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Volume 24 No. 160
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Blank Says Talks Toward Atlanta MLS Franchise Are "Substantial"

Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said "talks are substantial" in his efforts to bring an MLS expansion team to Atlanta. The comments came in the wake of an Atlanta soccer record crowd of 68,000 attending last night's Mexico-Nigeria friendly at the Georgia Dome. Blank: "It is a great tribute to Atlanta and the appetite that Atlanta has for soccer at the highest level." MLS Exec VP/Communications Dan Courtemanche said, "It does confirm that the market exists. ... After tonight, there’s no doubt that top flight soccer can be successful in Atlanta" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/6).