Update: Montreal Still Wants In

Update: Montreal Still Wants In

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 24, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Montreal Expansion

Montreal owner Joey Saputo told the press today that he and his ownership group still want in Major League Soccer but just not at any price.

So in a way it did come down to the money after all.

“I’m disappointed — the bid was taken out without explanation,” said Saputo. “Does MLS really want Montreal? I don’t know.”

“We were OK with that (amount), without hurting where we are today and without hurting our plans for the future,” said Saputo, whose team has been an attendance leader in the USL and its predecessor, the A-League, for 15 years. “We thought we had a sound bid.”

“Maybe the mistake I made was to put in a price,” he added.

He said the team will get on fine without MLS, as it did this season.

It sounds to me like we may never see Montreal in MLS with this kind of talk. Its about the money in some ways but it’s also the league not carefully looking at the bid for what it was worth. Maybe in 2012 or 2013 things will be different and the stadium his club plays in will be bigger and “league standard” by then.

For me it sounds like they are just buying a little more time to be “MLS ready” as a club and as an organization. Not like that is a bad thing overall but its sad to see this bid not be in the running as I thought it was one of the best.

But as a hole the league did what they thought was best I think. Sure there was probably a misunderstanding or some communication issues somewhere in all of this but I think in the end it will be the best for both parties involved.

What do you make of this mess with Montreal? Will the league bring their bid back or will we have to wait a few more years to possibly see them in the league?

  • RJR

    Either you're missing something or the league is doing a really good job of spinning this. The word on the street in Canada is that the MLS screwed the Impact, that the "communication problem" was the MLS' unwillingness to negotiate. I know that they're trying to maintain growth and that accepting lower than revenues would take away some of their bargaining power for advertisements and endorsements, but given the current economic situation one would think the MLS would prefer to negotiate. After all, Montreal already has the stadium and the fans – there's at least a guaruntee of success!

  • RJR

    Either you’re missing something or the league is doing a really good job of spinning this. The word on the street in Canada is that the MLS screwed the Impact, that the “communication problem” was the MLS’ unwillingness to negotiate. I know that they’re trying to maintain growth and that accepting lower than revenues would take away some of their bargaining power for advertisements and endorsements, but given the current economic situation one would think the MLS would prefer to negotiate. After all, Montreal already has the stadium and the fans – there’s at least a guaruntee of success!

  • Otto

    The MLS needs Montreal more than Montreal needs the MLS.<br />
    <br />
    When I heard the news early Sunday morning I instantly thought &quot;what did Garber do to mess up what would easily be one of MLS's strongest markets&quot;.<br />
    <br />
    Shame.

  • Otto

    The MLS needs Montreal more than Montreal needs the MLS.

    When I heard the news early Sunday morning I instantly thought “what did Garber do to mess up what would easily be one of MLS’s strongest markets”.

    Shame.