MLS and Montreal Finally Wed

May 9, 2010 at 12:28 am | Posted in General Football | Leave a comment

It has been a tortured courtship, but at last Montreal and the MLS have decided to tie the knot.  It is about time.  Joey Saputo finally managed to get the cash up to pay the massive 40 Million expansion fee, and others have ponied up the dough to expand the stadium to hold 20,000 fans.  Montreal were set to join a few years back, but the Great Recession caused the Canadian dollar to drop dramatically against the US dollar, and the cost of joining went up nearly 20%.  Now there is near parity of the two currencies which makes the huge entrance fee more affordable.

Montreal deserves the franchise.  As much as I hate to admit it, Montreal has been playing very solid and sophisticated football for years now, and their fans have followed the team with a passion greater than many, if not most, MLS clubs.

MLS gets a franchise which is guaranteed to fill the stadium on almost every match night, unlike a lot of the American franchises who continue to embarrass with poor attendance.  Large swaths of empty seats do not look good on TV.  The MLS will have no problem getting Canadian TV deals signed, which will bring money into the MLS coffers.

The Canadian triangle is now complete, and each of Canada’s biggest cities will have the thrill of Canadian derbies to look forward to.   I can hardly wait.

This is the beginning of a new era in Canadian football, and my hope is the Canadian MLS clubs will participate heavily in player development in their local areas.  Canadian soccer badly needs this if our national team is to improve.


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