Fresh off of hosting the 2018 MLS All Star Game Atlanta is becoming a hotbed for soccer in America.
When one thinks of sports teams in Atlanta, they might immediately think about teams like the Hawks, Falcons, or even the Braves. But Atlanta’s newest team is experiencing great success and is drawing interest from all over the city. Joining the MLS in 2017 as a member of its Eastern Conference, Atlanta United FC has experienced success not only on the field but off the field too. Playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United is building something special for the city of Atlanta.
In its first year in the league, Atlanta United was able to finish tied for 3rd in the East, which was good enough to earn them a spot in the MLS playoffs. In their second year in the MLS, the soccer gods have once again smiled down on Atlanta, as they have posted a stellar 14-5-4 record to start the season, placing them in first place in the Eastern Conference. The team boasts one of the most potent offenses in the league, and some would argue in MLS history. However, it is not just the team’s success on the field that is making Atlanta the dream market for the MLS.
The supporters of Atlanta United FC have helped to create a special atmosphere for their team. Games are regularly packed and one thing is certain, Atlanta loves its soccer team. On July 15, 2018, Atlanta United set the league single-match attendance record with 72,243 fans in attendance. This broke the record the MLS record that the club had already previously owned. As of today, Atlanta United now holds the top 5 single-game attendance records in MLS, a tremendous feet accomplished by a team that has not even been in the league for two full seasons.
All the bricks are laid for Atlanta to continue to grow soccer in the state of Georgia. The recent MLS All Star Game that saw the MLS All Stars fall to Juventus in pk’s was an indication of this. The fans love their soccer down in Georgia and they love their team. One can only expect that in due time Atlanta will break its own record for attendance.