The Atlanta United FC is an expansion team that joined the MLS in 2017. Atlanta plays in the Eastern Conference and plays their home games in Atlanta, Georgia in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team is owned and operating by Arthur Blank, who also owns the football team the Atlanta Falcons and they share the same stadium. Blank has been committed to making the experience of the United unique and intimate in his stadium, unlike other teams that have played in a football stadium in the past. While the stadium could seat over 80,000 people, for soccer matches the upper decks are curtained off and the seats are retractable to allow for better viewpoints for the fans to accommodate the larger field. Blank has promised that there will never be lines from the football team on the field for a soccer match, something that has been commonplace for other teams in the past.
In their first season, the Atlanta United had the best attendance and were already the most supported team in the MLS. Atlanta played its first home game in Bobby Dodd Stadium to a crowd of 55,297. Yasmil Asad scored the first goal in team history in a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. The United broke records for attendance as they averaged over 48,000 in home league matches after their eventual move to the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta was not only successful drawing a crowd in their inaugural season, but they also played great on the field, becoming just the third expansion team in MLS history to make the playoffs on their first attempt. The Atlanta United finished in third place in the Eastern Conference and were seeded fourth for the playoffs, due to tiebreaker rules. They squared off against the Columbus Crew in their first playoff game and set an MLS playoff record as 67,221 fans went to the home game. After 120 minutes of scoreless action, the game was decided by penalty kicks and the United were defeated 3-1 to be eliminated from the playoffs.
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