By Nick Baum
MONDAY – 12/10/18
Atlanta United, one of the newest teams in Major League Soccer, have won the MLS Cup in just their second season. They beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 at the Mercedez Benz Stadium in front of a record-setting 70,000 people to become champions of the MLS.
Because of the championship win, Atlanta United has become the second-fastest team to win a championship since creation in American sports. The fastest team to do so is also in the MLS, the Chicago Fire, who won the MLS Cup in their first year.
Atlanta United had overcome many obstacles and records along the way. The team’s star player, Josef Martinez, scored the most goals in MLS history as well as winning MVP in what is most likely his final season in the MLS. They got a first-round bye, beat New York City FC by a large margin, and beat the New York Red Bulls for their first time to go to the MLS Championship.
Sources: Fox Sports, MLS.com, ESPN