Atlanta United FC

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Atlanta United FC has been a huge success in major league soccer competition and in cultivating a rabid fan base that makes matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium feel like a party.

Eumir Gutierrez or "DJ EU" is essential to the raucous vibe. On Second Thought invited him to the studio to learn more about his path from spinning records at Atlanta clubs to house DJ for Atlanta's beloved soccer club.

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez gestures to the crowd after the team defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in an MLS soccer Eastern Conference quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Julian Gressel scored in the 10th minute, Josef Martinez added a late goal and defending champion Atlanta United beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

United will host Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Toronto beat top-seed New York City FC 2-1 on the road Wednesday night. 

Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer watches during the second half of the team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
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The playoff run for MLS Cup defending champions Atlanta United continues with a conference semifinal match against Philadelphia Union. The winner will go on to face Toronto FC in the conference final and will be one step close to playing for the league title.  

Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez will miss at least one game with a knee and ankle injury.
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Atlanta United star Josef Martinez is expected to miss at least one game after injuring his right knee and ankle, a better-than-expected diagnosis that sets up the dynamic striker to be available for the MLS playoffs.

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Atlanta United is starting to resemble the team that won the MLS Cup five months ago.

Hector Villalba and Julian Gressel scored to lead resurgent Atlanta to its third victory in a row, 2-0 over Toronto FC in a matchup of the last two MLS Cup champions Wednesday night.

Atlanta United forwards Josef Martinez and Hector "Tito" Villabla try to get past Monterrey defenders during an Atlanta corner kick.
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Atlanta United may have pulled off a victory Wednesday night, but it was not enough to carry the team into the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Atlanta United suffered a 3-0 defeat in Mexico on Wednesday in their first game against Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

United went down early in the match, at the 15-minute mark, after a foul in the penalty box set up a Nicolas Sanchez goal that put Monterrey ahead for good.


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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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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."

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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Saturday in Atlanta was a day of impressive numbers for soccer fans.

Home team Atlanta United FC beat rival Orlando City SC 4-0. The win happened in front of a single crowd bigger than the combined crowds from both World Cup games that day.

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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.

Atlanta Stadium Official Says New Facility Ready In 3 Months

Apr 26, 2017
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Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the building is 90 percent done, and "is looking great."

The biggest holdup has been construction of the roof. Jenkins said the challenge with the roof has been installing the eight steel petals that would enable it to retract and open like a camera lens.


After securing their first win on the road last weekend, Atlanta United FC put together another signature performance to capture their first home win on Saturday.

Atlanta United (2-1) shut out the Chicago Fire (1-2) by a score of 4-0 in the afternoon contest.

Atlanta United Addressing Anti-Gay Chant At First Match

Mar 7, 2017
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Atlanta United said Monday it is "taking measures internally" to address an anti-gay chant used by some fans attending the team's first Major League Soccer match.

United spokesman Winkler said the team was aware of the chant during Sunday night's 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. In a statement to The Associated Press, the team said the chants "have no place in our matches" and fans participating in those chants will be removed from games.


Atlanta’s new soccer team - Atlanta United FC – may not have a head coach yet, but it has tons of fans. The team has already set a new record for the most season tickets sold by an expansion team. 

We speak with Atlanta United Team President Darren Eales about the new team and soccer’s growing popularity in the South. We also speak with Tara Goodwin-Ruffus, the events director for the Atlanta soccer support club Terminus Legion.