Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has loudly and suddenly joined the Major League Soccer expansion race. His announcement that he's ready to build a soccer stadium in the vast tract of concreted-over trees and scrub land in Kanata – complicates things.
Previously, Montreal and Vancouver were in the hunt for the two 2011 expansion slots – with an ever-growing list of American rivals. Now, three Canadian cities are clawing for the prize, all with solid stadium plans and deep-pocketed ownership.
Geographical proximity makes it hugely unlikely – I think – that Ottawa and Montreal will both get the nod. But either of them might, which puts them in a very real competition against each other.
Let's take this apart, shall we?
Montreal has a charming, delicious new stadium, which right now has clumpy, fly-away grass and lots of empty seats. I know the stadium looks full, but multiple allegations walk the night that not all of those seats are actually being paid for.