2017 Atlanta United FC season
The 2017 Atlanta United FC season was the first season of Atlanta United FC's existence, and the ninth year that a professional soccer club from Atlanta, Georgia competed in the top division of American soccer. Atlanta played at Bobby Dodd Stadium for the first half of the season, then finished the season at the team's new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, once it was completed in September. The team was coached by Gerardo Tata Martino. Outside of MLS, Atlanta United participated in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup and the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, as well as various preseason competitions.
Atlanta qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in their first season, becoming the third-ever MLS expansion club to qualify for the playoffs in their inaugural season, and the first since the Seattle Sounders did so in 2009. The team was eliminated from the playoffs in the opening round by the Columbus Crew, losing on penalty kicks.2017 marked the first year since 1981 that a first division American soccer team played in Atlanta following the Atlanta Chiefs' dissolving. It was also the first time that soccer had been played at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 2001, when the Atlanta Beat called the stadium home during the 2001 WUSA season.