Friday in Los Angeles, MLS commissioner Don Garber held his annual State of the League address ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup final. Unlike previous seasons, there were few noteworthy nuggets of information dropped by the commish -- unless you count the elimination of the MLS reserve division as big news. (Admit it, like most people you had no idea the reserve league even existed.)
Probably the most important thing said by Garber Friday was that the league hasn't lost any corporate sponsorship due to the ongoing worldwide economic crisis.
On the expansion front, Montreal officially dropped out of the running for 2011 due to the wintry economic climate. That leaves Vancouver, Miami, Portland and, yes, Ottawa as the front runners. The prospect of another team in Canada is a double-edged sword for the league.