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Atlanta to host MLS All-Star game in 2018

New York (AFP) – Atlanta will host next season’s Major League Soccer All-Star game in recognition of the city’s record-breaking attendances this season, league officials said Monday.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Atlanta United’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium was a fitting venue for the game given the expansion side’s bumper crowds in its debut season.

“Atlanta United’s success is one of the most compelling and impressive expansion team launches in the history of pro sports,” Garber said.

“Atlanta and its supporters have earned the opportunity to host MLS All-Star week and showcase their passion for the beautiful game.”

The decision was announced after the latest in a series of record-setting crowds in Atlanta on Sunday.

A crowd of 71,784 watched the team’s final home game of the regular season against Toronto FC, a single-game record for an MLS match.

Atlanta had averaged an astounding 48,200 fans per home game during the regular season.

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  1. Ivan

    October 23, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Get rid of the MLS All-Star game, it’s pointless, don’t mimic other professional leagues in this country, it’s recipe for failure.

    Columbus Crew to Austin. Are you kidding me? What a joke!

    Get rid of the single entity system, and playoffs-it’s killing competition and hunger. Oooh, your team didn’t make the playoffs, Boo-Hoo! Reward merit and success.

    Get rid of fake plastic turf stadiums-truly disgusting that Tata Martino’s team is forced to play on abomination fake turf in Atlanta and share a stadium with the NFL team. Reinforces the Mickey Mouse league image.

    Finally, get rid of Garber-he’s a clueless corporate Muppet who doesn’t know if the ball is round or square…with him at the helm, MLS is doomed to mediocrity forever and ever.

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