Report: New MLS Club to be named Atlanta United FC

| June 26, 2015
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ATLANTA — Atlanta’s MLS team will be named Atlanta United FC, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.

An email to a spokeswoman for MLS Atlanta has yet to answer and a call to president Darren Eales went unanswered.

The team is supposed to unveil its name and icon on July 7 at a private party for the members of its Founder’s Club, a group that has pledged to purchase more than 17,500 season tickets.

The franchise will begin play in 2017 in the $1.4 billion stadium downtown.

Owner Arthur Blank led the efforts to secure the team, which was introduced in April 2014. Eales, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur in England, was hired to run the club, followed soon by technical director Carlos Bocanegra and vice president of business operations Ann Rodriguez.

Atlanta United FC would become the second United in MLS, joining D.C. United.

The franchise sent out a survey to members of the Founder’s Club in January in which several different elements of a name were included. United and Football Club (FC) were two of 19 listed in the survey, along with Premier, Phoenix, Centennial, Empire, Terminus, etc.

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