Atlanta United FC are one of the newer MLS Soccer teams having been founded in 2014 and competing in their first MLS season in 2017.
Known as “The Five Stripes”, Atlanta United play their home games at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and are owned by Arthur Blank who also owns NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons and is the co-founder of Home Dept.
Atlanta United surpassed all expectations in their inaugural season, progressing to the playoffs becoming only the third team in MLS history to do so at the first attempt. It was a remarkable achievement and one helped by Josef Martinez scoring 20 goals in 22 games in addition to the 13 goals in 35 games scored by Argentinian midfielder Hector Villalba. The fairytale ended in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of Columbus Crew.
The following year was another successful one for Atlanta who finished second in the Eastern Conference only two points behind New York Red Bulls. Martinez added to his glowing reputation with another 33 goals in 36 games in all competitions to break the MLS scoring record.
Atlanta United FC Next Game
Atlanta United FC are the best supported team in the MLS, based on the average attendance, which gives them a significant advantage when they are on home soil. Who do Atlanta United play next and where are they playing? The handy widget below reveals all.
The MLS regular season sees teams fly all over the United States in a bid for glory. MLS teams traditionally perform much better at home than they do away, partly because of the vast distances on the road teams have to travel.
Check out the full Atlanta United schedule below and look for series of games where Atlanta are likely to be favorites. Could you make more money making a parlay bet on these fixtures?
Atlanta United FC Current Standings
There’s a saying in soccer that the league table never lies, meaning a team at the top of the standings is going to be strong, while those laying towards the bottom will be the complete opposite. Where is Atlanta United in the MLS standings now? What about their opponents? Let’s take a look.
How to bet on Atlanta United FC
Atlanta United FC have taken the MLS by surprise by being a dominant team despite them being newcomers to the competition. Massive home support, top quality coaching from Gerardo Martino and a wealth of attacking talent have seen Atlanta United become one of the most popular MLS teams.
That attacking talent has seen Atlanta United score an incredible 140 goals in their first two regular seasons. They averaged 2.03 goals scored per game in 2018 but also leaked 1.21 goals per game on average, partly because of their attacking style of play that can leave them exposed in defense.
Some 25 of their 38 games played finished with over 2.5 goals and they are often fast out of the blocks with 33 of their 38 games seeing at least one goal scored in the first half; Atlanta did not play a 0-0 draw in 2018 regular season.
Most of the positive attacking moves Atlanta United make go through Josef Martinez who has scored 53 goals in 59 games in the MLS. Atlanta do have other players who are capable of finding the back of the net, but if Martinez’s name isn’t on the team sheet, do not expect Atlanta to score a glut of goals.
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