MLS club assists displaced USF soccer team
Count the Atlanta United FC soccer club among those opening their doors to displaced Floridians.
On Saturday, the Major League Soccer franchise took in the USF men's soccer team, whose return home following Friday night's 2-0 loss at Creighton in Omaha, Neb., was thwarted by the frightening trajectory of Hurricane Irma.
USF spokesperson Erin Bean said the Atlanta club gave the Bulls use of its practice facility, helped them find lodging at a nearby hotel, and is assisting with meals. The Bulls also are expected to attend Atlanta United FC's home match Sunday against FC Dallas at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
(Atlanta) has literally taken us under their wing," Bean said.
Irma's projected track was considerably farther east when the Bulls departed Thursday for Nebraska, but when it took a sudden westward shift, the team was left with two safe choices: remain in Omaha, or take a Saturday morning red-eye commercial flight to Atlanta, and settle there for the time being.
Additionally, Bean reported a handful of USF men's basketball players with no family in the area traveled by bus (with some team staffers) to Atlanta and arrived safely.
USF remains closed through Tuesday.