Outpouring of fans came out to support Atlanta United!

A whooping, record breaking 70,425  fans packed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday September 16, 2017 to watch Atlanta United battle it out against Orlando City Soccer Club.

The game ended in  a 3-3 draw vs Orlando City SC.

Falcons rise to 2-0!

Atlanta Falcons rise to 2-0 in their first official home game at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

 

The Falcons defeated  the Green Bay Packers  34-23 on Sunday night!

 

The Falcons will face off against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 24, 1:00 pm  at Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan

 

LA Sparks are headed back to the FINALS!

In a thrilling match the Sparks defeated  the Mercury’ 89-87.

Sparks, Candace Parker help the team win the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists.

 

The Sparks  will match-up against the Minnesota Lynx in the Finals for a second consecutive season!

 

This will be the second time in WNBA history that the same teams have met up back-to-back in Finals.

Previously, it was Houston and New York in 1999 and 2000, both won by the Comets.

 

 

 

Game 1, of the WNBA Final, will happen on Sunday, September 24, 3:30 pm EST. at the Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

 

 

Atlanta Dream players heading to the 2017 USA 🇺🇸 Basketball Women National Team Traing Camp!

Layshia Clarendon and Tiffany  Hayes will participate in the 2017 USA  Basketball Women National Team Training Camp!

Other WNBA athletes expected to attend the camp include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (New York Liberty); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky); Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx); Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks); Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury);  Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars); Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx); Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks); Kelsey Plum (San Antonio Stars); Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Kiah Stokes (New York Liberty); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun); Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks); and Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun).

In January,  Dream star guard/forward Angel McCoughtry, did not play in the  2017 WNBA season because she decided to take time off to rest. McCoughtry was invited but declined the invitation.

Final Games GOOD AND BAD : Atlanta Dream Season ends with the parting ways of coach Michael Cooper

After the Atlanta Dream’s final home game on Saturday August 26, 2017 at McCamish Pavilion ending with an epic 74-79 OT win against the Indiana Fever.

 

On Friday,  September 1, 2017 the Dream face -off against the Sparks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Dream was unable to hold off the Sparks and loss 81-56.  Tiffany Hayes finished with the game with 19 points.

In the final game of the season the Dream went toe to toe with the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, September 3, 4:00 pm at The Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Arizona.

 

In yet another and final L, the Dream succumb to defeat  by the Mercury 84-70.

Like the previous season the ultimate dream was to reach the playoffs this season. Unfortunately that dream was broken when the Dream was unable to clinch a playoff berth and finished the season 12-22. In an unexpected twist to the end of the season. The Dream parted ways with coach Michael Cooper after 4 years.

In an official team statement, Michael Cooper said, “I am very proud of the young and cohesive team we’ve built and I want to thank the Atlanta fans, the Dream organization, and, most of all, our players for their dedication and hard work,” Michael Cooper said. “We’ve grown as a team and I’m confident these talented and exciting players will continue to realize their potential both as a team and individually.”

Brittany Sykes was named to the AP All Rookie Team.

Sykes also earned WNBA Rookie of the month for the second consecutive time.

In a league statement,“The WNBA scored its highest attendance in six years and set records for social media and merchandise during the 2017 regular season.”

With the Dream having many ups and downs and the season ending with another loss. The Dream took the time out to thank the fans.

Out with the old GA Dome in with the new Mercedes Benz Stadium

Finally the Atlanta Falcons played their first game in their new  home, the Mercedes Benz Stadium

 

In the 1st quarter Rookie outside line backer Duke Riley made a fumble recovery.

 

 

Off to a slow start ,at  the end of the 1st quarter the scoreboard was scoreless.

 

 

Rookie  defensive end Takkarist  Mckinley recovered a fumble.

The Cardinals edged the Falcons 17-3 at halftime.  Falcons kicker Matt Bryant added 3 points to the Falcons  score with a field goal from 20 yard.

At the 3rd quarter, cornerback Jalen Collins forced a fumble on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Chad Williams. Falcons cornerback C.J. Goodwin  made a  recovery.

 

At the end of the 3rd quarter the Falcons trailed behind the Cardinals 6-17.

Falcons wide receiver Josh Magee goes for 57 yards for a touchdown!

At the end of the 4th quarter the Falcons flew south and was unable keep up with the Cardinals. The Cardinals defeated  the Falcons 14-24.

 

This is the Atlanta Falcons third Pre-season game loss. After the game coach Dan Quin spoke about the preseason game lose to the Cardinals.

 

The Atlanta Dream’s last home game of the season ends with a BIG W!

In an intense match-up the Atlanta Dream battled the Indiana Fever in their last home game of the season on Fan Appreciation night, Sat August 26, 2017 at the McCamish Pavilion.

The starting line up (G)Laysia Clarendon, (F) Tiffany Hayes, (C)Elizabeth Williams.

The Dream trailed the Fever 8 points in the beginning of the 1st quarter.

In the end of the 1st quarter the Fever led the Dream by 14 points.

At Halftime,  Tiffany Hayes garnished a game high of 13 points.  The Dream was down 35-43.

In the beginning of  3rd quarter and with another L lingering over the Dream’s head the Fever was in the lead 50-46.

In a win or lose tale of events Elizabeth Williams and Brittney Sykes assisted the Dream in tying  up the game 50-50.

At the end of the 3rd, the Fever managed to pull away from the Dream with a 1-point lead 55-56.

At the end of 4th quarter and with only 19 seconds left on the clock  Brittney Sykes made a 3 point shot that tied up the game 68-68 and sent the game into overtime.

In an amazing ending, the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 79-74.

  

Tiffany Hayes had a game-high of 24 points.

Brittney Sykes added 16 points and 6 rebounds.

 

 

The Dream will match up against the Los Angeles Spark on Friday  Sept 1, 2017 at the Staples Center in LA.