At­lanta goes for a rare sports ti­tle in MLS Cup fi­nal

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS -

AT­LANTA >> A city that has known plenty of sport­ing heart­break is one win from a cham­pi­onship. It sure has been a while.

At­lanta hasn’t won a ma­jor pro­fes­sional ti­tle since the Braves cap­tured the 1995 World Se­ries. A 2-year-old soc­cer team has a chance to end the drought when At­lanta United hosts the Port­land Tim­bers in the MLS Cup fi­nal Satur­day night be­fore an ex­pected crowd of 73,000 at Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium.

“I was tex­ting the mayor the other evening,” United owner Arthur Blank said. “She’s al­ready planned on a pa­rade, so she’s ahead of me. We haven’t a pa­rade in At­lanta, a sports-re­lated pa­rade, since 1995. God will­ing and play will­ing, we’ll be in po­si­tion to do that again next week.”

Blank was on hand for per­haps the city’s big­gest dis­ap­point­ment. He also owns the Fal­cons, who reached the Super Bowl for just the sec­ond time in 2016, only to squan­der a 25-point lead late in the third quar­ter. The Pa­tri­ots ral­lied for a 34-28 vic­tory in over­time.

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