The Near Post

by Roderick MacNeil

Rendering of the soccer configuration for the new Atlanta stadium.

That gaping hole in Major League Soccer’s franchise map is being rapidly filled. (Note: Pun about the stadium rendering above not intended.)

For more than a decade, the league hasn’t had a club south of Washington, DC and east of Texas. That changes in 2015 when Orlando City SC joins, marking MLS’s return to Florida for the first time since the contraction of the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion in 2002. David Beckham’s investment group is working to secure a stadium in Miami for a team that will join at a date yet to be determined, creating a brand new rivalry in the Sunshine State.

But now for the first time in the league’s near-twenty-year history, it looks as if there will also be a club located in the “Capital of the South.”

A report Saturday…

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