Montreal Impact

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Montreal Impact
Impact de Montréal
Full name Montreal Impact (English)
Impact de Montréal (French)
Founded 2010[nb 1]
Stadium Saputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
Ground Capacity 20,800[1]
Owner Joey Saputo
Head Coach Mauro Biello
League Major League Soccer
2016 Eastern Conference: 5th
Overall: 11th
Playoffs: Conference Final
Website Club website
Current season

The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a Canadian soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec. It has played in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS) since 2012. The club was created in 2010 as an expansion team and was the third Canadian team to join the MLS. The old Montreal Impact of the North American Soccer League (NASL) was replaced by this team. The team's motto is "Tous Pour Gagner''. That is French for "All for victory".

The club plays its home games at the Saputo Stadium and is coached by Mauro Biello.

History[change | change source]

On March 10, 2012, the Impact played their first MLS game, which ended in a 2-0 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps.[2] The Impact won the Canadian Championship in both 2013 and 2014.

Rivalries[change | change source]

Montreal Impact's biggest rival is Toronto F.C. because of Canada's two largest cities (Toronto and Montreal) having shared multiple rivalries. Montreal and Toronto professional soccer teams have competed against each other for over 40 years. From the original North American Soccer League, as well as the Canadian Soccer League and the A-League, the rivalry has continued through many different leagues they have played up until the past few years where both cities would still occasionally meet for the Canadian Championships. Since both teams have joined MLS, the rivalry is even more intense and the matches have become a Canadian soccer classic called the 401 Derby.[3]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Club originally founded in 1992. MLS franchise granted in 2010.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Stade Saputo Expansion". Montreal Impact. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  2. Monte Stewart The Canadian Press (March 10, 2012). "Vancouver Whitecaps down Montreal Impact 2-0 in MLS season opener". Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  3. Borg, Simon. "Circle your calendars: 2014 MLS Canadian rivalry matches that will be showcased on national TV". Retrieved April 25, 2014.