|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (March 2013)|
|Full name||Montreal Impact (English)
Impact de Montréal (French)
|Head Coach||Marco Schällibaum|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|Website||Club home page|
The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Impact began playing in 2012 as MLS' 19th franchise and third Canadian club; they replaced the second division team of same name. The Impact are run by the former Impact's ownership group, led by owner Joey Saputo.
Toward the end of 2007, much speculation had been made about a possible franchise move for the lower division Impact to Major League Soccer. The construction of the expandable Saputo Stadium further suggested an interest on the part of the group to move up to the top level North American league. Although Toronto FC held a three-year Canadian exclusivity deal that did not expire until 2009, they stated in March 2008 that they would gladly welcome the Impact into MLS.[dead link] Chairman Joey Saputo held talks with George Gillett (former co-owner of Liverpool F.C. and former owner of the Montreal Canadiens) regarding possible joint ownership of a franchise. On July 24, 2008, MLS announced they were seeking to add two expansion teams for the 2011 season, of which Montreal was listed as a potential candidate.
On November 22, 2008, the group's bid for an MLS franchise was not retained by commissioner Don Garber. In response to Vancouver's successful bid in March 2009, Impact GM Nick De Santis commented that he expected chairman Saputo to pursue and ultimately realize his vision of Montreal as an MLS franchise someday. By May 16, 2009, the Montreal Gazette reported Garber and Saputo had resumed talks for an expansion team to begin play in 2011.
On May 7, 2010, Garber and Saputo officially announced Montreal as the nineteenth club in Major League Soccer, set to begin play for the 2012 season. The MLS franchise is privately owned by the Saputo family.
On March 10, 2012, the Impact played their first-ever MLS game, a 2-0 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. A week later, the team made its home debut at the Olympic Stadium, playing to a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire; the match attracted 58,912 spectators, surpassing the previous record for professional soccer in Montreal established in a 1981 Montreal Manic home game (58,542). On May 12, 2012, the Impact played in front of a crowd of 60,860 spectators during a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, establishing a record attendance for a professional soccer match in Canada.
Team name and logo 
In regards to keeping the name "Impact", Montreal stated its intention "to maintain its name and global team image". The official logo for the team was revealed at the start of a match between the NASL Montreal Impact team and the NSC Minnesota Stars on August 6, 2011.
The logo is a shield in blue, black, white and silver containing a stylized fleur-de-lis and four silver stars, overlaid with the Impact wordmark. The fleur-de-lis, which also appeared on the logo of the NASL Impact team, is a globally recognized symbol of French heritage, and features prominently on the flag of Quebec as a reflection of Québécois culture. The four stars represent the four founding communities of Montreal identified on the city's coat of arms.
Club Culture 
Supporters Group 
Impact's main supporters group is called Ultras Montréal, also known as UM02, and was founded in 2002. The group occupy section 132 of the Saputo Stadium and are easily recognizable by their banners and loud chantings during games. UM02 also follows the Impact on occasional away games.
127 Montréal was formed in 2011. As their name states, the group is located in section 127 of the Saputo Stadium. While being less active in the stands, the group organizes friendly soccer games, viewing parties and tailgating events. 127 Montréal also follows the Impact on occasional away games.
Montreal Impact Supporters Association was created in 2011 to better facilitate the relations between the Club and the Supporters Groups, to promote the supporters culture, and to help with the financing of different supporter group initiatives.
Montreal Impact's biggest rival is Toronto FC due to Canada's two largest cities having shared multiple rivalries both in and out of sport. Montreal and Toronto professional soccer teams have competed against each other for over 40 years. From the original NASL, as well as the Canadian Soccer League and the A-League, the rivalry has continued throughout various leagues they have played up until the past few years where both cities would still regularly meet for the Canadian Championships. Now that both teams are in MLS, the rivalry has intensified.
Montreal Impact Academy 
Montreal Impact Academy is the youth academy and development system of the Montreal Impact and was established in 2010. The academy currently consists of various teams, from U21 and U18 and U16. The U21 team competes in the Canadian Soccer League, the third tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid.
Montreal play its home games at Saputo Stadium, built for the second division Impact but designed with expansion in mind anticipating a move to MLS. The Quebec government announced $23 million funding to expand to more than 20,000 and to build a training field with a synthetic turf next door.
The Impact had hoped Saputo Stadium expansion would be finished in time for the start of the 2012 MLS season, but it was announced on July 17, 2011 that the expansion would be delayed. As a consequence, the neighboring Olympic Stadium was used for the Impact's first six home dates (5 MLS Regular Season, 1 Canadian Championship) The Impact's first MLS game at Saputo Stadium was played on June 16, 2012, a 4-1 win over Seattle.
Though Saputo Stadium serves as the Impact's regular home, Olympic Stadium will also be used for special events which demand a larger capacity or more favourable playing conditions (e.g. the team's home opener, the MLS All-Star Game, playoff games, or fall/winter international games).
Home stadium 
Other stadiums 
- Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec (2012: 5 MLS games and 1 Canadian Championship, 2013: 2 MLS games)
TVA Sports serves as the official French-language broadcaster of all Impact games not broadcast as a part of MLS' contract with the TSN family of networks (which includes French-language sports channel RDS). TVA Sports aired 24 games during the team's inaugural season.
CJAD 800 serves as the English-language radio flagship of the Impact. CJAD sports director Rick Moffat along with Abe Hefter will handle the colour commentary along with analysis from former Montreal Impact player Grant Needham.
Players and staff 
Current roster 
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of December 12, 2012.
Out on loan 
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 26, 2013.
|3||Defender||Zarek Valentin (on loan to Bodø/Glimt)||United States|
Reserve team players 
|—||Forward||Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact Academy)||Canada|
|—||Defender||Amine Meftouh (Montreal Impact Academy)||Canada|
|—||Midfielder||Felix Cardin (Montreal Impact Academy)||Canada|
|—||Midfielder||Kevin Luarca (Montreal Impact Academy)||Canada|
|—||Midfielder||Zakaria Messoudi (Montreal Impact Academy)||Canada|
Notable former players 
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
- See also: All-time Montreal Impact (MLS) roster
Retired numbers 
- Sporting Director — Nick De Santis
- Director of Soccer operations — Matt Jordan
- Director, Montreal Impact Academy — Philippe Eullaffroy
- Head Coach — Marco Schällibaum
- Assistant Coach — Mauro Biello
- Assistant Coach — Philippe Eullaffroy 
- Goalkeeping Coach — Youssef Dahha
- Physical Preparation Coach — Paolo Pacione
- Team Manager — Adam Braz
- Team Administrator — Daniel Pozzi
- Equipment Coordinator — Remy Eyckerman
- Equipment Manager — Aldo Ricciuti
- Players Service — Bradley Adam Smith
Administration staff 
- Executive VP of the Impact and the Saputo Stadium — Richard Legendre
Head coaching history 
- Jesse Marsch (Oct 2011–Nov 2012)
- Mauro Biello (Nov 2012-Jan 2013) (interim)
- Marco Schällibaum (Jan 2013-)
- Minor trophies
- Winners (1): 2013
|Year||MLS Regular season||Position||MLS Cup
|2012||34||12||16||6||45||51||42||7th||12th||Did not qualify||Semi-Finals||Did not qualify||Patrice Bernier||9|
Note: Only MLS regular season goals counted
Top goalscorers 
|1||Forward||Marco Di Vaio||Italy||2012–||11||–||2||–||13|
|5||Midfielder||Davy Arnaud||United States||2012–||5||–||0||–||5|
|Forward||Andrew Wenger||United States||2012–||4||–||1||–||5|
|Midfielder||Justin Mapp||United States||2012-||4||–||1||–||5|
|9||Midfielder||Lamar Neagle||United States||2012||2||–||0||–||2|
|Midfielder||Siniša Ubiparipović||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2012-||2||–||0||–||2|
Top Assists 
|3||Midfielder||Justin Mapp||United States||2012–||7||–||1||–||8|
|4||Forward||Marco Di Vaio||Italy||2012–||3||–||2||–||5|
|5||Midfielder||Davy Arnaud||United States||2012–||4||–||0||–||4|
|6||Defender||Jeb Brovsky||United States||2012–||3||–||0||–||3|
|Midfielder||Lamar Neagle||United States||2012||2||–||0||–||2|
|Forward||Andrew Wenger||United States||2012-||2||–||0||–||2|
Most appearances 
|1||Midfielder||Davy Arnaud||United States||2012–||40||–||3||–||43|
|Defender||Jeb Brovsky||United States||2012–||38||–||5||–||43|
|6||Midfielder||Justin Mapp||United States||2012-||35||–||4||–||39|
|7||Midfielder||Collen Warner||United States||2012–||33||–||5||–||38|
|10||Forward||Andrew Wenger||United States||2012-||30||–||3||–||33|
Club captains 
|2012-||Davy Arnaud||United States|
Average attendance 
1:^ Club originally founded in 1992. MLS franchise granted in 2010.
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