MLS expands to Montreal

Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario (left) and Montreal Impact's David Testo in action during the...

Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario (left) and Montreal Impact's David Testo in action during the Nutrilite Canadian Championships last month. (QMI Agency/Ernest Doroszuk)

STEVEN SANDOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

Montreal became the third Canadian franchise in Major League Soccer on Friday.

MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement during a press conference with Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo.

"We've been waiting for this for a very long time," Saputo said.

The Impact becomes the 19th team in the MLS and will begin play in 2012.

"This was no longer a question of if, it was a question of when," said Garber. "Now, when is finally here, and it's about time. It is truly moments like this that make sports so special."

Garber is already hinting that he'd like to see more teams from Canada join the league in the future.

The Impact currently plays at Stade Saputo, which is being upgraded to seat approximately 20,000. The team will also play select games next door at Olympic Stadium.


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