MLS board kicks the tires on Ottawa soccer franchise bid

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

The Senators took another kick at bringing an MLS expansion team to Ottawa yesterday.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, president Roy Mlakar and COO Cyril Leeder met with MLS team owners to outline Ottawa's bid for an expansion soccer franchise in 2011.

While the update of the bid filed last month was only supposed to last 20 minutes, Melnyk, Mlakar and Leeder had a 45-minute audience with the board of governors and were buoyed by the response.

"There were six presentations (yesterday) and they seemed to be really impressed with ours," said Mlakar from Los Angeles last night. "Now, we'll see what happens, but I felt the response was very positive."

Governors were given a handout that outlined the club's proposal to build a 20,000-plus seat stadium just south of Scotiabank Place in Kanata.

"We showed them our plans and what we'd like to do," said Mlakar.

Mlakar said a decision on which cities the MLS will grant expansion franchises is expected before January.

The meetings were taking place during the MLS Cup, which is tomorrow between the Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls.


Videos

Photos