A Major League Soccer franchise is coming to Atlanta, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While a formal announcement isn’t expected until April 16, sources say the team would begin play in 2017, which is when the new Falcons stadium is set to open.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been pursuing a franchise for several years. An MLS official issued a statement today, but would not confirm the new franchise: “We are continuing discussions with Arthur Blank to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to Atlanta; however, we have not finalized an agreement at this time.”

For more, read the story at the AJC.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Report: Major League Soccer coming to Atlanta”

  1. Perfect timing for Arthur Blank and Don Garber! As soon as the Braves leave Intown Atlanta, they will be replaced by our new MLS team. I, among the rest of the young professional sports fans living in the city, will not miss the Braves and switch allegiances to a better, more exciting product. Soccer season tickets, here I come! All Aboard!

  2. Perfect timing for Arthur Blank and Don Garber! As soon as the Braves leave Intown Atlanta, they will be replaced by our new MLS team. I, among the rest of the young professional sports fans living in the city, will not miss the Braves and switch allegiances to a better, more exciting product. Soccer season tickets, here I come! All Aboard!

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