A world record for spectators

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2:59 p.m.

For the first time since March 2020, a football match welcomed more than 40,000 spectators on Saturday, during the MLS meeting between Atlanta and Montreal.

An image that we had not seen for a long time. Too long. On Saturday, the MLS (Major League Soccer) match between Atlanta and Montreal broke a world attendance record dating back to 2020, as it hosted 40,116 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Unheard of since March 2020 and the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This is not, however, a record for all sports in the United States. Last week, there were indeed 70,000 spectators at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Texas), for the night of boxing which saw the victory of Saul « Canelo » Alvarez against Billy Joe Saunders to unify the WBO titles, WBA and WBC super middleweight.

This match almost ended in a goalless draw, but Marcelino Moreno appeared at the end of added time (90th + 4) to take over a center from Jake Mulraney and offer a precious success to the franchise of Georgia ( 1-0), which remained on two games without a win, on the lawn of the New England Revolution (2-1) and that of Inter Miami (1-1). « It’s beautiful to see so many people in the stadium, then rejoiced the former Parisian and Marseillais Gabriel Heinze, appointed coach of Atlanta United last December. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this. And football is for people. For the rest, I am very happy, because the players did everything to achieve the victory. « It is only the second victory for Atlanta since the start of this new MLS season, after the one acquired, already at home, against the Chicago Fire on the second day, at the end of April. In the standings, Heinze’s men are second in the Eastern Conference, with the same number of points as the Quebecers, who now have a record of two wins, two draws and two losses.

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