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Atlanta expansion plans going ahead nicely says MLS chief Garber

Don Garber has revealed that plans for a MLS expansion franchise in Atlanta are well underway.

The MLS Commissioner said at his 'State of the League' presentation via a Google+ Hangout from New York City that the league is working with The Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, who is the owner of NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons, to get something off the ground.

"In Atlanta, we are making progress in our discussion with Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons," Garber said.

"We need to be in the Southeast and I think if we can continue to advance our discussions positively with Arthur and the Falcons we hope to be able to get a situation finalized."

He added: "With Atlanta we have finalized a stadium situation there. We've been working on a downsizing technology we think will be unique and will be the only one of its kind anywhere in the world.

"We'll need to continue to work hard with Atlanta to see if this whole project makes sense for them. But I'm encouraged by the discussions and hope to be able to finalize something."

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