Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vancouver to MLS

I don't know what there is to say about Vancouver gaining admission to MLS for the 2011 season that hasn't been said already.

OK, there's one thing: It's a good thing.

My only remaining concern is for the Montreal Impact, and any other Canadian franchise that might join the USL-1 setup in the next few years. With Portland likely to be announced as the other new team for 2011, USL-1 will have lost 3 of is strongest franchises (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver). I have no doubt that Montreal will remain to be a strong team, but it kind of seems like there's no point if the rest of the league isn't strong.

A least there's Puerto Rico. The Islanders continued USL-1's impressive run of success in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 home leg win against Cruz Azul on Tuesday. It's not a done deal, as we know all too well, but any result at this stage of the competition is a good one.

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