Atlanta United

So, Dan and I were talking about this earlier and it seems worth discussing.

Football (not American Football, silly reader) is something that seems very focused on the supporters.  When I went to a match last year in Atlanta, my friend (who is from England) asked me where the supporters section for the other team was located.  In a stadium where there were 70 thousand people, it seemed impossible to find a region of the stadium where a few hundred people were cheering for Toronto.

Today Atlanta United had over 72,000 people at their match to watch their game, and while you can find some amazing highlights of how engaged they were for most of the time the crowd sits there quietly.  I just wonder if that is a function of American sports, because the support of your team is a massive part of European football (and one of the major things that drew me to Crystal Palace.)

If you go to a baseball game, you sit on the front of your seat for a second or two, and cheer for your team, but then you sit back and relax for 30 seconds.  For an NFL game, it’s 3 or 4 seconds of screaming, and then waiting (and drinking) for 30 or 40 seconds.  Hockey is a completely different world, so I won’t reflect on that.

I absolutely love what the supporters are doing here.  It’s awesome to see 70,000 people show up on a Sunday to watch a match in Atlanta, but I just wish that they could bring a bit more of the passion that you see when you turn on a Bundesliga or La Liga match, as that is what the MLS aspires to be in the future.

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