Montreal to Join MLS in 2012


It’s official.

Montreal will be joining MLS in 2012,and as you can see in the video above, their part-time home, Saputo Stadium, is set for a $23 million upgrade.

“We are proud to welcome Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world and a multicultural metropolis whose residents are deeply passionate about the world’s game, to Major League Soccer,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said Friday.

Joey Saputo, owner of the Impact, announced plans to add 7,000 seats to Saputo Stadium, raising its capacity to 20,000.

He’s also excited to be joining Major League Soccer.

“I’ve always said this is no longer a question of ‘if,’ but of ‘when,'” Saputo said. “I can finally say ‘when’ is here, and it’s about time. … The arrival of MLS in Montreal is nothing short of a revolution for our city and our soccer fans.

“I believe the structure we already have in place—the support, the fans, the stadium, the following—will allow us to hit the gound running in 2012. Just like we intend to compete on the field with the best clubs in MLS, we know that our fans will compete in the stands with the likes of Seattle or Toronto.”

So, are you excited, too?

Montreal will be the 19th franchise in 2012. Will there be a 20th?

And who should that be?

Don’t be surprised if there is more expansion news on the horizon.

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