Great atmosphere yesterday and, as to be expected, I see a lot of great press coverage both locally and nationally.
One negative is that virtually every outlet I have seen has commented on the moronic "p@t!" chant that, traditionally, has been used in the Mexican league and during Mexican national games whenever the opposing goalie does a goal kick.
This needs to stop, immediately, for several reasons. First, it's offensive and not "offensive" in simply making fun of an opposing team or needling an opponent. We can argue for hours about what that word "actually means," but there has been sufficient discussion on the topic that we all know it's offensive and akin to stating a homophobic slur. Second, and in full disclosure, it was so loud I could not really identify where the chant was coming from but, from what I could hear, it sounded like it was coming from the supporter's section. This is surprising since, beyond the team's code of conduct, I think every single supporter's group has their own code of conduct that prohibits this behavior. Third, the chant is wholly unoriginal and has nothing to do with Atlanta whatsoever. There is no "tradition" to argue in an attempt to excuse the use of that word (not that tradition would be a legitimate excuse anyway).
One game is enough to realize that this is a problem that needs to be addressed and will only continue to take away from what was one of the most amazing spectator scenes I have ever been a part of. I don't necessarily support singling out fans so they are kicked out of the game, but any member of a supporter's group who engaged in this foolishness should be removed from the privilege of that association. The supporter's group have to take the lead here. When the casual fan realizes that this activity is not something that is sanctioned, it will hopefully start a chain reaction in removing this stupidity from future matches.
To end on a more positive note - 99% of the fans were absolutely amazing last night and I could not have been more proud of where this team and where this team is going. Kudos to all around and I can't wait for the next game