Montreal Becomes MLS' 19th Franchise

The Canadian club newest club to be brought into Major League Soccer fraternity.
Major League Soccer announced on Friday that Montreal will join the league as team number 19 and will begin play in 2012.

“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,” Garber said Friday to the media.

The team will play at Saputo Field which will soon be given a $22 million upgrade which will see 7,000 new seats be added for the start of the 2012 season. Owner of the current team in the city, the Impact, Joey Saputo knew that this announcement would happen sooner or later.

"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."

Montreal joins Philadelphia, Portland and Vancouver as the league's newest members.

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