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Garber says TFC is the MLS “blueprint”
January 27, 2009, 10:36 PM
Filed under: Canada, Don Garber, MLS, Toronto FC

MLS commissioner Don Garber and president Mark Abbott were in Ottawa on Tuesday and gave a glowing review to the city’s bid for one of two spots available for the league’s 2011 expansion plans.

During his visit, Garber called TFC the “blueprint” for the model MLS team and said the league would like to continue to expand into Canada but said U.S. television contracts and commercial opportunities would be taken into consideration, so it’s possible that neither Vancouver or Ottawa could win a spot in this round of expansion.

“We talked in the U.S. about it becoming a soccer nation. Well, we believe Canada is already a soccer nation,” Garber said. “It doesn’t make sense to put odds on it, but we do want more teams in Canada. If it doesn’t happen in the short term, it will happen in the long term, but that decision hasn’t been made yet.”

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