It's sometimes said that soccer in the United States can be a sports for hipsters. While that point may be debatable, a tifo revealed around MLS on Saturday showed off a deep cut for a national audience.
Atlanta United FC fans showed off a tifo that in the middle said "We R United!" And there's some trash talk regarding the foodstuff of Canadian bacon. The rest of it? See for yourself.
Izzy, Izzy, Izzy can't you see— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) August 4, 2018
Y'all will never pawn off your faux bacon to me pic.twitter.com/Y8plpo9p47
Both figures in the tifo are figures drawn by notable Atlanta artist R. Land, whose work can be seen in galleries, street corners and internet memes all over the place.
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The figure on the right is R. Land's take on Izzy, the mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympics, which was of course hosted in Atlanta.
OHMYGOD THIS IS AMAZING— Dirty South Soccer (@DirtySouthSoc) August 4, 2018
An R. Land inspired tifo I believe. Complete with Izzy from the 96 Olympics.
Truly incredible. pic.twitter.com/aebBABXhJE
R. Land worked on this with us. Today is the 22nd anniversary of the ‘96 Atlanta Olympics Closing Ceremonies :)...and Canadian Bacon is Ham ;)— Terri 💫 (@terrinh73) August 4, 2018
You can find more of R. Land's work on his website. And you should be able to find more tifo, and maybe even learn something about a local MLS community, at the next match.