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Atlanta Officially joins MLS!

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It’s official! MLS is coming to Atlanta. It’s been a long and, at times, rocky road. It was just a few years ago that it seemed like everything was coming together just to see talks cool off and Mr. Blank step away from the table. Now five years later, and probably $30 million more expensive, Major League Soccer is on it’s way to Atlanta.

For so long MLS seemed like the goal, the destination. It’s finally starting to settle in that this journey hasn’t come to the end of the line, or should we say Terminus, but it’s just beginning.

The announcement was the perfect launch to not only celebrate this time with the fans but also send a message to the rest of the league. Leading up to the announcement several individuals (most having never been to Atlanta) expressed their skepticism over Atlanta being a good fit. They brought out their tired cliches and used sound logic like “If hockey can’t make it why do you think soccer can!”. This was an opportunity to give the skeptics some insight into how this club will be run, it’s aspirations, and most importantly it’s owner.

While we can counter the skeptics with our own facts at the end of the day the ultimate measure of success will be whether the fans come out to support the club. If the attendance is only 14,000 in a 29,000 seat down-sized stadium then the atmosphere will suffer.

So if you want the club to be successful start spreading the word and you can even put your deposit in to join the founders club for the new MLS Atlanta team. Joining the founders club will give you priority seating and other benefits to be announced at a later date. For more information visit their site at http://mlsatlanta2017.com/founders-club/ .

What did you think about the announcements? How do you feel about the focus on the fans and their involvement going forward?

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You’re invited to be a part of an amazing day in Atlanta sports history. On Wednesday, April 16th there will be a soccer festival from 3 – 6 PM at the corner of Baker Street & Marietta Street just around the corner from the World of Coca-Cola.

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Coincidentally, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will be in Atlanta about that same time. The Trophy Tour and festival has travelled the globe and is making it’s last few stops here in the United States prior to going to Brazil. Hopefully we can bring the trophy back to the States in a few months. But that’s just the begininng of the fun.

From 5-6 PM the main event, a Major announcement, will take place at Ventanas and broadcast to the soccer festival.

The after party then moves to Stats from 6 – 9 PM. It’s going to be a great day.

And what do you think of the announcements color scheme? Some believe it may be a clue to the new teams colors. I mean, was there ever a chance it wasn’t going to include Black &/or Red? I think it’s very likely we keep in the colors in the Falcon family, especially since the new stadium will feature those same colors. A few months ago when I updated the site I felt Black and Red seemed appropriate.

Do you think anything else could be announced? Maybe a team name. Could we add a Phoenix to mix of bird themed sports teams in Atlanta?

Let the countdown begin!

There have been reports, rumors, and increasingly open dialog in recent months about Arthur Blank and MLS coming to terms on an expansion franchise. Now we hear straight from Arthur Blank that while the contract isn’t signed, both parties are finalizing the details, and a formal announcement will likely take place on April 16th.

Both Doug Robertson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jonathan Tannenwald at Philly.com reported on Sunday about the pending announcement which Mr. Blank acknowledges in the interview as being very close to accurate. You can read both articles here and here.

Take a listen from this clip starting at the 7 minute mark where Mr. Blank was on 680 The Fan with The Front Row crew of Steak Shapiro, Sandra Golden, and Brian Finneran.

 

This signature has been 8 years in the making and we’ll have to wait 3 more years before the first kick. But now that we move to the next stage in the expansion process what are you most excited about?

UPDATE: U.S. WNT takes on Russia in Atlanta

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UPDATE: Due to inclement weather the open practice session on Tuesday, Feb. 11th has been cancelled.

The game has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 13th at 7:30 p.m.

 

The U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Russia in Atlanta on February 12th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sales through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Atlanta area (including many Publix stores), as well as the Georgia Dome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The USWNT won their first game of the year against Canada 1-0 in front of 20,862 fans at Toyota Park in Frisco, TX. According to Washington Post writer Steven Goff ticket sales  for the game in Atlanta have reached 13,000 a week before gameday.  This will be many fans first chance to see their favorite players like Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd since the Atlanta Beat and Women’s Professional Soccer league ceased operations after the 2011 season.

Fans have been invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Admission is free and open to the public. Fans will enter through Gate D beginning at 3:30 p.m.

If you aren’t able to make the game it will be Webcast Live on ussoccer.com.

Are you going to the game? Who are you excited to see play?