In addition to the record futility established by the Revolution, there were plenty of other marks set or tied in Wednesday’s 7-0 drubbing. I’ve tried to compile as many as I can, and here’s what I have been able to unearth (there may well be others!):
- 7 is the most goals scored in a game by an expansion team, breaking Atlanta United’s own record of 6 in the Minnesota game in March, and was 1 goal shy of the record for any team (the LA Galaxy scored 8 back in 1998).
- The 7-goal margin of victory equals the existing record (there are 3 other games with that margin), and could easily have been more.
- Atlanta has now scored 54 goals for the season. That is the most for any expansion team in the post-penalty shootout era (i.e., since 2000), beating New York City FC’s 49 in 2015. The 1998 Chicago Fire hold the all-time record of 62.
- Josef’s hat trick was Atlanta’s 3rd of the season, and is the most by an expansion team ever. Josef himself has 4 multi-goal games, and that may well be a record for a player on an expansion team, too.
- Not only that, but 3 hat tricks equals the lifetime totals achieved by Chivas USA, the Montreal Impact and the Philadelphia Union. It beats the lifetime totals for Minnesota United (0; no real shock there), New York City (2), Orlando City (2), the Vancouver Whitecaps (2), and perhaps most surprising, the Portland Timbers (0).
- The 42,511 enjoying the game took season attendance to 504,689. Atlanta is the first expansion team to break 500,000, and only the second team to do so (Seattle being the other, of course).
I’m also pretty sure that 2 red cards issued as a result of video review is a worldwide first, but have not been able to confirm it.
Atlanta United continues to rewrite the record books. One more record will fall Saturday afternoon. You know what I’m talking about. Be a part of history.
The 5-Stripes + 70k fans— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 14, 2017
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