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One year ago in American Soccer News

Posted on 31 March 2009 by ASN Staff

Liverpool FC co-owner George Gillett linked up with with Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Montreal. Besides his ties to soccer through Liverpool, Gillett also has ties to the area as majority owner of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.

Montreal was one of seven candidate cities announced last fall, and seen as an early favorite, before becoming the first city to drop out of the bidding (depending on whom you ask. MLS says they dropped out. Montreal said they were forced). Gillett’s exact role in the bid’s failure remains unclear, but earlier this month the Racine, Wisc., native put the Canadiens and other sports holdings up for sale.

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