Atlanta Awarded Major League Soccer Franchise; Games To Begin In 2017

Apr 16, 2014

Arthur Blank (center) receives a high five from fans after announcing that a new MLS team will be coming to Atlanta. Accompanying Blank are MLS Commissioner Dan Garber (left) and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (walking behind Garber and Blank).
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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced today that he will be the owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise team being awarded to Atlanta.  The new team, yet to be given a name and a logo, will play in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium beginning in 2017.

Blank made the announcement Wednesday afternoon flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Georgia World Congress Center Authority executive director Frank Poe.  MLS streamed the announcement live (video below):

WABE's Rose Scott was at the announcement ceremony and sent the following tweets:

At the same time, tweets were flying from Major League Soccer and the City of Atlanta:

Note: Rose Scott will be filing a complete news story about the announcement soon.

Still to be determined are the new team's name and logo.
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