Ta­lent-rich At­lanta might fuel soc­cer boom

USA TODAY US Edition - - USA TODAY SPORTS - Dan Wolken

AT­LANTA – On a Satur­day in early Oc­to­ber, in a town where col­lege foot­ball has long been king, more than 45,000 peo­ple in Mer­cedes-Benz Sta­dium were wit­nesses to a soc­cer earth­quake. Just 17 min­utes into a game against the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion, a first-year player for the At­lanta United named Ge­orge Bello went sprint­ing down the left side of the field on a free kick, touch­ing the pass across his de­fender and then slam­ming it be­tween the near post and the goal­keeper as pan­de­mo­nium erupted.

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