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Posted on: Friday, May 7, 2010

Soccer: Montreal to join MLS in 2012 as 19th team


RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK Montreal will join Major League Soccer as its 19th team in 2012.

The team, announced at a news conference Friday, will be owned by the Saputo family, which currently runs the Montreal Impact of the U.S. Soccer Federation D-2 Pro League. It will play mostly in Saputo Stadium, which is to undergo about $23 million Canadian in renovations and have a 20,000-seat capacity.

Some games will be in Olympic Stadium, the home of baseball's Montreal Expos from 1977-04.

MLS currently has 16 teams. Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, were announced in March 2009 as expansion teams for 2011.