Twellman: Atlanta United The Biggest Show In Town

Falcons? Braves? Hawks? Nope, the Atlanta United are the talk of the town

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December 04, 2018 - 12:29 pm

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When you think of the Atlanta sports scene, what do you think of? Falcons and Braves, right? Maybe the Hawks and Dream?

Well, you should probably start thinking of Atlanta United, which draws upwards of 70,000 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“I show up every time in Atlanta, Uber or cab driver, and they’re arguing with me about something I said,” ESPN MLS Analyst Taylor Twellman said on The DA Show. “The best part about this is then I’ll argue with them about SEC football and they blow me off. And they’re like, ‘I don’t want to talk about that. I don’t care about that.’ Or the Falcons.”

It’s true. Even Falcons owner Arthur Blank would admit it. 

“Good on him for answering,” Twellman said. “I said what’s a better experience? He goes, ‘Oh, Atlanta United blows the Falcons out of the water.’ From the entire weekend to everything, he said it is shocking that he didn’t know this 20 years ago. I said I think you’re being unfair. But look at the Falcons/Ravens game from the past weekend. You and I could have showed up, paid 10 bucks and got in.”

Atlanta hosted the SEC Championship last Saturday. But the Alabama-Georgia thriller played second fiddle to the MLS Cup.

“Leading news stations is Atlanta United hosting MLS Cup,” Twellman said. “The best part about it is it’s not me having to make it up. It’s just fact. There’s no opinion there. But I love landing and the Uber driver looking at me, calling me a complete idiot because I said the right back of Atlanta United’s first touch isn’t good enough. That’s when you know you’ve made it.”

In other news, Twellman weighed in on the U.S. Men’s National Team hiring Gregg Berhalter as head coach. Twellman was highly critical of Team USA for missing the World Cup and remains skeptical about the team’s prospects moving forward.

“It has nothing to do with Gregg Berhalter,” he said. “We interviewed Michael Parkhurst, a former national team player and captain of Atlanta United right now – and he played for Gregg Berhalter. I said, ‘What’s your biggest concern about Gregg Berhalter?’ He said, ‘Gregg’s got to get the guys believing in playing for the red, white and blue again.’ When you hear that sound bite, you’re like, ‘Wait, what? What does that mean?’

“So it actually has nothing to do with Gregg Berhalter,” Twellman continued.” “My skepticism still relies on how many Americans are playing at a high level around the world? How many Americans are playing consistently in Major League Soccer? You can have the best coach in the world, but if you don’t have the players, that’s not good enough. So my skepticism still remains.”

Berhalter, a New Jersey native, played for the men’s national team from 1994 to 2006.

“If he comes out and they win a ton of games and the young Americans are playing well, my skepticism turns very quickly,” Twellman said. “But if you call me a year from now and we’re still talking about whether or not anybody is playing in Europe other than Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie, well, then all of a sudden I’m sitting there saying, ‘I don’t care who your coach is. Where are the players coming from?’ So I think the American fan will see it from results and less so just from (hiring) Gregg Berhalter.”