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Columbus Crew forward Justin Meram, bottom, stretches for the ball against Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow (2) during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Toronto FC won 2-0. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Sam Greene)
MLS moving toward deal on Atlanta expansion team
First Published Apr 08 2014 10:13 am • Last Updated Apr 09 2014 04:58 pm

Atlanta • Major League Soccer is closing in on a deal with Falcons owner Arthur Blank to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta’s new downtown stadium.

A top official from Blank’s parent company, Kim Schreckengost, said Tuesday negotiations continue and "we hope to complete an agreement soon." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported a new team will be announced April 16.

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The MLS has long coveted the Atlanta market, the largest in the U.S. without a franchise, as it moves toward its goal of 24 teams.

The 19-team league already has announced new franchises in New York and Orlando that are scheduled to begin play next season. There also is a provisional franchise in Miami owned by a group led by David Beckham.




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