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July 31, 2008 18:43 ET

Melnyk Confirms Interest to Bring Major League Soccer to Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - Earlier today, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced its timelines and process for expanding its league from 16 to 18 teams for the 2011 season.

In a brief statement, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed his interest in bringing Major League Soccer to Ottawa.

"Major League Soccer has done an impressive job of bringing an exciting brand of professional soccer to North America," said Melnyk. "The popularity and passion for soccer is deeply rooted within our community and we firmly believe our city is more than ready to embrace an MLS team. Over the next few months, we will be working closely with the region's soccer community and all levels of government to prepare a comprehensive submission to the league."

About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and features many stars from the U.S. and around the world. Now in its 13th season, the 14 teams in MLS are: The Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC. Seattle Sounders FC will join the League in 2009 and a Philadelphia expansion team will debut in 2010.

For more information about MLS, log on to the league's official web site at, or contact Dan Courtemanche, 212-450-1225 or

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