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Could the Canadian Premier League be on the way to la belle province?
CPL commissioner David Clanachan addressed that question and more with Noel Butler TSN 690 on Montreal Thursday night, adding there are “a number of groups” league officials are speaking to about Quebec – both in the Montreal area and Quebec City.
“You can only bring teams on when they’re ready,” Clanachan said. “I’d love to have a team in Quebec. I think Quebec is one of the best footballing provinces in the country.
“We’re trying to dot our I’s and cross our T’s and get it over the line, that’s the key thing.”
Clanachan’s comments come a few days before York9 FC travel to Montreal to play the Impact in the second leg of their Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3 tie. Clanachan told TSN 960 he plans to be in attendance at Stade Saputo in Montreal for next Wednesday’s tilt.
Y9 drew their Quebecois opponents 2-2 in the first leg at York Lions Stadium.
Commissioner David Clanachan speaks to TSN 690’s Noel Butler about Quebec expansion. Listen to the full interview here.
“As I speak to folks in Quebec, there’s no doubt there’s a desire there… Desire versus propose is very different. We have to let the process handle itself.”
Along with Montreal, Clanachan added there were two potential ownership groups interested in a CPL side in Quebec City.
“The key thing that’s required, more than anything else, is where you will play.”