History of Atlanta United FC
Atlanta United FC is a professional soccer team based in Atlanta, Georgia. Here, they compete in MLS as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference. The team was founded on April 16, 2014, and played its first season in MLS in 2017.
Despite being a relatively new team in the league, Atlanta United has quickly made a name for itself as one of the most successful franchises in MLS history. In their inaugural season, Atlanta United set the record for the highest average attendance in MLS history. They ended up drawing an average of over 48,000 fans per home game. Then, the team also made it to the playoffs in its first season, reaching the conference finals.
In 2018, Atlanta United took home its first MLS Cup championship, defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0 in the final. They were led by star players such as Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez, and Brad Guzan. Finally, they were coached by the legendary Argentine manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
Atlanta United continued its success in the following years, making the playoffs in both 2019 and 2020. In 2019, they won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team ended up adding another trophy to its collection.
Atlanta Faces Some Challenges
Despite facing some challenges in the 2021 season, including the departure of head coach Gabriel Heinze and the injury of star player Josef Martinez, Atlanta United FC remains a strong and competitive team in MLS. They continue to have a loyal fan base and strong support from the city of Atlanta.
Overall, the history of Atlanta United in MLS is one of remarkable success and growth. Atlanta United has set attendance records in its first season and won championships and trophies. In the end, Atlanta United has quickly become one of the most successful and beloved teams in MLS.
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