04/26/2012 02:40 EDT | Updated 06/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadian pro clubs support Rob Newman for president of Canadian Soccer Association

TORONTO - Canada's three MLS teams and FC Edmonton have come out in support of Rob Newman for president of the Canadian Soccer Association.

Newman is running against fellow CSA vice-president Victor Montagliani and incumbent president Dominique Maestracci.

The election is part of the CSA's annual general meeting in Ottawa on May 5.

In a joint statement, the pro clubs say Newman is committed to reforming how the sports' governing body in Canada is structured.

The statement says: "We're confident that Rob is the individual best suited to complete the required reforms, and deliver on a viable national vision for the sport."

The pro teams will have a vote in the weekend election.