by: Wilton Jackson Updated:
ATLANTA - Despite competing with the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Hawks for popularity among major sports, Atlanta United has gained a lot of popularity in such a short duration of time.
Recently, the major league soccer team gained two more fans for life. For an international couple -- Daniel Pop and Loredana -- their excitement about the team is a little deeper than the average fan.
Pop, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia, moved to Atlanta, to be with his now-wife, Loredana. When he moved, however, Pop always felt like something was missing in his life.
“When we got married, he always said he didn’t feel at home in Atlanta because there was no soccer team,” Loredana said. "But since Atlanta United came on the stage, he’s just been blown away.”
Filled with joy and sense of comfort with a soccer team, Loredana took Pop’s excitement to a new level.
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When the two found out that they were expecting children, Loredana said she wanted to do something special for Pop.
Loredana wanted Atlanta United, the team that made Atlanta feel like home for Pop, to be involved in their gender reveal.
Loredana never watched much soccer before.
“She doesn’t watch soccer unless Atlanta is playing,” Pop said. “So that’s pretty cool, now she’s cheering and screaming at the television.”
Loredana succeeded. She managed to get Pop’s favorite AU players, Miguel Almirón and Josef Martinez, to help reveal the gender of their twin babies.
While holding hands with his wife, Pop watched Almirón drop a soccer ball on their feet. As Pop kicked the ball, two pink clouds emerged, as the two are expecting twin baby girls: Emmanuela (Emma) and Daniella (Ella).
Pop said he was not expecting this at all.
“I had absolutely no idea,” Pop said. "At one point, I thought it was boys, then I thought it was girls. She (Loredana) did a good job confusing me. The crazy thing is we wanted twins. We prayed about having twins and our prayers were answered.”
The two also received two pint-sized jerseys for Emma and Ella with the supporters’ number 17 and “POP” printed on the back.
With two new additions and a lifetime if memories to come, Pop said he can’t wait to bring the girls to games and when they first wear their jerseys.
“We’re going to have to take a picture of the kids in these jerseys,” Daniel said. “We’ll definitely be getting them season tickets as well, as soon as they’re old enough to go to the games.”
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