During the 1960s there was a concerted effort to push professional soccer in Canada. The Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League was formed in 1961 and featured teams in Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, and Buffalo, New York. One club, Toronto City, even featured some very prominent British soccer stars during its inaugural season, including Northern Ireland international Danny Blanchflower, England internationals Stanley Matthews and Johnny Haynes and Scottish internationals Jackie Mudie and Tommy Younger.
Many members of the world diaspora living in Montreal are now taking advantage of being part of a Diaspora Nation. Diaspora networks are increasingly powerful social and economic forces with cultural knowledge and substantial connections to economies and communities beyond Canada’s borders. The love of soccer is not something new in Montreal and in 2010 an MLS franchise was awarded to Montreal and began play in the 2012 season with International players such as Ivorian Didier Drogba and Argentinian Ignacio Piatti.