March 5, 2017, Atlanta: The Atlanta United RC gather for a team photo before taking on the N.Y. Red Bulls during their first game in franchise history on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/

Atlanta United has fourth largest soccer crowd in world

It seems that at least for one week, Atlanta is a soccer town.

According to, Atlanta United’s inaugural game against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium had the fourth-largest attendance of any soccer game around the world last weekend.

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Here is the list:

The largest soccer crowds in the world last weekend, according to

1. 79,100 Borussia Dortmund-Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

2. 77,117 Barcelona-Celta Vigo (Spain)

3. 75,245 Manchester United-Bournemouth (England)

4. 55,297 Atlanta United-NY Red Bulls (U.S., MLS)

5. 54,014 Borussia Moenchengladbach-Schalke 04 (Germany)

6. 53,146 Liverpool-Arsenal (England)

7. 51,500 Eintracht Frankfurt-Freiburg (Germany)

8. 50,000 FC Cologne-Bayern Munich (Germany)

In 2014, the Atlanta United became Major League Soccer's 22nd franchise, beginning play in 2017.

You’ll notice that there are no other expansion teams anywhere on the list. In fact, some of the clubs are the considered the best in the world with history and tradition that Atlanta United may not even aspire to at this point.

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MLS attendance in Week 1

2. 25,527 NYCFC at Orlando

3. 23,554 Dallas at Los Angeles

4. 21,144 Minnesota United at Portland

5. 20,758 Seattle at Houston

6. 19,519 Toronto at Real Salt Lake

7. 19,083 Philadelphia at Vancouver

8. 18,268 Sporting KC at D.C. United

9. 18,000 Montreal at San Jose

10. 16,126 New England at Colorado

11. 15,023 Chicago at Columbus

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