Before Atlanta United stormed to a commanding 3-0 lead after Leg 1 of their Eastern Conference Championship against the New York Red Bulls, their supporters set the tone in a major way.
Prior to kickoff, the more than 70,000 fans who packed into Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday unveiled a stadium-wide tifo display that left the soccer world talking.
Atlanta supporters are no strangers to impressive and imposing pregame displays, including a recent tribute for soon-to-be former coach Tata Martino during the second leg of a Conference Semifinal victory over New York City FC earlier this month.
Sunday's panoramic effort is on a different level, and may be hard to top. Even players like Atlanta holding midfielder Eric Remedi and defender Michael Parkhurst took their minds off the task at hand for a moment to acknowledge the effort.
Five Stripes fans may have their chance on Dec. 8. That's when their club will host MLS Cup, if their team is able to see out the second leg of their semifinal series on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena (7:30 pm ET | FS1; TSN2, TVAS2).