One way or another I think we'll see soccer in Ottawa at the USL1 level in the next two or three years. I recognize the obstacles but I very much hope it succeeds. With TFC, Vancouver, and Montreal all now in or going to MLS, the future of growth in professional soccer in Canada lies in cities like Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Quebec. These are cities that are large enough to support a team but (barring miracle scenarios) too small for MLS to consider. If these cities can start and support viable USL1 level teams then soccer will grow and prosper in Canada. In fact, if we had three MLS teams and six USL1 teams I'd suggest the player development would be such that, after a decade or so, our national team would regularly qualify for the World Cup. On the other hand, if USL1 soccer fails in places like Ottawa then Canadian professional soccer will be confined to the three big cities, our player development will not improve tremendously, and the national team will see only minor benefits.