MLS confirm new Atlanta franchise - fans will choose name

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MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed that Atlanta will be the location of a new MLS franchise, speaking at an organized press conference in the city today.

The Atlanta club will becomes the league's 22nd franchise in 2017 and the commissioner spoke of his delight to offer soccer to one of the nation's fastest growing cities.

The franchise will be in the hands of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the new team will share a venue with the NFL - a $1 billion stadium that the commissioner promised would be one of the greatest stadiums in the nation, and the world.

Other points of note in Garber's speech included the fact that tickets for the team will become available in the near future despite the team not playing its first competitive game for another three years.

Blank, who has owned the Falcons since 2002, was then invited onto the stage to be handed an Atlanta scarf as the league officially invited him into the community.

He spoke of his excitement at the opportunity to expand the league into Georgia and hoped that the city would buy into the vision - insisting that the team would be closely connected to the local community.

He also promised that the new team would spend right up to salary cap when they did come into existence - cue a string of rumors linking veteran European players being linked to moved to Atlanta in the future.

At present the team name has not yet been confirmed, but Blank confirmed at the press conference that it will be up to the fans to put forward suggestions.

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