Why Major League Soccer Needs A Montreal Franchise

Vincent MuambiContributor IMay 18, 2009

Montreal Impact are perhaps the only popular soccer team outside of Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps so it should be fitting to see them compete in Major League soccer sometime in the near future.

Montreal would provide a welcome boost for Major League Soccer in Canada with the addition of Vancouver and Toronto in the ranks. 

Canadian soccer would reap benefits of having three top professional soccer teams, each based in the three biggest cities. It would also give future Canadian soccer players something to look forward to.

It would also give Canadian soccer fans a chance to enjoy an authentic Canadian-style soccer experience—one that hasn't been in play for quite a long time. 

Just this year, Vancouver was officially announced as a addition to Major League Soccer and already the club announced that ticket requests have surpassed that of the 5,000 tickets already allocated to the public.

Back in April, the Montreal Impact were able to house at least 55,000 for a CONCACAF Champions League match at the Olympic stadium. A feat never before achieved by a second rate soccer club in Canada or even in the United States. 

Another plus for Montreal would be the new Saputo Stadium. With plans to expand the capacity to about 22,000 underway seats if Montreal gets an MLS team. Now talk about a resurgence of sorts for Canadian soccer.

Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, and now, if possible, the Montreal Impact. It certainly doesn't get any better than this.

All three cities boast large soccer-loving communities and local soccer memberships among youths is surpassing that of another local sport—that's right, hockey.

It seems soccer is finally beginning to find it's footing in Canada, and it couldn't have come at a better time for most Canadian soccer fans, and also Canadian soccer players who most of ply their trade in Europe.

Ottawa is also another candidate for Major League Soccer, the city boast one of the largest playing fields in soccer with over 250,000 participants in the game today.

That's quite a number for a hockey-loving city, but with local corporate support by Eugene Melnyk, the owner of Ottawa Senators, and a sleek  stadium design unveiled his group, it seems that the thought of a fourth Major League soccer team in Canada wouldn't be far off also.


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