Ottawa “Promised” Expansion Club?

Ottawa “Promised” Expansion Club?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 11, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Ottawa Expansion

Weirder things have happened before.

The Ottawa Sun is reporting that MLS commissioner Don Garber practically assured Ottawa  an expansion team if the ownership group gets a go-ahead from the city council to build a proposed $110 million soccer stadium.

“It’s highly unlikely and almost inconceivable that with a stadium deal in place we would not grant an expansion team to Ottawa,” Garber told the Sun.

I still don’t see it happening. Too many pieces have to fall in place for this bid to get the nod. Not to mention the amount of backlash it will create if it does go through. I won’t lie, it would be a dumb thing for MLS to go to Ottawa right now. Its nothing against the city or the area (which is beautiful by the way), it just won’t work for the league in my opinion right now.

  • Ryan

    Good owner, strong multicultural area, 1 million people + market. What is not to like? If Ottawa doesn't get an expansion team when cities like Kansas and Salt Lake have teams that would be the true crime. Also CBC, Sportsnet, RDS/TSN, and Score are all fighting over TFC when American markets can't get their games on tv.

  • Ryan

    Good owner, strong multicultural area, 1 million people + market. What is not to like? If Ottawa doesn’t get an expansion team when cities like Kansas and Salt Lake have teams that would be the true crime. Also CBC, Sportsnet, RDS/TSN, and Score are all fighting over TFC when American markets can’t get their games on tv.