ATLANTA -- Major League Soccer and Falcons owner Arthur Blank are planning a "major announcement" Wednesday, on the future of MLS in Atlanta.
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 is underway, and the new dome is expected to open in 2017.
Both the MLS and a top official from Blank's organization acknowledged last week that the two sides were close to a deal.
Blank, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are scheduled to be at the news conference.