
2019.04.13 New England Revolution
Atlanta Utd
0
2
0
1
2019.03.30 Columbus Crew
Atlanta Utd
2
0
2
0
2019.03.17 Atlanta Utd
Philadelphia Union
1
1
0
0
2019.03.10 Atlanta Utd
FC Cincinnati
1
1
1
0
2019.03.03 DC United
Atlanta Utd
2
0
1
0

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