Monday, August 3, 2009

Could Impact Become Fourth USL1 Team In MLS By 2011?

According to an interview with Forbes magazine last week quoted Monday in a story by the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Montreal Impact, who once balked at becoming a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in 2011, may get a second chance to join and may become the fourth United Soccer Leagues First Division franchise to head to MLS.

In the Forbes interview, MLS Commissioner Don Garber suggested three conditions would have to be met for the Impact to join:

- Their home field, Saputo Stadium, would have to be expanded from 13,000 to 21,000 seats.

- The Quebec government would have to pass $25 million Canadian into upgrades on the stadium.

- The team would have to agree to pay a $35 million US expansion fee, the same amount the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps agreed to pay to join the league at the same time, and down from the original $40 million US fee.

The other former USL1 team in MLS is the Seattle Sounders.

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