- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta United FC has dropped plans to build a $35 million training facility east of the city.

The expansion MLS team announced Friday it will pursue an agreement with suburban Cobb County for a backup site northwest of Atlanta.

United owner Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, says it wasn’t financially feasible to build in DeKalb County because studies showed site preparation and remediation would have cost more than $20 million. He says there wasn’t enough time to start again from scratch, so he’s pursuing the Cobb site.

United is scheduled to begin play in 2017 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta. But Cobb gets a piece of another Atlanta team, having already lured the Braves to new SunTrust Park for the 2017 season.

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