MLS Expansion: Seriously More Canada?

MLS Expansion: Seriously More Canada?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 24, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • MLS Expansion, Montreal Expansion, Vancouver Expansion

The biggest discussion this week without a doubt has been on MLS expansion, and even further MLS expansion in Canada. I think had the All-Star game not been in Toronto this year we wouldn’t be discussing this as much in length but here we are, the possibilities seem to be there for more Canadian teams in the big league as the league expands.

All of this has got me wondering though, and its not on a level of “do we have the talent”, “can we pay more players”, and so on and so forth. No, its mostly centered on the fact that I am wondering exactly how serious these other Canadian expansion bids are incomparison to the ones in the States.

In the past we’ve had expansion bids in the US come real close to happening (San Antonio ring a bell anyone) but in the end nothing more than a bunch of polictial miscommunications happened. No clubs in some cities that had the “serious” bids. Though I honestly believe it worked out best for all involved in the end.

Vancouver and Montreal do look like strong candidates though and they both appear to have the some of the right pieces in place to make MLS consider them for the expansion slots after Seattle and Philadelphia join MLS in the next two years.

I’ve discussed each city before and you can see the MLS Expansion page above for more on each.

I know supporters and fans from each will say why their city deserves it over another but take an unbiased approach for once. Look at the list of cities (both US and Canada), go to the limit of 20 clubs in the league and tell me honestly which cities and why. So four clubs, with reasons.

Also, is Canada capable of handling two or three clubs in the league?

Let’s hear it.

  • Kevin

    You know, it's really too bad that the Wizards got a stadium deal. It would make much more sense for them to move financially. <br />
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    I'm sorry for any diehard KC fans, but I'd rather see your team elsewhere, even St. Louis, for that matter.

  • occupant

    I have to agree with Kevin. KC needs to go to St. Louis. I'm sure all 5 of the die hard KC fans will get over it. While we're at it, let's move the crew to Milwaukee or even Detroit. I wish the league would group teams together geographically. At least in groups of 3 or 4. That would make away matches easier to attend. Instead, we're looking at possibly another team in New York. Although it wouldn't really be another team, since Red Bull is New Jersey. That's brilliant, so split Red Bulls attendance and you get 4500 fans per team.

  • gs

    both of you are morons

  • Kevin

    You know, it’s really too bad that the Wizards got a stadium deal. It would make much more sense for them to move financially.

    I’m sorry for any diehard KC fans, but I’d rather see your team elsewhere, even St. Louis, for that matter.

  • Kevin

    Why? Because we want a franchise to do better than it currently is with it's league-worst fan support? <br />
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    I am truly sorry for KC supporters, because the Cauldron is obviously full of passionate fans. However, I am pretty sure there aren't too many others.

  • occupant

    I have to agree with Kevin. KC needs to go to St. Louis. I’m sure all 5 of the die hard KC fans will get over it. While we’re at it, let’s move the crew to Milwaukee or even Detroit. I wish the league would group teams together geographically. At least in groups of 3 or 4. That would make away matches easier to attend. Instead, we’re looking at possibly another team in New York. Although it wouldn’t really be another team, since Red Bull is New Jersey. That’s brilliant, so split Red Bulls attendance and you get 4500 fans per team.

  • gs

    both of you are morons

  • Kevin

    Why? Because we want a franchise to do better than it currently is with it’s league-worst fan support?

    I am truly sorry for KC supporters, because the Cauldron is obviously full of passionate fans. However, I am pretty sure there aren’t too many others.

  • ros

    Montreal for sure. You would have TFC style support. The rivalry would be the biggest in the MLS. Ottawa would have solid ownership but I don't know if the area is ready for the MLS. Vancouver just needs to get it's waterfront stadium approved by the city. Solid football support and tradition. They had some of the biggest crowds in the NASL days. 60k sellouts even. Edmonton should be looked at. Been to 3 games there in the last 2 years all with crowds of 30k-45k.<br />
    Can't say much about the American markets cause I don't get to visit them often. Seattle will be great and I think Portland has a solid base. Too bad Miami doesn't have a proper stadium. <br />
    Kansas City should be moved to a city that will love them. <br />
    New stadiums have to be in urban centres. No more new stadiums in the suburbs. Stop chasing the family dollar and feed your hardcore urban base. Team in NYC for sure.<br />
    I predict NYC and Montreal but will most likely be St Louis and Montreal.

  • ros

    Montreal for sure. You would have TFC style support. The rivalry would be the biggest in the MLS. Ottawa would have solid ownership but I don’t know if the area is ready for the MLS. Vancouver just needs to get it’s waterfront stadium approved by the city. Solid football support and tradition. They had some of the biggest crowds in the NASL days. 60k sellouts even. Edmonton should be looked at. Been to 3 games there in the last 2 years all with crowds of 30k-45k.
    Can’t say much about the American markets cause I don’t get to visit them often. Seattle will be great and I think Portland has a solid base. Too bad Miami doesn’t have a proper stadium.
    Kansas City should be moved to a city that will love them.
    New stadiums have to be in urban centres. No more new stadiums in the suburbs. Stop chasing the family dollar and feed your hardcore urban base. Team in NYC for sure.
    I predict NYC and Montreal but will most likely be St Louis and Montreal.