Freedom Kicks for 17 April 2014: Atlanta expansion spectacular

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Was there any big news out of Georgia yesterday?

The big news yesterday, of course, came out of Atlanta, where MLS announced that the league's 22nd team would start play in 2017. Who's excited for more expansion drafts?!

Major League Soccer names Atlanta as 22nd franchise, set for 2017 debut | MLSsoccer.com: The league's take on their own announcement.

New Stadium to Seat 29,000 for MLS | MLSAtlanta2017.com | MLS Atlanta: The new Falcons/Atlanta soccer stadium will be specifically designed with soccer in mind, allowing it to easily reduce capacity for MLS games.

DC United's Cristian Fernandez critical of MLS referee standards: "They're all very unpredictable" | MLSsoccer.com: Fernandez is, shockingly, not a big fan of MLS referees.

Which Leagues Have The Highest Average Player Salaries? Charts are always fun, so have a look at a chart comparing the salaries of various soccer leagues and the major American sports leagues.

Second-half rally propels Red Bulls past Union for first win of 2014 | Soccer By Ives: A fun game to watch, even if it didn't end with both teams disbanding and giving up soccer forever.

Can the New York Cosmos and the North American Soccer League Coexist? : The New Yorker: The New Yorker is not where I go to get most of my sporting news, but this article is quite interesting.

Soccer, Particularly England’s Premier League, Growing in Popularity in New York Creative Circles - NYTimes.com: And another article about soccer from an unexpected source.

As always, this is your open thread for the day. What's up?

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