MLS moving toward deal on Atlanta expansion team
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Houston Dynamo midfielder Giles Barnes, left, and midfielder Boniek Garcia, right, battle for the ball with FC Dallas midfielder Hendry Thomas (20) during the first period of an MLS soccer game on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/The Courier, Jason Fochtman)
Houston Dynamo midfielder Giles Barnes, left, and midfielder Boniek Garcia, right, battle for the ball with FC Dallas midfielder Hendry Thomas (20) during the first period of an MLS soccer game on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/The Courier, Jason Fochtman)
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ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

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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