SOCCER

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - OUTDOORS -

The MLS sin­gle-game at­ten­dance record be­longs to a first-year ex­pan­sion club.

At­lanta United’s crowd of 70,425 Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium had every­one buzzing about the new game in town.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble,” MLS com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber said. “I think it says that there are re­ally no lim­its. We never re­ally ex­pected this to hap­pen.”

Break­ing the MLS mark of 69,225 set at the Rose Bowl by the Los An­ge­les Galaxy in 1996, At­lanta hosted the most at­tended U.S. soccer game since the New York Cos­mos sold over 77,000 tick­ets for a North Amer­i­can Soccer League play­off game at Giants Sta­dium in 1977.

United drew over 150,000 fans to its first three games at the new sta­dium, which will host an­other sell­out Sun­day night when the At­lanta Fal­cons play the Green Bay Pack­ers.

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