Supporter Culture in Atlanta

Last year, North American Soccer League (NASL) team and Atlanta Silverbacks rival Minnesota United released a fun video showing their supporters group the Dark Clouds. Everyone who regularly attends Silverbacks games quietly laughed to themselves, thinking “how quaint, they only have one SG.”

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Atlanta Ultras chant in Section 101 during a game at Silverbacks Park.

That’s because Atlanta doesn’t just have one active supporters group – we have three! Not only that, there have been many others over the years, for the Silverbacks as well as other teams from the past. Each group has its own culture and identity and celebrates their team in different ways.

Here is a quick look at some of the groups around Atlanta including some from days gone by.

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Darren Eales Joins Atlanta MLS as Club President

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Are you one of the intrepid Tottenham Hotspur fans who travel to the Brewhouse every weekend to watch the team battle in the EPL? Then you’re bound to enjoy the news that hit today regarding the Atlanta Major League Soccer team that’s coming in 2017.

Darren Eales, who currently serves as executive director of football administration at Tottenham Hotspur since 2010, is now to be at the helm of the upcoming Atlanta team. While there is no start date set in stone yet, no doubt he’ll be heading over the pond soon to get things rolling.

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Atlanta Officially Gets an MLS Team

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Today, at an event held on the corner of Baker and Marietta Street, the dreams of thousands of soccer fans in Atlanta came true: Atlanta is officially the next Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise.

Arthur Blank, co-founder of the Home Depot franchise and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, joined MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, and US soccer legend Alexi Lalas in an afternoon event to announce the new team. While the official announcement happened upstairs at the Ventanas event space, a large crowd had also gathered in an empty lot across the street to cheer on the news. The team will play its first game in 2017.

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