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Report: Atlanta in ‘significant discussions’ for MLS franchise

Arthur Blank

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, left, and Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay speak during a news conference Thursday, March 7, 2013, at which government and team officials announced that financing terms have been reached for the Falcons’ proposal to build a new $1 billion stadium, keeping the NFL football team’s home games in the city’s downtown. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

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According to a story in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank (pictured, left) is in advanced talks with Major League Soccer about expanding to Atlanta.

From the report:

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.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said on Wednesday that the league has already decided where three of the league’s next four expansion teams will be located. Perhaps Atlanta would complete the quartet, if the Journal-Constitution’s report is accurate.

(MORE: Has Major League Soccer already decided on three more expansion teams?)

General consensus is that the southeastern United States is set to receive at least one franchise, as it is the only area of the country currently without a team.

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