MLS Expansion - Could NBA's Steve Nash bring a MLS team to Vancouver?
According to Steve's brother, Martin Nash, the basketball star is interested in helping bring MLS to Vancouver. It should be noted that Martin happens to play for Vancouver.
"He's trying to get involved. I don't think he's very involved yet but he wants to get involved. He just wants to give the game of soccer a higher profile in Canada...So could there be something to this? Might Nash be the man that helps push Vancouver into MLS?
Soccer is our first-love sport. We grew up playing it and my dad played it and still plays it, so it's just something embedded into us."
According to league officials, um, we don't know:
MLS commissioner Don Garber met Steve Nash in May and wrote on the league Web site that the two-time NBA MVP may be interested in getting involved as part of an ownership group trying to bring a team to Canada.Nash is already involved in the new Women's professional league, so this doesn't just appear to be idle talk. My guess is if Whitecaps owner Greg Kerfoot could figure out the stadium issue, Nash would join up in an Oscar De La Hoya style move.
Mark Abbott, the president of MLS, said the league is hesitant to speculate further.
"Steve Nash is obviously interested in soccer in Canada and what his role is ... I don't know how to say it, he would have to say what his role is with respect to that," said Abbott, who is the league's spokesperson on expansion issues.