Soccer leagues across North America and Europe are set to expand from three to five teams this season, as North America’s men’s and women’s soccer teams prepare for their first World Cup.
The MLS, for example, will have nine teams in 2019, with six of those being expansion teams in Canada and two in the United States.
The men’s side in Canada will be the Montreal Impact, and the women’s side will be New York Red Bulls II.
The Montreal Impact will play at Montreal’s Stade Saputo, while the New York Revolution will play in Red Bull Arena in New York City.
Canada’s men and women teams will play each other three times a year, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“The new MLS expansion will give us more options to choose from,” said New York Cosmos president and CEO Michael Landsberg.
“We will have more choices for home and away, which means we can focus on the league, our fans and our club.
We have a great stadium and a great team, and we want to build on that.”
Canadian Premier League soccer league has no expansion teams The Canadian Soccer Association has yet to confirm that any of its three Canadian teams will be expanding.
However, its board of governors met with soccer officials in Vancouver on Wednesday and is expected to announce its plan for expansion in the coming weeks.
The league will have no teams in the US.
“With our teams coming to the new MLS we are in a very strong position to expand, and that’s why I think we should make that announcement,” said Quebecor president and owner Jean-Michel Aulas.
“There’s a lot of potential to grow the league.
There’s a great fan base, and a good support from the Canadian soccer community, which is what we want.”
MLS will be able to field its expansion teams under a separate umbrella, known as the National Women’s Soccer League, which will consist of the New England Revolution, which are expected to join MLS in 2019 and the Washington Spirit in 2020.
However it is unclear if the NWSL will be a separate entity, or if it will be part of the current Women’s Professional Soccer league in the same league.
“I think it’s important for the NWSPL to be in that umbrella,” said NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush.
“That’s the only league that will be supported by the Canadian Soccer League.
I think that’s a really important step for us, and for women’s sports in general, to have the ability to play in that structure.”
The NWSL already has a strong presence in Canada, where it has won four Canadian championships in three seasons.
The Ottawa Fury will play the Montreal Storm in the 2019 NWSL final, while Toronto FC will face the Montreal St-Louis Thrashers in the 2020 final.