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Montreal Impact to Join MLS in 2012

Its not official yet, but according to MLS Rumors and Its Called Football , Major League Soccer is set to announce that they will expanding again in 2012. The new franchise, called the Montreal Impact, will add another USL team and provide a natural rivalry with Toronto FC.

While I believe that the Montreal franchise can be as successful as Toronto and Seattle, I have to wonder whether MLS is expanding too rapidly. Consider that this year they added Seattle, next season it is Philadelphia. Then in 2011 Portland and Vancouver are joining, and now Montreal in 2012. That is 5 new teams in four years. An extra 100 players playing in Major League Soccer.

With this sort of rapid expansion, will the quality of the league suffer?

The MLS plans reminds me of the rapid expansion of the National Hockey League in the 1990’s. The NHL added all these sunbelt franchises, but in the rush to expand the reach of hockey and become a major sport in the U.S., the quality of play dropped as the new players added would not have been good enough for the NHL prior to expansion.

My worry is that MLS is heading down the same path. What do you think?

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  • TheGaffer April 16, 2010, 2:09 pm

    From my sources (http://wp.me/pMiyw-iQ) Don Garber will be in Montreal at the end of next week, and will possibly make an official statement on April 22nd or 23rd…or even before the opening game at Saputo Stadium.

    This is great news for Montreal, and Canadian soccer as well. 3 teams in the MLS, which will create some amazing rivalries

  • Casey Blick November 23, 2009, 1:12 am

    I think Garber still turns a blind eye to a couple of their existing markets where they’re not drawing immensely well, I wonder if we might see a relocation or two. If they’re not doing anything until 2020, I don’t blame St. Louis for looking at this new version of the NASL in 2010.

    • David Wilson November 23, 2009, 10:20 am

      Great points Casey. The crowds that the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls drew this season in large football stadiums were pitiful. Having the NYRB in their own stadium next season will help draw more fans, but the Revs need their own stadium too.

  • dan November 22, 2009, 11:24 pm

    Garber said that after they named the 20th team that they will wait till 2020 to add anymore teams.

    • David Wilson November 23, 2009, 12:48 am

      And that I think is is a good idea Dan

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