Darren Eales sensed the potential for a rabid soccer fan base in Atlanta long before the expansion United first took the field.
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The Atlanta United president just didn't know how quickly it would blossom.
Atlanta leads Major League Soccer in attendance, averaging 46,482 fans per game. The Seattle Sounders (42,628), the longtime league leaders in attendance, are second. The average attendance for an MLS game is 21,327.