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The Daily Dirt, November 4: Living for the City

Atlanta United continues to invest in the club and its supporters

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta United took some heat when they made the announcement about playing the first part of their inaugural schedule at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Yesterday, they started the process of giving something back to their fans to make it up to them.

No, Bobby Dodd Stadium is not and cannot be what the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be. However, it does give the team a chance to play home games earlier and continue the strong momentum the club has built since it launched in April 2014.

The reaction has been generally positive to the benefits the club is giving its season ticket holders as a “make-good” on the deal. Some estimates have the club spending upwards of $2 million to play at Bobby Dodd Stadium in addition to these benefits being offered. It’s a significant expenditure for the club.

If the team on the field can match the investment off the field, look out MLS...


Domestic

Javier Morales leaving Real Salt Lake (RSL Soapbox)

Bradley Wright-Phillips has become a superstar without Thierry Henry (NY Post)

Montreal’s keys to victory over the Red Bulls on Sunday (Mount Royal Soccer)

How did Brian Schmetzer win over GM Garth Lagerwey to get the Sounders’ coaching job on a permanent basis? (Sounder at Heart)

FC Cincinnati’s MLS ambitions discussed in an interview with GM Jeff Berding (Telegraph)

Geoff Cameron could miss the upcoming USMNT World Cup qualifiers (Stars and Stripes FC)

International

Mexico names their roster for the U.S. and Panama World Cup qualifiers (FMF State of Mind)

FIFA wants changes to the transfer market (BBC)

Reports say a European club interested in launching a Canadian Premier League team when the league launches (Waking the Red)

Local

Kennesaw State’s women travel to face Florida Gulf Coast tonight in the Atlantic Sun semifinals.

Dalton State’s women host Bethel in the Southern States Athletic Conference quarterfinals tonight at 6:00 p.m.