Last week a huge announcement came in Atlanta from Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed and MLS league commissioner Don Garber. The announcement confirmed what had been rumored for some time now, that the city of Atlanta would be the next location for an MLS expansion team.
Atlanta will be the 22nd team in the MLS when their expansion season starts in the 2017 MLS season. There has been a growing movement in the city of Atlanta to push for a professional soccer team and now the waiting is over — well, aside from waiting three more years for the first game, but that’s beside the point.
It makes total sense for Atlanta to have its own MLS team. For starters, the city of Atlanta was the biggest market in the United States to not have an MLS team. Also, soccer is very popular in the metro area of Atlanta and should be able to draw a good fan base.
Another thing that limited an expansion team in Atlanta for so long was the lack of a suitable venue for an MLS team to play in. Well thanks to Arthur Blank that will no longer be an issue.