Mystery still surrounds the decision of Major League Soccer to reject the bid of the Montreal Impact to join the league in 2011. The president of the United Soccer Leagues club, Joey
, said Monday that the Impact had been dropped "without explanation," and that he was "disappointed" by the decision.
MLS Commissioner Don
announced Friday that Montreal had withdrawn its bid because it was having trouble raising money for the $40 million expansion free. But Garber later revised that statement to say that
the bid had not been retained by the league.
"Does MLS really want Montreal?" asked Saputo. "I don't know." He said the Impact's bid had been $45 million
Canadian dollars (around $36.3 million), plus the cost of expanding Saputo Stadium, which has a current capacity of around 13,000.
"We were OK with that [amount]," said
Saputo, "without hurting where we are today and without hurting our plans for the future. We thought we had a sound bid." He also questioned whether the six other cities still in the bidding
for the two 2011 expansion spots -- Ottawa, Vancouver, St. Louis, Miami, Atlanta and Portland, Ore. -- are really ready to pay $40 million, claiming that some had not included a fee in their bids.
"Maybe the mistake I made was to put in a price," he said.
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