Major League Soccer

Atlanta United players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Minnesota United 2-1 the U.S. Open Cup soccer final Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / AP

Pity Martinez scored a goal and set up an own-goal by Minnesota with a nifty pass, leading short-handed Atlanta United to another trophy with a 2-1 victory in the final of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. 

  

Atlanta finished the game with 10 players after Leandro Gonzalez Pirez received a red card, holding off Minnesota United’s relentless pressure in the closing minutes. Michael Boxall had a chance to tie it but sent the ball over the crossbar with a shot from right in front.

GPB/ Stephen Fowler

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.

Atlanta United

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. 

 

 

Atlanta United FC / Twitter

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.

WikiCommons

The U.S. didn’t make the cut for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Americans will still be represented when competition kicks off today in Russia — by a group of student journalists from Kennesaw State University. They’re in Moscow to report, podcast and live tweet the global spectacle, and yes, this plum assignment actually counts for college credit.

 

 

 

 


Atlanta United

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.

MLS All-Star Game Headed To Atlanta in 2018

Oct 24, 2017
Mike Stewart / AP Photo/File

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.

Stephen Fowler, GPB News

Atlanta’s first Major League Soccer team plays its inaugural game Sunday to a sold out crowd.

Atlanta United hosts one of the league’s founding clubs, the well-established New York Red Bulls.

It’ll be a tough contest for the fledgling Atlanta team.

Yesterday, I drove out to Flowery Branch to see how they’re playing and feeling ahead of their first game.

About three dozen soccer players are scrimmaging in small groups of six at their practice facility about an hour north of Atlanta.