Atlanta United has had one heck of a first season! In fact, with a 15-8-7 record, they're heading to the MLS playoffs! I wasn't sure what to expect when I found out we were going to get a soccer (football, to the rest of the world) team. I had high hopes, of course, but I also know that new teams don't tend to start out strong, even if all the talent is there.
Sure enough, AU did not start strong. I was lucky enough to make it to the first game, and to see their first goal. They actually managed to score first, which was very exciting7. However, the other team turned things around in the second half, and AU wound up losing the first game. Their subsequent games were a mixed bag- wins, losses, and draws all coming in about equal measure.
That is, until the halfway point of the season. Something click in the team, and things changed. One win came after another, until the team had gone on to win 9 of their last 16 games, with only two losses. Perhaps the new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium helped in some way. Whatever the cause AU had an awesome second half of the season and has secured a spot in the playoffs.
But the regular season isn't over yet! AU has two more regular season games before the playoff. They hope for wins, to boost their standing in the playoffs, but AU goes no matter what happens. Following that, the playoffs begin on October 25 or 26, depending on how the remaining games go.