Record MLS Crowd Watches Atlanta Draw With Orlando City

Atlanta United set a new standard for attendance for the MLS, as it played host to Orlando City SC and the biggest single-game crowd in MLS history at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday night. Follow our betting tips here.

Atlanta United attracted 70,425 to the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the best attended domestic game in the United States since the previous MLS mark of 69,225, set at the Rose Bowl by the Los Angeles Galaxy in their first ever game in 1996.

Seattle has led the league in average attendance every year they entered MLS in 2009. However, the Sounders’ best ever season average in 2015 was 44,247, whilst Atlanta’s average attendance is an impressive 46,318. This sees it top the league by a whopping 215% of the league average. Seattle’s average this season is about 2,000 less.

In what was the third meeting of these two Southeastern clubs this season, they showcased on national TV one of the wildest games in recent history. Tom Dwyer scored a brace for Orlando in the 10th and 39th minute.

Josef Martinez scored his second straight hat-trick in the 36th, 55th and 69th minute, taking him to 7 goals in their last three games, which places him in sole possession of fourth place in the MLS Golden Boot race with 16 goals despite playing just 14 games, barely half the numbers of most of his nearest competitors.

Cyle Larin also got his name on the score sheet, scoring for Atlanta in the 58th minute.

Coming off the back of two of it’s best games this season having defeated FC Dallas 3-0 last Sunday and New England Revolution 7-0 on Wednesday, Atlanta had to settle for a 3-3 draw in this one against Orlando City.

Atlanta next face LA Galaxy, once again in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium this coming Thursday.

 

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