Columbus Crew defender Lalas Abubakar (on ground) lays down a hard tackle on Atlanta United’s Mark Bloom during their showdown Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Charleston. (Photo by Alex Holt)

Atlanta United reports more than 30,000 season tickets sold

Atlanta United has surpassed 30,000 season tickets sold for its inaugural season in MLS.

The club announced the sales total Thursday. The amount extends what the team said is a record for an expansion team’s first season in MLS.

Atlanta United will open the regular season against New York Red Bulls on March 5 at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The club has sold more than 40,000 tickets for that game.

Atlanta United will play Charleston on Saturday in its final exhibition game.

A few thousand season tickets remain on sale.

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