[MLS EXPANSION]Citing a source with the knowledge of the situation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that MLS will announce on April 16 Atlanta as its next expansion franchise to begin play in 2017 when a new $1 billion downtown football stadium opens.
MLS has been courting Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank for several years. MSL Commissioner Don Garberand Blank met at the Mexico-Nigeria friendly last month at the Georgia Dome -- the Falcons' current home -- that drew an Atlanta record soccer crowd of 68,220.
At the game, Blank described his talks with MLS as "substantial."
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Atlanta, a top 10 market, would be the third city in the Southeast MLS has announced its intentions of moving into in less than a year. Orlando City will debut in 2015, and MLS will move into Miami -- if a stadium deal is concluded.