Atlanta United FC is set to take the MLS stage Sunday, and the city of Atlanta waits with ticket in hand and an air of expectation.
Since its founding in 1993, Major League Soccer has never expanded inside of the Peachtree City limits, but that all changes Sunday night as Atlanta United FC takes the pitch for their MLS début against the New York Red Bulls.
Most expansion teams that make their inaugural debuts aren’t expected to make much noise in their first campaign, but don’t tell that to the city of Atlanta. Atlanta United FC has destroyed competition in exhibition matches leading up to Sunday night going 3-1 with their only loss being to Eastern Conference rival the Columbus Crew SC, 2-1.
Sunday night will provide this newly founded club an opportunity to put the MLS on notice. The New York Red Bulls are amongst the leagues elite, and if United FC want to be taken seriously what better way to do so than to defeat the Red Bulls on prime-time television for the world to see.
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Fox Sports contributor Ryan Rosenblatt reported Bobby Dodd Stadium is sold out at a max capacity of 55,000 people. Do you sports fans really think the city of Atlanta is still mourning the Super Bowl LI loss? I think not.
Rosenblatt has also since reported that 30,000 fans have already purchased season tickets, and once Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens in the summer there are only 40,000 seats.
The city of Atlanta has this feeling of excitement in the air with the début of United FC. The support coming from the city is astounding, and when the whistle blows tomorrow night with it will go the roof on the stadium.
So grab your beverage of choice and buckle up MLS fans, because come Sunday night Atlanta United FC arrives, and by the looks of it they’re coming to unite and conquer.
Atlanta United takes on the New York Red Bulls Sunday night at 7:30 pm on FS1.