Atlanta a peachy pick for MLS expansion

Atlanta's new MLS team will undoubtedly do better than the NHL's now-departed Thrashers — note...

Atlanta's new MLS team will undoubtedly do better than the NHL's now-departed Thrashers — note the empty seats in background. (AFP)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

Major League Soccer just expanded in the worst way possible, my colleagues tell me.

Atlanta: A terrible sports town in a terrible state, they say.

They’ve been to Philips Arena — home of the NBA’s Hawks and the relocated Thrashers — and their reviews are rarely good.

They’re familiar with the Atlanta Spirit, the long-embattled ownership group that has a sizable number of detractors, most of whom are critical of ASG’s penny-pinching and perceived lack of commitment to building a winning product.

Good news, MLS fans, ASG wasn’t at Wednesday’s expansion announcement, where MLS officially expanded to 22 teams.

And, therefore, won’t have the opportunity to ruin another franchise.

Seated next to MLS commissioner Don Garber on Wednesday was a man with deep pockets and ambition — an NFL owner who is expected to pour unlimited resources into a league that has grown exponentially over the past decade.

Worth $1.8 billion, according to Forbes, Atlanta F


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