The MLS Playoffs kick off Saturday and Georgia is ready. The season has reached its final stretch as the 14 remaining clubs fight for pride and glory. The defending champ, Atlanta United, will be getting the party started tomorrow. The Eastern Conference's second seed will host the New England Revolution at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as they begin the end of their journey to repeat last year's success.
Atlanta's in a unique position right now. In the team's third year as a franchise, to already being able to defend a National title, they certainly have something to be proud of. One would think that the team and its fans would be good to go for the playoffs on just that source of pride by itself. However, the Five Stripes' media team released a video today that will have any Atlanta sports fan hyped for this repeat attempt.
At the beginning of this season, things did not look so great for the Five Stripes. The (then) new coach in town, Frank De Boer was having a tough time adjusting to MLS. Considering the standard Atlanta set last season, many thought it would be far too dificult for Atlanta to reach those heights again this year. And yet, here we are.
If a sports team from Atlanta is going to do well, it has to do so in style. That just comes along with Atlanta's code of ethics. Clearly, ATL UTD's media team is well aware of this.
We imagine the brainstorm meeting ahead of the filming for this went something along the lines of, "How could we get every major athlete from some of Atlanta's most successful franchises and combine them with some notable artists AND get every single ATL UTD fan extremely hyped for these playoffs?"
Whether that's what was said or not can't be confirmed but that's essentially what went down. Check it out:
Of course, the Five Stripes faithful ate it up.
Here are some of Atlanta's best fan reactions:
Tomorrow's match against the Revolution kicks off at 1pm ET.