MLS Commissioner Don Garber respects CF Montreal’s decision to wait a bit before joining MLS NEXT Pro, a development consortium that will begin operations in 2022.
This league, which will feature 21 teams in its inaugural season, “is one of the biggest commitments MLS has made,” Garber told TVA Sports on the sidelines of the MLS Cup final.
“Montreal needs to see what they want from the MLS NEXT Pro,” he said afterwards. Not all teams will be in next year, but they will all be there in 2023. I agree they will take another year to see it, other teams are doing it too.”
Following the announcement of the MLS NEXT Pro, CF Montreal earlier this week indicated its intention to follow the league’s activities closely “to determine if this is a solution that aligns with our training strategy and philosophy”.
Of the 21 teams that will start the MLS NEXT Pro 2022 campaign, 20 will join Garber Circuit, including teams from the two other Canadian MLS organizations, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps. Eight more clubs linked to a professional organization will enter in 2023.
The commissioner, in this interview, also commented on the challenges he faced in the 2021 season and his ambitions for the following season, which will notably see Charlotte’s expansion team enter the arena.
“There will also be a World Cup,” he added. Our national teams, the United States and Canada, are doing well. I can’t wait to see if Canada qualifies. I would be very proud if that happened.”
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