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Report: MLS will soon announce Atlanta expansion plans
April 7th, 2014 4:25PM

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[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 Garber and 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."

Soccer Business Insider: MLS's Atlanta push is basically a slam dunk

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.


3 comments
  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.
    As we have learned big event Mexican crowds do not translate to regular season MLS crowds. You have to build your own fan base, and Atlanta has a very poor track record of doing that in a Football 1st state. The Falcons don't even sellout, none of their teams do, or ever have. Downtown Atlanta, where the stadium will be, is not a soccer market. The few fans they have are in the suburbs. If the Silverbacks cant sellout their tiny NASL stadium this season, where do we think MLS fans will come from in 2017?

  1. jcr 3
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.
    I am not thrilled that we are adding another turf field. Hopefully, they will at least not have the football lines

  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.
    This is a disturbing trend. We need to get rid of turf fields, not add more. Toronto will soon have the CFL Argos playing on their grass field. Or will they go back to turf? If the NFL Cardinals can have a grass field with soccer games, then I think Atlanta should do it


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