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MLS, Blank set Wednesday announcement for Atlanta

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is slated to be part of Wednesday's MLS announcement, during which it is expected that Atlanta will be granted an expansion franchise.

ATLANTA (AP) - Major League Soccer and Falcons owner Arthur Blank are planning a ''major announcement'' Wednesday on a proposed expansion team to play in Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

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Blank has long coveted a top-level soccer team for the city, and negotiations with the MLS intensified after he reached a deal on building a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium next to the Georgia Dome. Site preparation has already started, and the facility is expected to open in 2017.

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Both the MLS and a top official from Blank's organization acknowledged last week that the two sides were close to a deal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the new team would be announced Wednesday.

Blank, MLS commissioner Don Garber and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are scheduled to attend the news conference.

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