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New president of Canada Soccer Montagliani intent on lifting profile

Recently-appointed Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani is intent on improving the profile of the sport in the country.

Montagliani is keen to work more closely with US Soccer and make Major League Soccer a two-country league rather than just some Canadian teams competing with the US clubs.

"It's time to come together," Montagliani said on Tuesday after he was elected against the will of some prominent soccer people in Canada.

"People have the right to their opinion, and I don't have a problem with that, but I think the professional clubs know that I'm in it for the right reasons and we're both willing to work with each other. They know that this country and this game can't afford for that not to happen."

He added: "[MLS] is a two-country league, so it's not just Canadian soccer and [MLS]; it's also Canadian soccer, US soccer and [MLS]. [MLS] is aware that they have a significant partner to the north and that our success is their success."

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