MLS Expansion: Ottawa Entering The Game?

MLS Expansion: Ottawa Entering The Game?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 19, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Montreal Expansion, Ottawa Expansion, Vancouver Expansion

This really is no joke folks. A possible expansion club in the Canadian capital in the cards for Major League Soccer? According to this article (in French), MLS officials have recently been in expansion talks with owners of NHL’s Ottawa Senators about a possible club.

Not a whole lot of meat from the article to translate for you all here. Weird reading french articles and actually understanding them (I guess three years of high school French paid off huh?). Anyways, basically it says the two sides were meeting to discuss the possibilities for a club in the near future, more likely after the 2010 season due to the terriroty rights that Toronto FC has on Canada right now.

It also talked about the leading men of MLS meeting with owners in other Canadian cities like Vancouver and Montreal.

Meeting with the forth largest city in Canada only tells me one thing about Don Garber and the rest of the MLS front office. They want another team in Canada. While I honestly don’t buy Ottawa being that next expansion site for the league, I am totally coming to the conclusion that they want another club in Canada, and probably one close to Toronto. Does that mean Vancouver is out of the mix? No, but this really tells me that they want to put pressure on Montreal and Vancouver to get their stuff in order so they can pick between the two within the next year.

Some may feel different about it, but that’s exactly how I see things playing out. The league uses this as pressure on those other two cities, if they both fail then they could end up in Ottawa. Who knows. But this really tells me they want at least two Canadian teams in the league. You know what, I’m cool with that.

  • Sean

    Isn't Ottawa right near Toronto? <br />
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    Yea… that makes no sense. Montreal and Vancouver are more deserving in Canada ALONE, not to mention several place here, like Portland, NYC, and St. Louis.

  • Sean

    Isn’t Ottawa right near Toronto?

    Yea… that makes no sense. Montreal and Vancouver are more deserving in Canada ALONE, not to mention several place here, like Portland, NYC, and St. Louis.

  • zoran

    Not quite. Ottawa is about a 4 hour drive from toronto and 1.5 hour drive from Montreal. I am from Toronto and the only reason they are talkingto Ottawa is because the owner has big bucks.

  • zoran

    Not quite. Ottawa is about a 4 hour drive from toronto and 1.5 hour drive from Montreal. I am from Toronto and the only reason they are talkingto Ottawa is because the owner has big bucks.

  • Sean

    Still, is it a big enough city to support a franchise? What would the fan base be like? And is the local sports market big enough to handle a soccer team, the Sens, and a CFL team?<br />
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    I'm a little skeptical. I'd rather see a team in Montreal.

  • Sean

    Still, is it a big enough city to support a franchise? What would the fan base be like? And is the local sports market big enough to handle a soccer team, the Sens, and a CFL team?

    I’m a little skeptical. I’d rather see a team in Montreal.

  • ros

    This article also mentions Edmonton. I would love to see 5 MLS franchises in Canada. Realistically Montreal and Vancouver are the top non MLS cities in North America right now. Although I have been to 3 matches in Edmonton in the last 24 months all with crowds over 35 000. What other city in North America can say that?

  • ros

    This article also mentions Edmonton. I would love to see 5 MLS franchises in Canada. Realistically Montreal and Vancouver are the top non MLS cities in North America right now. Although I have been to 3 matches in Edmonton in the last 24 months all with crowds over 35 000. What other city in North America can say that?

  • Goon

    Looks like the management is making progress, have a deal in place with the city for a 20K Stadium and the owner has 50M ready to splash for the franchise fee.

  • Goon

    Looks like the management is making progress, have a deal in place with the city for a 20K Stadium and the owner has 50M ready to splash for the franchise fee.