Don Garber told the Ottawa Citizen: "In time, Ottawa will have a franchise. They (the Melnyk team) blew us away with their presentation and have shown a very strong understanding of the market.
"But no stadium is the hurdle to giving a franchise."
Melnyk was adamant yesterday that the MLS would come to Ottawa.
"This is going to happen. It's just a matter of time," he said.
Ottawa are in contention for one of two franchise placements for 2011 against Vancouver, Miami, Portland and St. Louis.
MLS is expected to announce the winning bids for two expansion clubs by the end of March.
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