- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 9, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Vancouver Expansion, Vancouver Whitecaps
I saw this post over the weekend and figured it wouldn’t change at all (plus I was a bit too busy this weekend to get around to talking about it). According to the Globe and Mail up north, barring any unusal last-minute snag, Vancouver will be awarded a MLS club sometime within the next couple of weeks.
Two sources requesting anonymity said this week that Greg Kerfoot, the reclusive Vancouver businessman and owner of the Whitecaps, was negotiating the final details of an agreement with MLS commissioner Don Garber.
The new MLS team would replace the existing Whitecaps club, which competes in the less prestigious United Soccer League’s First Division. The new team would take the name Whitecaps and begin play in 2011.
Yesterday, Dan Courtemanche, MLS vice-president of communications and marketing, said the league hopes to announce its two successful applicants by March 31. He added that an announcement could still come before the MLS season begins on March 19.
Funny how it looks like the league could be pushing their announcement back to after the start of the season for the two bits. Earlier it was going to be before the season kicks off next week but now it looks like by the end of the month.
Back to Vancouver though. The more I read into this the more I really begin to like this Vancouver bid. The city loves it’s soccer and the fact that there is no other big-time sports league to compete within the city really opens my eyes to the bid even more. Plus the history and rivalry with Seattle makes it pretty sweet as well.
Vancouver was quiet all along in this expansion process with very little hicups along the way. I guess slow and steady does win the race after all.
The article also brings up another point that the league could be working behind closed doors to help a bid get in if they are struggling with the expansion fee.
But the source added that MLS is well aware of the financial times and would be willing to discuss a method in which successful bidders could pay the fee over a longer period.
To me that sounds like St. Louis but I won’t go into that at the moment. A lot depends on Portland this week. If something falls through there I could see the league getting a deal done with St. Louis. Just a hunch.