Home / MLS / MLS Awards Expansion Team to Montreal

MLS Awards Expansion Team to Montreal

Montreal Impact team will join MLS in 2012. PHOTO from April 28, 2010 by Nick Turchiaro / isiphotos.com

Montreal Impact team will join MLS in 2012. PHOTO from April 28, 2010 by Nick Turchiaro / isiphotos.com

League’s 19th Team Will Debut in 2012 at Renovated Saputo Stadium

 

MONTREAL (Friday, May 7, 2010) – Montreal, Quebec will be the home of Major League Soccer’s 19th  club, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and expansion team owner Joey Saputo announced today during a press conference at Excentris in Montreal.

Montreal’s MLS team will begin play in 2012 at the newly-renovated Saputo Stadium, which is built on the grounds of Montreal’s Olympic Park. The venue will undergo approximately $23 million CDN in improvements before the new MLS team begins play, and will have a seamless 20,000-seat soccer-specific configuration. In addition, the new team will play a select number of games at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

 “

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,” Commissioner Garber said. “Joey Saputo and his family are a committed ownership group that truly loves the game and will provide extensive knowledge to MLS based on their years of involvement in the sport. We believe that both Saputo Stadium and Olympic Stadium will provide a world-class soccer environment for supporters in Montreal and throughout the province of Quebec.” 

Joey Saputo spearheads a group of investors, composed of family members who represent their different holdings. For the past 30 years, the Saputo family has played a frontline role in the development of soccer in Canada. First as a sponsor of the Montreal Manic in the North American Soccer League (NASL), it moved on into the 1990s to become owner of the Montreal Impact. The Saputo family has also contributed to the construction of Saputo Stadium.

Montreal becomes the third Canadian team in MLS, joining Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Debuting in 2007, Toronto FC was one of the most successful launches of a North American professional sports club in decades.  Now in its fourth season, Toronto FC has sold out every home game in club history, has capped season tickets at 16,000, and has a season-ticket waiting list of more than 10,000 people.  Vancouver, which also has a proven track record of supporting soccer, will join as an MLS expansion team along with Portland in 2011.

“After 17 history-making years, our team and sport have reached a new summit today,” declared Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo. “Our team has evolved and our sport is now major. As a Montrealer, I am extremely proud of the acquisition of an MLS team. This is what Montreal deserved: a great league within a great city.” 

Montreal has a long tradition of supporting professional soccer, dating back to the early 1900’s and continuing through the North American Soccer League years in the 1970’s and 80’s. Since 1993, the second division Montreal Impact have provided soccer fans with multiple championships, including the inaugural Nutrilite Canadian Championship in 2008 that qualified the club for the CONCACAF Champions League.  Passion for the sport was evident during that championship run, as 55,571 fans saw the Impact defeat Mexican club Santos Laguna 2-0 in a quarterfinal match at Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2009.

While Olympic Stadium will be used for select matches, the expansion club will call Saputo Stadium home, as the soccer-specific venue that was built in 2008 will be transformed into a world-class soccer facility to provide an even more authentic fan experience for the Montreal MLS team. The improvements include several state-of-the-art amenities, an increase in the number of permanent seats, widened concourses and improved player facilities. Saputo Stadium has a natural grass surface.

With the addition of Montreal, Vancouver and Portland during the next two years, MLS has grown from 10 clubs in 2004 to a 19-team league in 2012.  Details regarding conference alignment and schedule format for future MLS seasons will be unveiled at a later date.

The details regarding ticket reservation for MLS 2012 were also unveiled on Friday. It is possible to reserve seats now or alternatively, to register online on a priority list at www.montrealmls2012.com.

The best way to obtain a season ticket for MLS 2012 is by purchasing an Impact season ticket. All 2011 Impact season subscribers will get priority over their seats for the 2012 season in MLS.

For all non-Impact season ticket holders, there will only be 5,000 seats available on presale. Registration on a priority list will be required and a $50 deposit will be requested per ticket. Registered individuals will be able to reserve their seat prior to the general public sale. However, their orders will be processed after season ticket holder reservations and in chronological order, on the basis of registration date on the list. This deposit is applicable on the payment of each ticket but is non-refundable.

For further information on the reservation procedure or to register on the priority list, visit www.montrealmls2012.com.

About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. MLS kicked off its 15th season on March 25, 2010. MLS features 16 clubs each playing 30 regular season matches in 2010. Those teams include Chicago Fire; Colorado Rapids; Chivas USA; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; Kansas City Wizards; Los Angeles Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; 2009 MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural season, Philadelphia Union.  Expansion teams in Vancouver and Portland will debut in 2011 and in Montreal in 2012. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official Web site at www.MLSsoccer.com.

Your comments:

Powered by Facebook Comments

73 comments

  1. Fabulous post. I’ve bookmarked this page to check back later.

  2. I feel more individuals need to read this, quite great info.

  3. Your blog post caught my eye. Thanks for sharing this information.

  4. Never heard of this before, but thanks for opening up my eyes.

  5. Being a complete newbie, all I can say is thanks for sharing this.

  6. I just wanted to thank you very much for this intriguing site. I’ve already favorited your blog, when time permits I will have to have to do some deeper surfing of your site. Well back to looking for sporting event tickets

  7. I just wanted to comment and say that I really enjoyed reading your blog post here. It was very informative and I also digg the way you write! Keep it up and I’ll be back to read more in the future

  8. I like your posting style. Its very powerful and keeps the reader wanting to read all the way through. Do not stop producing such great posts like these.

  9. Wow. It’s a nice reminder that good people are real in this world.

  10. It’s so refreshing to find articles like the ones you post on your site. Very informative reading. I will keep you bookmarked. Thanks! .

  11. Such a really good discussion you all have happening. I like the mix of good and correct information together with a few intellectual thoughts. It really is wonderful to be able to finally come across excellent articles where I think I could believe in the text as well as respect the individuals that publish it. With all the web waste nowadays I always value finding some real voices online. Thank you for posting and continue the good work, please!!

  12. Interesting blog. And this post is very useful. Great Read!

  13. I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . . .

  14. I must declare I am very impressed with that. I’ve read a ton concerning it already but your purpose of view extremely widened my brain to a different approach of thinking. Cheers .

  15. Nice info on on this site and I’m glad I cameupon this site. I can come here again soon.

  16. reading through these posts and the info you’ve provided I will appreciate that I still have much to learn. I will keep reading and keep coming back here.

  17. I just couldnt leave your website just before saying that i definitely enjoyed the excellent details you deliver for your visitors..
    . Will probably be back again often to check up on new stuff you article!

  18. http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/ cialis without prescription [url=http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/] cialis without prescription [/url] http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/ cialis without a prescription [url=http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/] cialis without a prescription [/url] http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/ viagra [url=http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/] viagra [/url] http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/ buy levitra [url=http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/] buy levitra [/url] http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/ levitra sale [url=http://www.edmedicationsonline.net/] levitra sale [/url] http://holyfamilyblog.com/ acomplia [url=http://holyfamilyblog.com/] acomplia [/url] http://www.notrock.com/ cheap health insurance [url=http://www.notrock.com/] cheap health insurance [/url] http://www.indiebites.com/ accutane online [url=http://www.indiebites.com/] accutane online [/url] http://japaninscotland.com/ cheap cialis online [url=http://japaninscotland.com/] cheap cialis online [/url] 57102@gmail.com

  19. http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/ cheap car insurance [url=http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/] cheap car insurance [/url] http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/ cheap auto insurance [url=http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/] cheap auto insurance [/url] http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/ carinsurance [url=http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/] carinsurance [/url] http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/ car insurence [url=http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/] car insurence [/url] http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/ car insurance rates [url=http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/] car insurance rates [/url] http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/ car insurance quotes [url=http://www.decoletaje-mecanizado.com/] car insurance quotes [/url] http://www.niueboro.com/ order levitra online [url=http://www.niueboro.com/] order levitra online [/url] http://www.salon92.com/ zithromax online [url=http://www.salon92.com/] zithromax online [/url] http://www.jackvsryan.com/ levitra online [url=http://www.jackvsryan.com/] levitra online [/url] 96458@gmail.com

  20. In the USA playing poker for cash is illegal but there is no harm in playing the free poker games. If you are playing on a site where you are dealing with real money then it can cause a lot of trouble for sure. In that situation offline betting is much easier to get away with if it’s illegal in your country! lol

  21. Great One ! I love your blog…. It is quite informative for me. I will concern it again.

  22. kat sini susah nak cari maa… kena buat sndiri le nampak gayanye!

  23. Want to ground their own organization. As a fact, that’s easy.

Scroll To Top