Major League Soccer Moves a Step Closer to Expanding to Atlanta: Nightly Soccer Report

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is in significant discussions with Major League Soccer about bringing an expansion franchise to the city, according to a report tonight in the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper.

A new stadium is scheduled to be completed in 2017, and there are reports that the new Atlanta Falcon stadium could host a MLS team.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said yesterday that three of the four new MLS franchises are spoken for. The leading contenders for the four open spots are Orlando, Miami and now Atlanta.

MLS may finally be returning to the southeastern United States a very long twelve-year absence.

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9 thoughts on “Major League Soccer Moves a Step Closer to Expanding to Atlanta: Nightly Soccer Report”

    1. That’s a good point. Going to soccer games in Atlanta in July/August sounds really terrible. I even avoid the visiting on business if I can during those months.

      Of course, somehow they manage in Houston, so I guess Atlanta will be fine too.

      My wish is that we’d have some kind of regional leagues in the US that would play on a calendar that makes sense for the local weather and then let the winners of those leagues have a sorta USA Champion’s League. Not going to happen though.

  1. Good news for our very own Atlanta Pomey. Really we have an extra city in the mix. Chivas has to be moved now! So it appears to me a Fla town will get a team over the winter.

  2. Orlando deserves an Mls team, the management and players doing a great job to promote their club, 20k plus fans last week at the game.

    1. That’s backward thinking. Yes, college football is popular in the south, but the southeastern United States also gets some of the highest TV ratings for soccer in the country.

      There’s a pent-up demand for MLS in the southeastern United States. And Atlanta has as good a chance of succeeding as other markets nationwide.

      1. Absolutely right. I live in Birmingham, and people here would kill for a team. The sport has really taken off here. There are viewing parties, pick-up games and supporters groups popping up all over town. While we certainly like college football, we are not all a bunch of obsessed CFB rednecks calling in to the Paul Finebaum show. Believe it or not, we like other sports too, it’s just CFB is what we have so it’s what we’re passionate about. Beyond that though, several cities in the southeast (that are not in FL) have the population masses and the financial clout to be capable of supporting an MLS team. The trick is having an Arthur Blank to believe in, and support the vision.

  3. I’m still waiting for Phoenix and San Diego to get MLS franchises.

    …. and go to single table already so the MLS would be at least level with the English League Two.

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