Ottawa and MLS Brass Meet

Ottawa and MLS Brass Meet

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 27, 2009
  • 8 Comments
  • Expansion Hopeful, MLS Expansion, Ottawa Expansion

Ottawa got it’s chance to shine for Major League Soccer today.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk met with league brass today to attempt to sway the league’s decision to the Canadian capital. He laid on a series of meetings for MLS commissioner Don Garber and president Mark Abbott with all three levels of Canadian government.

Ottawa is the final expansion candidate to be visited by Garber and Abbott as they attempt to choose two cities to be awarded the two MLS expansion bids in 2011. St. Louis, Portland, Vancouver and Miami are the other four remaining candidates.

MLS is expected to choose the winning bids by mid-March.

Garber’s only comment on the Ottawa situation was not a bad one but not a great one either.

“The only drawback at present is that there is no stadium.”

Take that for what you will. Ottawa is still a big long-shot in this race but definitely a dark horse in some minds out there. Could they really sneak in and get one of the two spots? I still doubt it but its a never say never kind of thing. I was always shocked to see Salt Lake in the league and that seemed to work out alright for everyone. Maybe Ottawa would be more like that.

  • soundersfan

    Ottawa? why oh why.<br />
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    Miami, too much money so yes.<br />
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    Then another Canadian team, Vancouver, they actually have a vertically integrated academy program.

  • soundersfan

    Ottawa? why oh why.

    Miami, too much money so yes.

    Then another Canadian team, Vancouver, they actually have a vertically integrated academy program.

  • John

    Miami 2010 Vancouver 2011. <br />
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    Announcement coming in two weeks.

  • John

    Miami 2010 Vancouver 2011.

    Announcement coming in two weeks.

  • Scott

    I wouldn't mind seeing Ottawa come in. Personally I would prefer Vancouver and Portland, but I think any of the Canadian teams would draw well. On a side note, Montreal needs to be brought in during the next round.

  • Scott

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Ottawa come in. Personally I would prefer Vancouver and Portland, but I think any of the Canadian teams would draw well. On a side note, Montreal needs to be brought in during the next round.

  • joel

    I would say tha the top three candidates are Miami, Vancouver, and Portland. St Louis would be there, but rumors exist that their investor group is not strong.

  • I would say tha the top three candidates are Miami, Vancouver, and Portland. St Louis would be there, but rumors exist that their investor group is not strong.