Montreal considered for 2017 MLS all-star game: commissioner

Montreal is being considered to host the 2017 Major League Soccer all-star game. League commissioner Don Garber also said Wednesday that Canada would not see an expansion team in the foreseeable future.

Event would coincide with city's 375th anniversary

Saputo Stadium, home of the Montreal Impact, could host the 2017 MLS all-star game. League commissioner Don Garber said he discussed the plan in a meeting with Mayor Denis Coderre before Wednesday's Impact game against D.C. United. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Montreal is being considered to host the 2017 Major League Soccer all-star game.

League commissioner Don Garber said he discussed the plan in a meeting with Mayor Denis Coderre prior to the Impact's game against D.C. United on Wednesday.

Garber said it made sense for Montreal to host "an event that would be important and worthy of the anniversary of this great city, and also be able to provide a profile for the Montreal Impact."

The event would coincide with Montreal's 375th anniversary.

"Very preliminary," Garber warned.

The all-star game reunites the league's best players as voted by team managers and fans. Since 2005, MLS has invited professional clubs from Europe to face its all-stars.

Garber also addressed the Canadian Soccer Association's desire to host the 2026 World Cup. He said he would support the bid, but that MLS needed a stronger relationship with the CSA in order for that to happen.

Garber also added that while MLS continues to expand, three more teams will enter the league over the next three years, Canada would not see an expansion team in the foreseeable future.

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