Atlanta United FC is one of the newest teams in MLS. They made their debut in 2017 as an expansion team. However, the team quickly stole Atlanta's heart. They have the best attendance and some of the most vocal supporters in the league. Get your tickets to see Atlanta United FC live on StubHub, the world's largest ticketing marketplace.
Atlanta United FC background
Atlanta's selection as the home for an expansion team was first announced in 2014. The team's owner, Arthur Blank, also owns the Atlanta Falcons. His experience in the world of pro sports helped the new team make a smooth transition to the big leagues. In addition to sharing an owner with the Falcons, the teams share a home field in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta United FC played their first season in 2017 at Mercedes Benz Stadium. They won 15 games and made it to the Round of 16 in the playoffs. The following season, 2018, saw Atlanta win an impressive 21 games. That year, they would make it to the Eastern Conference final. With such a great start, this team captivated Atlanta's sports fans.
Atlanta United FC biggest rivalries
As an expansion team that plays a gutsy style of soccer, Atlanta United FC has a lot in common with LAFC of the Western Conference. When these teams play, sometimes the score looks uneven, but that doesn't reflect the tough play on the field. LAFC is shaping up to be Atlanta's cross-country rival.
Closer to home, Atlanta United has a legitimate rivalry with the Columbus Crew. This is the team that eliminated them from the Knockout Round of the 2017 playoffs. With that kind of start, these teams may have bad blood for many seasons to come.
Atlanta United FC milestones
Atlanta United played one of their most spirited games in franchise history in April of 2018 when they faced off against Los Angeles' LAFC. In front of a sold-out crowd of 45,000 home fans, Josef Martinez set an MLS record by scoring his 24th goal in just 25 games. With this feat, he broke the records set by players like Mamadou Diallo and Carlos Ruiz. The high, shut-out score also sparked a rivalry with LAFC, a proud club with a devoted fanbase.
Similar to Atlanta United FC
Atlanta United is a beloved addition to a sports scene that includes the Falcons, Thrashers, Hawks and Braves. Their rivals in Major League Soccer include the Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls.
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