The MLS to Ottawa story may seem, well, insane, but it won't go away. Details were limited today--they're coming Tuesday--but Eugene Melnyk made it clear that he is still interested in getting into the footy game.
Again, it doesn't seem remotely possible that Ottawa will be one of the two teams named, but, then again, Melnyk isn't a stupid man. He must have some indication that MLS is taking the bid seriously.
With the turf at Montreal's Cheese Curd Stadium suddenly not looking so state of the art (and the stands still very much looking slightly less impressive than a Texas high school football stadium) maybe the Impact's imminent move to MLS isn't such a sure thing. The truth is, Montreal's only real advantage over its two Canadian rivals is/was its stadium.
MLS can be an odd league sometimes. So, it would be foolish to completely discount the efforts. If Melnyk can get the shovel into the ground before the other prospective teams...
An off the wall idea to think about:
Maybe Ottawa's efforts are a result of a private conversation MLS commissioner Don Garber had with Melnyk where it was revealed that the league's long term plan was to either A) create MLS2 and implement some form of a promotion/relegation system. Or B) create MLS Canada, an all-Canadian league affiliated with MLS (the top MLS Canada teams would enter into the MLS Cup playoffs and there would be some interleague games played each season).
It's crazy talk, really. But, then again so is the idea of Ottawa in MLS.
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