ATLANTA — In just 16 days – March 5 at 7 p.m. ET versus the New York Red Bulls – Atlanta United will play its first regular-season game as a member of Major League Soccer. The excitement surround the soccer team around the city is palpable.
Darren Eales, president of Atlanta United FC, stopped by the Kia Studios to speak with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas on The Morning Show Thursday. Here were some of the topics:
- Eales said that over 27,000 season tickets have already been sold, a record for an MLS expansion team. Over 40,000 tickets for the season opener at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium have been sold.
- Speaking of Bobby Dodd Stadium, Eales reaffirmed the date of July 30, Atlanta United’s first game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game will be against Orlando City SC.
- Eales described his approach to team building and the type of players Atlanta United has signed as, “young, fast and fluid, similar to the Falcons. He also said the team’s style would revolve around action… “High-scoring games, exciting.”
- Fricke and Hugh got into a discussion with Eales on American goalkeepers and why they’ve had a high rate of success on the worldwide scene. Eales attributed some of that to the fact that they grew up playing basketball and American football. He also mentioned U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who will be joining Atlanta United in July.
Click below to listen to the entire discussion with Atlanta United president Darren Eales: