An Atlanta team tries to make history Saturday night when Atlanta United plays Portland for the MLS Cup in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
A win would give the city its first major sports championship since the Braves won the World Series in 1995. Atlanta also won a soccer title in 1968 when the Chiefs won the NASL. The Georgia Swarm won the National Lacrosse League in 2017.
Over 70,000 fans will attend Saturday’s sold-out match, which starts at 8 p.m. But if you can’t be there, there’s still plenty of ways to follow along.
On TV: The match will be broadcast on FOX in English and also on Unimas in Spanish.
Radio: 92.9 The Game (FM) in English or La Mejor 1600 (AM) in Spanish.
Watch parties: There’s plenty around the city but here’s a link to a list of official gatherings.
Atlanta United will wear its red and black kits, known as the 5 Stripes. Atlanta United is 9-2-5 this season, including 8-1-4 in this primary kit at home this season.
Atlanta United is a prohibitive favorite -- fivethirtyeight.com calculates it at a 77 percent probability -- to defeat Portland and win the MLS Cup.
Atlanta United and Portland have faced each other twice in the past two years. They drew 1-1 at Providence Park in the 2017 season. They drew 1-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season.
Atlanta United finished with 69 points this season, tied for second-most in league history. They were the second seed in the East. The Timbers finished with 54 points. They were the fifth seed in the West.
Atlanta United missed out on hardware last year when it was knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup, the race for the Supporters’ Shield, and then the playoffs in an excruciating shootout loss to Columbus.
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