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Atlanta United Academy U-14 team after winning youth tournament
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In 2018,  Atlanta United defender George Bello became the sixth youngest player in Major League Soccer history to score a goal at age 16.

He’s a homegrown soccer player that trained at the Atlanta United Academy for several years before being signed in 2018.

The league requires each team to run programs like the Academy to train boys starting from age 11 to be the next generation of star players for the league.


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When you think of sports in Georgia, your mind might immediately jump to football then maybe basketball or baseball.

But, according to a 2018 Gallup poll, soccer is now a more popular sport to watch among 18 to 54-year olds than baseball, and, because of this, professional soccer is a growing business opportunity.


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Soccer is considered the most popular sport in the world. Half of the world's population watched some part of the month-long 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to FIFA.

As popular as soccer is globally, Georgia soccer fans still stand out for their dedication to the sport.


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Soccer in the Streets

If you ask adults why they played sports as a kid, they might say because it was fun. 

If you ask adults what skills they learned from sports, they might say teamwork, discipline and leadership. 

Teaching young people those life skills is the mission of Atlanta-based non-profit Soccer in the Streets, which is marking three decades working in communities like Clarkston, Vine City and Jonesboro. 

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Atlanta United played their first home game of the MLS season on Sunday, drawing with FC Cincinnati by a score of 1-1.

Atlanta started the game with a goal by MVP Josef Martinez, his first of the season.

But after holding the lead for 80 minutes, Atlanta gave up the tying score to expansion team FC Cincinnati, which was only playing its second game in Major League Soccer.

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Atlanta United Owner Arthur Blank stopped by the Georgia Capitol on Thursday to thank lawmakers and fans across Georgia for their support of the teams Major League Soccer championship.

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Atlanta United lost their first game in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament in Costa Rica on Thursday by a score of 3 to 1 against Herediano.

United were the favorites entering the match, but costly mistakes repeatedly hurt Atlanta and led to easy goals for the Costa Rican club.

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Atlanta United plays its first game in an international tournament Thursday.

The CONCACAF Champions League pits top ranked teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean against one another.


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Atlanta United fans are saying goodbye to one of the team's most beloved players, Miguel Almiron.

The 24 year old from Paraguay is reportedly being transferred to Newcastle in the English Premier League for a MLS record breaking fee of $27 million dollars.


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Atlanta United’s new head coach says he’s eager to start working with the MLS Cup-winning soccer team. 

On Monday, the City of Atlanta held its first sports championship victory parade since 1995 when the Braves won the World Series.  

Atlanta United won the Superbowl of Major League Soccer Saturday, defeating the Portland Timbers 2 – 0 in the MLS Cup.

In just two seasons, the team has broken every fan attendance record in the league, setting a new one over the weekend with 73,000 people at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Atlanta’s unique fan zeal was on display at today’s parade.


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A cold and drizzly Monday morning did little to keep thousands of Atlanta United fans from flocking downtown to celebrate the team's Major League Soccer Championship.

The United secured the MLS Cup Saturday night, with a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


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It’s been 23 years since a professional sports team from Atlanta won a championship.

Thanks to Atlanta United, the wait is finally over.

Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Saturday to secure the 2018 MLS Cup, giving the city it’s first professional sports champion since the ’95 Braves.

Atlanta struck first in the 39th minute when MLS MVP Josef Martinez pounced on a loose ball in the Portland box, dribbled past the goalkeeper and scored the opening goal of the match.

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Major League Soccer named the Atlanta United's Josef Martinez the league’s Most Valuable player Wednesday.

 


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The city of Atlanta has hosted several major sporting events since the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium last year. 

The city could also host the MLS Cup later this month and is being considered as a site for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

GPB's Rickey Bevington talks with Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso about the economic impact of these events and the teams that represent the city.


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Atlanta United is heading to the MLS Cup Final on Dec. 8, and this weekend marks the SEC Championship between Georgia and Alabama.

GPB reporter Ross Terrell and "Morning Editon" producer Taylor Gantt joined "On Second Thought" to share their predictions on the upcoming games.

We're getting close to the high school football championships time, then College Bowl games and finally Super Bowl LIII right here in Atlanta. Whether you follow the game or the traditions that surround it, Jon Nelson has the play-by-play.

He joined "On Second Thought" to discuss upcoming games and his podcast, "Football Fridays in Georgia."


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Atlanta's pro soccer team hosts New York City Sunday Nov. 11 in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. Atlanta United beat New York City FC 1-0 Nov. 4 at Yankee Stadium. Whichever team scores the most goals over these two games advances to the Eastern Conference Finals.  

 

GPB Sports' Jon Nelson hosts the podcast "Soccer Down Here" about soccer in the South.  He spoke with "All Things Considered" Atlanta host Rickey Bevington about Atlanta’s successful second season. 

 

 

What makes a city special? Is it the towering architecture near your workplace? Is it the street corner where you catch the bus? How do you categorize the spaces and places that remind you of community both past and present?

 

We spoke with journalists from The Guardian, a UK-based newspaper, about their project Guardian Atlanta Week. They spent a week in the city exploring the special qualities that define place.

 


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Atlanta sports fans, rejoice. The Braves are leading the National League - East by four games. Atlanta United continues to dominate the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer, and landed six of its players on the all star game roster for this year. Plus, the Atlanta Dream is ranked third in the Eastern Conference of the WNBA, despite a close loss to the Chicago Sky on June 27.


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In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke records for attendance at U.S. soccer matches. In its second season, fans are still packing the stands.

Atlanta has a rich history of sports that has been historically dominated by college and professional football. But now that Atlanta has a professional soccer team, the sports culture in the city is shifting, said John Nelson, a senior correspondent and host for sports at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Nelson also co-hosts the podcast “Soccer Down Here.”

“When it comes to Atlanta United, what you’re looking at is the expectation of success and all of the trappings that come with it,” he said.

In the past few years, Atlanta sports teams have struggled. The Hawks had a terrible NBA season, the Falcons had a devastating Super Bowl meltdown last year, and the Braves have not been doing well in baseball either.

Soccer fans don’t think Atlanta United has that kind of baggage.

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Atlanta’s professional soccer team has come a long way fast. Atlanta United took to the field for the first time in March 2017. Now it draws in tens of thousands of fans. Atlanta United FC squares off against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We talked with the team’s president, Darren Eales.

Atlanta’s professional soccer team has come a long way fast. Atlanta United took to the field for the first time in March 2017. Now it draws in tens of thousands of fans. Atlanta United FC squares off against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We talked with the team’s president, Darren Eales.

 

Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his pick for Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia. In January, GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee looked at legislative efforts to improve services like health care and internet access in rural parts of the state. She spoke with Mark Niesse, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Sharon Wright Austin, Political Science Professor at the University of Florida.

 

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This week’s implosion of the Georgia Dome rounds out what has been a historic year for Atlanta sports.

2017 will go down as the year when the Falcons logged the most embarrassing loss in Super Bowl history; the Falcons and the Atlanta Braves opened new stadiums; and Atlantans embraced the city’s first Major League Soccer club.

The man behind almost all of this is Arthur Blank.

New $1.6B Mercedes-Benz Stadium Rises; Georgia Dome To Be Destroyed

Nov 17, 2017
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The Dome wasn't built in a day, but it will be demolished in a flash on Monday morning.

Courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons, GPB will have a live stream of the implosion beginning at 7:00 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20. We will also have an on-demand video of the demolition available shortly after the event in case you miss the live broadcast.

Check out gpb.org/dome for our complete coverage of the Georgia Dome demolition.

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In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke MLS attendance records and made the playoffs. The team plays its first postseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Thursday night against the Columbus Crew. We talked with AU President Darren Eales about Georgia’s growing passion for what the rest of the world calls football.

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Atlanta’s professional soccer team plays its first ever playoff game tonight against the Columbus Crew at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

 

Atlanta United FC has enjoyed a stellar inaugural season, performing well on the field but even better in the stands.

MLS All-Star Game Headed To Atlanta in 2018

Oct 24, 2017
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Atlanta's new stadium has landed another big event.

Major League Soccer announced Monday that its 2018 All-Star Game will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, one day after Atlanta United set records for single-game and season attendance.

"We're honored," United owner Arthur Blank said at a news conference attended by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "We will not let you down."

Mercedes-Benz Stadium already landed the College Football Playoff championship game, which will be held in January, as well as the 2019 Super Bowl and the men's basketball Final Four in 2020.

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