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FOX Sports networks announce contract extension with Atlanta United

FOX Sports regional networks announced a contract extension with Atlanta United on Friday.

FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast will remain as the television rights holder for the Five Stripes through 2022 in the new deal. The networks have televised United's regional matches since the team’s first season in 2017. FOX Sports is bringing back its broadcast team for a third straight season next year. The team is made up of play by play announcer Kevin Egan, analyst Dan Gargan and host Jillian Sakovits.

The Five Stripes nearly returned to the MLS Cup this past season but were edged by eventual runner-up Toronto FC at home in the Eastern Conference finals. The club has since had a busy offseason with multiple player transactions, including resigning Jeff Larentowicz and acquiring Brooks Lennon, as well as unveiling a new partnership with Scottish club Aberdeen FC.

United, which is owned by Home Depot (NYSE: HD) co-founder Arthur Blank, is the most valuable club in MLS with a value of $500 million, according to Forbes. The Five Stripes begin next year against FC Montagua in the Concacaf Champions League. The first leg of the home-and-home series will be played be in Honduras between Feb.18-20 while the second leg will be played at Kennesaw State between Feb. 25-27.

United opens the 2020 MLS season against expansion team Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 29 and then faces FC Cincinnati in its home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on March 7

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