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Atlanta United obsessed; other sports are cool but not as much. Traveler with my wife and three kids.
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It was risky
It just sucks that the goal was scored directly because of the two subs. Had the risk worked out Gonzo would have been a hero. What I can appreciate though is him trying to fight through to the end with subs even in extra time with Machop coming in as a tall target for that corner. Oh well
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Off days happen
And as successful as he’s been, Pineda is still new and this was his first away match. Big difference from strolling down I-75 to MBS. There has to be something he can out his finger on that he’s probably like…."Yeah, probably shouldn’t have done that before an away game…"
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Because the this year really is a tale of two teams. The only real link between the two is how big of a hole Heinze left us in for Pineda to pull us out of.
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Boat Show is solid
Barquito rapido is also accurate. El capitan. Jack Sparrow.
I really need him to give a good quote
…we have really good beer here. Over the past 10-15 years the U.S. has gone through a wonderful craft beer movement, which has opened up a lot of people’s eyes to outstanding beer.
I also had at least $100 worth of it thrown on me last Saturday, which was fun because it wasn’t my beer getting thrown. I could never due that to the nectar of the gods. And beer prices at MBS (along with everything, actually) is extremely reasonably priced, unlike our typical overpriced stadium food and drink.
It’s so weird to talk about the history of a team that’s not quite (in terms of playing) 5 years old yet. But I definitely think that scrappy series against the Red Bulls in 2018 was some of the most fun soccer I’ve ever watched. Partially because it was against the Red Bulls and we truly couldn’t stand each other. In 2019 at that 3-3 draw I was standing on the edge of the pitch in one of the club-type areas they have where the players walk onto the field, and the stuff Julian Gressel and some of the other guys were yelling was hilarious. Those two teams despised each other. We had like three players fouled back to back to back, and on the fourth Gressel was grabbing the ball for a thrown in not 10 yards from us and he looks at the AR and says, "Is that F&%$ing enough, yet?"
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These are the two
I only ever watch. Braves games are fun, but the sport of baseball is just inherently slow. Truist Park does a good job though of keeping things enjoyable. The Battery is a neat place, too, they have that Rocky Patel cigar bar which is awesome
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A lot of what the world sees in football...
America has in American college football in terms of the intensity with fighting, ugliness, etc. And I don’t mean that to be all-encompassing, but you’re much more likely to see that at a college or pro football game than a soccer match. But, if Atlanta United is any indication, our fans are just as passionate, if not more so, than any other team and sport out there.
And I absolutely agree with your last statement. We do love an attack oriented team, for sure, we love to see the runs and the build-up and the pushing forward, but I also don’t think we’ve ever seen a beautiful defending team in Atlanta. We’ve seen multiple versions of a defensive-minded team, but not one that was beautiful. Frank de Boer clearly had the idea, I’ll give him that, but I think it was poorly executed. Our players are not, nor have they ever been to this point, defensive-minded players. That isn’t to say they can’t do it, but why make someone change their instincts when their instincts are working? I do love grittiness, though, and I feel like Mando Moreno and the team showed that the first part of this year, despite their coach seemingly doing everything in his power to pull them back.
We’ve seen some gritty Atlanta performances over the years, 2018 I think it was vs San Jose where we ended up winning like 4-3 after going down immensely. Early this year was gritty. I’d say we love a fight just as much as anyone; I love watching games where the refs let the guys play instead of calling fouls for every tap or touch (within reason). That all being said, though, I think we love the beauty of a free-flowing, dominant attack because it just feels like things are clicking in real time. The crescendo as one of the BAMM’s (or Miggy, formerly) makes a run upfield with the ball and let’s loose is just amazing. Even watching at home I spend more time standing than I do sitting when we’re playing that style.
If you ever find your way back to the U.S., I’d love to take you to a game at MBS, and then also a game just watched on TV at the house. The energy, at least for me, is all the same, just on a different level. We’ll give you some great, southern food, too
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It's a whole different culture
And one I don’t entirely understand because I care nothing about it. But as said above, the way they determine the bets is like another language. But….I wish I had bet some money on my prediction for the Cincinnati game!
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When this team is, as I say, "having fun," the players seem closer than ever to their fans. They’re more "human." I see the photos of the guys grilling, or attending each other’s birthday parties, and it feels so much more like they’re a part of the community. It feels like you could be right there with them, having a beer or rum and coke and just chillin’. That part doesn’t happen very often in other sports. Other sports, to me, just feel like a business. Sure, we’ll see little glimpses into player’s lives, but these guys have figured out a way to connect on and off the field. The Fusion Dance with Josef and Miggy? Man, I grew up watching Dragonball Z, so when I saw them do that back then I freaked out. And then when Miggy left and I was watching Atlanta’s CCL game against Herediano, and Josef scored and did half the fusion dance, I’ll be the first to admit I felt a bit choked up. And I think what frustrated the fanbase for so long wasn’t so much the bad play, because we all knew it was there, it was knowing certain coaches were stifling that fun factor which LED to bad play.
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And the stadium experience...
I have to say though, it isn’t just the stadium experience. Yes, that’s absolutely "fun," obviously. But to drive around this city and see ATLUTD flags flying from people’s front porches and car windows…that kind of soccer following was never normal for anywhere in America really. So many pubs around the city have watch parties, people host friends at their house just to watch a regular season match. People who met at games become friends, and even on the bad days when it’s painful to watch we still support the team. From the time I was last at a game in 2019 until the other day, I was just as into the matches and as passionate as ever watching from home. I think I’ve given my dogs PTSD from the yelling and punching air when we score a goal.
What the club has done, though, getting back to its roots and being fun again, doesn’t really have anything to do with MBS. Of course that’s always exciting, but what’s "fun" is seeing the team and whole club having a great time, not just being mindless fish out of water. It’s seeing the energy from the entire club flowing onto the field because we’ve regained the connection between the players and community, and that all comes from the work Gonzo, Valentino, and Eales have to revitalize everything.
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About the "fun" and the culture behind it
I love seeing your viewpoints, Marcelo, because people go to games here in the U.S. for various reasons, and the cultural differences between countries is always enlightening and interesting to me. And of course, there are regional and city differences for each sport, but I’ll stick to Atlanta for this. In Atlanta, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, fans show up and for the day and the differences are put aside, the craziness of the world is left outside, and we can all just focus on supporting our team and having fun. I’ve had people who don’t really care about the game go to watch Atlanta and tell me "that was the most amazing, high-energy event I’ve ever been to." Like…they’re awe-struck. The chants, the yelling, the supporting, the hugs and high-fives with complete strangers when we score is all a natural high. It truly is euphoric.
But that doesn’t take away from the tension and the "sitting on the edge of your seat." The people are truly involved in the game; some people sit and point out the tactical notes we see, even if we’re completely wrong, and others just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. It becomes more of an experience for everyone. If you love the game, you can be completely involved in the match (and most are), the food is good and inexpensive so many people get there early to enjoy a meal before, the kids have activities, and others who don’t care so much can go sit at one of the bars and enjoy a drink while still having a decent view. There are activities outside well before the gates to MBS open, so many people and families often make a day of it. We’re taking my middle son to his first match next week against Miami, and we’ve already planned on getting there early, trying to sign the golden spike, etc.
And that’s what I mean when I talk about the fan experience of "fun." I feel Atlanta developed a culture and identity of playing fun, attacking soccer and early on, they did an outstanding job of involving the fans in the excitement involved in high-pressure, high-scoring games. The way that place explodes when one of our players makes a run, not to mention scores a goal, is absolutely electrifying beyond anything I’ve ever seen. So we love watching the game, we stick with them when they have rough patches, but going to a game and returning to the club being like a family is something special to me. There are so many people from so many walks of life that would NEVER hang out or interact with each other if they didn’t have this club in common.
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In addition to the other awesome stuff he's doing...
Did y’all see Pineda at the 2’s game last night? He showed up in the stands with Terminus Legion to watch the game. The man is a class act.
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It's well on its way
It was fun…that’s all I can really say. The whole environment was off the chain and it felt like everyone was finally letting loose
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It worked in the club's favor
Because I honestly feel like Valentino found the clay and got it ready to go and then Gonzo was able to come in and shape it the right way. Neither worked without the other. Regardless, I love that Gonzo recognized what Rob had done.
I do appreciate it!
It was fun and something different
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I think 2019...
…Was the drunk stage where they were still doing cool, drunk people stuff. They just lost some of their coordination. 2020 was the massive hangover.