Atlanta was real winner of MLS All-Star game

Wendy Adams
August 02, 2018 - 11:35 am

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Last night's MLS All-Star game may have ended in a loss to Juventus but the city of Atlanta won the night (and the week). 

It was a record crowd for the league's All-Star game with 72,312 filling Mercedes-Benz Stadium; second largest crowd in American sports history. The game ended in a 1-1 draw but it was penalty kicks that sealed the 5-3 win for Juventus over the All-Stars.

Italy's reigning champions struck first on a header by Andrea Favilli in the 21st minute against Atlanta United keeper Brad Guzan. John said he had no chance on that goal. 

"It was a beautiful header. I'm not sure any goalie in the world saves that."

However, the crowd wouldn't have to wait long for the All-Stars to get on the board. In the 27th minute, the league's leading scorer, and Atlanta United's own, Josef Martinez would get a goal of his own. This goal resulting in him being named the game's MVP. Teammate and All-Star himself Michael Parkhurst still wowed by Martinez.

"Another fearless goal," said Parkhurst. "He sticks his head right in there and almost gets crushed in the face. He's already got a broken nose, but he doesn't care. The goal is more important for him and we're happy that he got another one."

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Atlanta United fans and the city definitely put on a show for the country and world to see. It started with the block party on the Beltline on Saturday, and ended with a spectacular showing for the All-Star match. Even soccer analyst Taylor Twellman, who was part of the TV broadcast last night, was in awe of the city and its love of soccer.

John said Atlanta made a statement last night and should have no problem in their bid for a FIFA World Cup game in 2026.

"There's no doubt that Atlanta secured at least a semi-final game last night."