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The stands are packed with red-and-black-clad fans who chant incessantly, accompanied by a steady drumbeat and swirling flags.

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"Atlanta!" they shout from one end of Bobby Dodd Stadium.

 

"United!" everyone else responds.

 

There's plenty to cheer about with an expansion team that has already displayed a dynamic style of play, scoring 11 goals in its first three games.

 

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The inaugural season is now underway for Atlanta's new Major League Soccer team. Atlanta United FC lost to the New York Red Bulls in Sunday’s opener at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium. But, in other ways, the match was a “win” for the new team.

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Twenty-five minutes into the game, Yamil Asad scored the first goal in Atlanta United history. Then, right at the end of the game, New York scored twice – finishing the game with an Atlanta defeat.

Taz Anderson, former Georgia Tech football player and Atlanta real estate giant, died Sept. 26 at 77 years old, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Anderson was born in Savannah on Nov. 15, 1938. He went on to play fullback at Georgia Tech, being named All-SEC in 1959.

Anderson suited up for 62 games in the National Football League, including a stint with the first Falcons team in 1966.

Mick Jagger, Chuck Leavell and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones perform at the United Center on Friday, May 31, 2013 in Chicago.
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Looking ahead at some of this weekend’s concerts, we have a genre-hopping act originally from Atlanta, the New Kids and some old Stones. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, performs with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, left, and drummer Charlie Watts during a concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
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The Rolling Stones are hitting the road this summer. The latest tour kicks off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego.

On June 9, the Stones will visit Atlanta, with a show at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Other cities on the jaunt include Orlando, Nashville and Pittsburgh. Tickets for the U.S. cities on this tour go on sale April 13.