Have you heard the story behind @ATLUTD’s Man of the Match Guitar? It’s quite interesting. #UniteAndConquer pic.twitter.com/9YxRuFbGJv
— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) June 30, 2017
John Hiatt once expressed his disdain at performers smashing “perfectly good guitars” at the end of a rock concert. Chances are, Atlanta United players are right there with him.
That’s because the Five Stripes have what has to be one of Major League Soccer’s – check that, one of the world’s most unique “Man of the Match” traditions.
After each home game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta’s top player is awarded with a custom-made specialty guitar, complete with artwork that symbolizes team players and staff.
Miguel Almiron already has three, and Josef Martinez received his first after scoring the match winner in Atlanta’s 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids last Saturday. Perhaps they’ll start a band in the offseason?