Soccer

Atlanta United’s black fan club

Watch how these passionate soccer fans mix black culture into the team they love

In a city once considered a soccer wasteland and notorious for broken sports dreams, this is the story of Atlanta United FC living out a sporting fairy tale only 20 months into the team’s existence and landing the city’s first championship since 1995.

The culture, rituals and energy filling the stadium on game day are overwhelming. A powerful driver of the club’s fan culture is members of the African American community who have fused their pride in the city with the delirious hip-hop culture that surrounds them and their passion for the team.

We will follow one fan on game day: Reggie McKie, a telecommunications worker by day who transforms into the lead capo (or song leader) for Footie Mob, one of the club’s official supporter groups.

From his platform behind the goal, front and center in the supporters section, he leads the faithful through dozens of chants — most of which layer new, soccer-specific rhymes on top of classic local hip-hop beats, whether from Outkast, YoungBloodZ or Childish Gambino.