MONTREAL IMPACT OFFICIALLY NAMED MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S 19TH TEAM

MONTREAL IMPACT OFFICIALLY WELCOMED AS MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S 19TH TEAM

In 2012 Montreal Impact will be celebrating the clubs 20th year in existence, but in the same year, they will be celebrating the clubs inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

Both Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact called press conferences on Friday for  an announcement that was one of the worst kept secrets in North American Soccer as it had been anticipated and expected for months.

The announcement that Montreal would be awarded a Major League Soccer team for the 2012 season, becoming the league’s 19th team and the leagues 3rd Canadian team, was still warmly regarded by American and Canadian fans alike.

Toronto FC, joined the league in 2007 and Vancouver Whitecaps will enter the league for the 2011 season, meaning that in the span of 5 years Canada has gone from no top-tier professional soccer clubs, to having three; an achievement that will, no doubt have a significant ‘impact’ on the long-term exposure, marketing and development of the sport in Canada and the continent in general.

Legitimate stadium, committed ownership and tradition were all cited as reasons when Vancouver was admitted as MLS’s 17th, just over a year ago, but those praises could apply equally to Montreal. Congratulations to Montreal, the Impact and its fans. A very fitting and welcome new addition to Major League Soccer.

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