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Away support controversy continues as Atlanta renege on drums approval

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The Timbers Army received pre-approval for their drums, but were suddenly told they could only bring one into the stadium after having shipped them all the way across the country.

Nikita Taparia

UPDATE: The TA has tweeted that Atlanta is now allowing a second drum into their section.

Away support at MLS Cup continues to create controversy as the Timbers Army have claimed Atlanta United’s front office have now recanted their pre-approval for allowing the supporter’s section’s drums into Mercedes-Benz Stadium, instead choosing to only allow one small drum to accompany the 1300 fans.

The Timbers Army, famous for its robust traveling support, previously ignited debate about how away supporters should be accommodated for MLS Cup Finals (and indeed, about how away support is, and should be, valued league-wide) after selling out their meager ticket allotment of 1,300 seats in just four minutes. The lack of support from MLS is seen by many as disingenuous from a league that frequently utilizes imagery of Portland supporters in its marketing campaigns.

The volunteer-run organization was also required to acquire pre-approval for any banners, flags, or signs, as detailed in a blog post on their website.

UPDATE: 2017 MLS Community MVP winner Keith Palau tweeted a picture of the one drum allowed in, and specifically stated the two “BIG” drums has bee pre-approved.

Stumptown Footy will continue to update this developing story as more information becomes available.