Report: Atlanta Having ‘Serious’ Discussions With MLS

Report: Atlanta Having ‘Serious’ Discussions With MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 12, 2013
  • Atlanta Expansion, Features, MLS Expansion


Need further confirmation that Atlanta is one of the teams that I mentioned earlier in the day that were heavily courting Major League Soccer for an expansion team?

Well, according to a story in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is in advanced talks with Major League Soccer about expanding to Atlanta.

Blank has long expressed an interest in a team. The recent approval of the new Falcons’ stadium accelerated the talks between Blank and the league. The construction of the stadium is scheduled to be finished in 2017 and the two parties have discussed opening the stadium with an MLS game.

Atlanta has always been in the mix in some form or fashion. More than likely they’ll be up for the 2017 bid.

No official word as to whether or not Atlanta is apart of the ‘already accounted for three’, or if they are the fourth city on the list. MLS has made it known that they want a team (or two) in the Southeast. Atlanta is one of the major markets that the league lacks currently and could be a big player for them in terms of future TV deals as well.