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A Trophy And A Broken Curse: Atlanta United Wins MLS Cup

Fans have shown their support for the Atlanta United – and not just at Saturday night’s championship match. In the team’s short history, attendance record after attendance record has been set.
Fans have shown their support for the Atlanta United – and not just at Saturday night’s championship match. In the team’s short history, attendance record after attendance record has been set.
Credit Emma Hurt / WABE

This sound postcard from Saturday’s game starts at the post-game press conference, with a question for Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino. It features fans John Love, Kevin Cheek, Davis Scott, Josh Hoeft, Chad Yoon, stadium employee Noel Robinson and Atlanta United midfielder Jeff Larentowicz.

Saturday night, 73,019 people were in the stands to watch the Atlanta United win the MLS Cup. (Emma Hurt/WABE)

After just two seasons, the Atlanta United became national professional soccer champions. They beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Sisters and season ticket holders Aya and Dapphia Philemon show their support for the Atlanta United. (Emma Hurt/WABE)

It was more than a trophy, though. It was the end of a curse.

The last time Atlanta won a national sports championship was when the Braves won baseball’s World Series in 1995.

Atlanta United has broken attendance record upon attendance record in the team’s short history and broke another one on Saturday, too: 73,019 people in the stands.

Kevin Cheek of Terminus Legion is shown at Saturday’s match. (Emma Hurt/WABE)