- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 25, 2010
- 2 Comments
- Joey Saputo, Montreal Expansion
Something we’ve known for a while is Montreal will be in Major League Soccer sooner rather than later. When the league decided to explore Montreal back in the fall as an expansion candidate it only meant the city was that much closer to getting an expansion bid.
Now it appears that the city could be possibly a year away from putting a MLS club on the field. Owner Joey Saputo told a French Canadian paper that if possible they’ll join in 2011, if not it should be 2012. (his quotes were translated below…my French was a bit rusty so I let Google do the work on some words I couldn’t remember)
“I met leaders of the MLS in Florida earlier this year,” he said today during the first day of camp the team. “Our bid is ready and even if we should be there in 2012, if necessary, can be as early as 2011. ”
“The leaders of the MLS, Don Gerber and Mark Abbott came to Montreal before Christmas and said they were well satisfied, he said. It is no longer whether, but when we get there. “
So 2011 huh? I suppose that means if Portland or Vancouver can’t make it for some reason they’ll step in as an expansion team. Have no fear Whitecap or Timber fans, that won’t be the case as both expansion bids there are looking far too good now to be replaced or even fall apart at this stage in the game.
I still believe Montreal will come in for the 2012 season. I also wouldn’t be shocked if they came in alone at that point too and the league stayed at an uneven 19 clubs for a couple seasons as they make a final push to find the best city available for the 20th club.