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CF Montréal
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Full nameClub de Foot Montréal
FoundedMay 7, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-05-07)[nb 1]
StadiumSaputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec (2012–present)
DRV PNK Stadium[nb 2]
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2021)
Capacity19,619[3]
OwnerJoey Saputo
PresidentKevin Gilmore
Head coachWilfried Nancy
LeagueMajor League Soccer
2020Eastern Conference: 9th
Overall: 18th
Playoffs: Play-in round
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club de Foot Montréal, or simply CF Montréal, is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Montreal. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. Founded in 2010 as the Montreal Impact, the team began play in 2012 as an expansion team of the league, being the league's third Canadian club, and replaced the North American Soccer League Montreal Impact. The club rebranded to its current name in 2021.

In 2015, the Montreal Impact became the second MLS club, and first Canadian club, to advance to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, in its current name since 2008, where they finished runners-up in the two-game aggregate goal series against Club América. The Impact won the Canadian Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2019. The club plays its home matches at Saputo Stadium and is coached by Wilfried Nancy.

History[edit]

Background and foundation[edit]

Crest used while the team was named the Montreal Impact (2012–2020)
Montreal Impact pre-game lineup photo, 2013

Toward the end of 2007, much speculation had been made about a possible franchise move for the lower division Impact to Major League Soccer (MLS). 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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 realize his vision of Montreal as an MLS franchise someday.[7] By May 16, 2009, the Montreal Gazette reported Garber and Saputo had resumed talks for an expansion team to begin play in 2011.[8]

On May 7, 2010, Garber and Saputo announced Montreal as the nineteenth club in Major League Soccer, set to begin play for the 2012 season.[9] The MLS franchise is privately owned by the Saputo family.[10]

On June 14, 2011, the Montreal Impact announced a five-year agreement with the Bank of Montreal to become their lead sponsor and jersey sponsor in MLS.[11]

First seasons and Champions League Final[edit]

On March 10, 2012, the Impact played their first MLS game, a 2–0 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[12] A week later, the team made its home debut at the Olympic Stadium, playing to in a 1–1 draw with 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 against the Chicago Sting (58,542).[13] 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.[14] In the 2012 regular season, Montreal had finished in seventh in the Eastern conference with a record of 12 wins, 16 losses, and 6 ties.

On February 23, 2013, Montreal won the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, beating Columbus Crew 1–0 in the final during their pre-season campaign. Montreal Impact also have won the 2013 Canadian Championship on May 29, being their first major trophy as an expansion team in MLS, second in the club's existence.[15] This victory also gave Montreal its eighth Voyageurs Cup.[citation needed] In the 2013 MLS season, they had finished the regular season with a record of 14 wins, 13 losses, and 7 ties. Montreal Impact earned their first-ever berth in the playoffs by clinching fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. During the playoffs, Montreal were eliminated by the Houston Dynamo in the knockout round. By being champions of the 2013 Canadian Championship, Montreal earned their first-ever berth as an MLS expansion team for the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League.

In 2014, the Impact became repeated champions of the Voyageurs Cup by beating Toronto FC in the 2014 Canadian Championship final on June 4, 2014.[16] In the 2014 MLS season, Montreal Impact finished their season with a 6–18–10 (W-L-D) record being the worst team in MLS that season, being last in both Eastern conference and overall in the league.

In the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, Montreal Impact won a group against the New York Red Bulls and FAS of El Salvador.[17] They then won on the away goals rule against Pachuca of Mexico in the quarter-finals,[18] and Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the semi-finals.[19] In the final against Club América, the team lost 5–3 on aggregate despite drawing the first game 1–1 in Mexico City.[20]

2015–present[edit]

In 2015, head coach Frank Klopas was fired in August and replaced on an interim basis by former Impact player Mauro Biello. After qualifying for the playoffs, where they beat Toronto in the first round before elimination in the Conference semi-finals by Columbus, he was hired permanently.[21] The team was also boosted mid-season by the arrival of Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba, formerly of Chelsea.[21]

The Impact played the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League final before of a record 61,004

Biello was dismissed by Saputo in October 2017 for missing the playoffs.[22] His successor was Rémi Garde, formerly of Aston Villa.[23] After Garde lost his job in August 2019, Colombian Wilmer Cabrera took over on an interim basis; during his two months in charge, the team won the 2019 Canadian Championship against Toronto.[24]

In November 2019, former France international Thierry Henry signed a two-year deal to coach the Impact.[25] In his first season, the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but were eliminated 2–1 by the New England Revolution in the first round.[26] In the same year, a first Champions League campaign since the 2015 final ended in the quarter-finals, with away goals elimination by C.D. Olimpia from Honduras.[27] Henry resigned in February 2021[28] and was replaced by former assistant manager Wilfried Nancy.[29]

[edit]

In regards to keeping the name "Impact" upon the move to MLS, 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.[30][31][32]

The previous logo was 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. At the top of the shield, the team's motto, "Tous Pour Gagner" (French for "all for victory") is inscribed. In 2020, the Impact unveiled a new slogan, "Passion. Fierté. Authenticité." (Passion. Pride. Authenticity.").

In January 2021, the club rebranded as Club de Foot Montréal (or CF Montreal), with Saputo saying "It's hard to let go of things you love. But here's the reality — to make an impact, we need to retire the Impact."[33] As part of the rebranding, the club unveiled a new badge and colors. The club's new official colours are Impact Black, Ice Gray, and Sacré Bleu.[34][35] The new logo features a snowflake, in homage to the emblems of the 1976 Summer Olympics and Expo 67.[33]

Uniform evolution[edit]

Home, away, and alternative uniforms.

  • Home
2012–2013
2014–2015
2016–2018
2019–2020
2021–
  • Away
2012–2014
2015–2016
2017–2019
2020–
  • Alternative
2013–2014

Club culture[edit]

Supporters group[edit]

Ultras Montréal, also known as UM02, was founded in 2002 and is CF Montréal's largest and oldest supporters group. The group's modo is "Toujours fidèles" in French and translates as "Forever faithful". The Ultras are a highly active group, known for their unwavering 90 minute chants, creating large tifos, waving flags and organizing road trips to follow the club on away games. The group is located directly behind the net, on the south-west side of Stade Saputo, in section 132 with some spillover into section 131. Smaller independent groups are also located in these sections, joining their voices to the Ultras during matches.

127 Montréal was formed in 2011 and are located in the south-west corner of Stade Saputo, in section 127. Although not an official supporters section in the stadium, the club removed several rows of seats at the bottom of section 127 to accommodate the group. The group can be identified in the stadium by a banner displaying the group`s name and crest. The crest features a snowy owl (Nyctea scandiaca), the official bird of the Province of Québec. 127 Montréal will usually join the Ultras in their chants during matches and occasionally join them on away games.

Banner for Ultras Montreal's 10th anniversary at Saputo Stadium before game between Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew on July 8, 2012

Named after the founding year of Montreal, 1642 MTL is a supporters group formed in 2015 and located in section 114 at Saputo Stadium during home matches.[36]

Mascot[edit]

The official mascot of the club is Tac-Tik the dog.[37]

The North Star[edit]

The North Star at the Olympic Stadium for the Montreal Impact's 2016 home opener

The North Star is a 5-foot (1.5 m) high, 44-inch (110 cm) wide, 1,576-pound (715 kg) bell acquired by the 1642MTL supporters group as a goal and victory celebration. It was inaugurated on October 25, 2015 by Montreal mayor Denis Coderre where it was rung twice in a Montreal Impact victory against Toronto FC.[38] Since then, numerous famous Montrealers have been invited to ring the bell such as local radio personalities Tony Marinaro and Jean-Charles Lajoie as well as Canadian soccer player Josée Bélanger and mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre.[39]

Rivalries[edit]

Montreal's biggest rival is Toronto FC because Canada's two largest cities have rivalries 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 the cities would still regularly meet for the Canadian Championships. Since both teams have joined the MLS, the rivalry has intensified and the matches have become a Canadian soccer classic which has been also named the 401 Derby.[40]

The following table lists the history of official soccer meetings in MLS and the Canadian Championship between Montreal and Toronto, updated to the most recent derby of April 19, 2021 (CF Montreal 4–2 Toronto FC).

Matches Montreal wins draws Toronto wins Montreal goals Toronto goals
MLS regular season (2012–) 26 9 4 13 32 41
MLS cup playoff (2012–) 3 2 0 1 8 7
Canadian Championship (2008–) 18 3 5 10 17 27
MLS is Back Tournament (2020) 1 0 0 1 3 4
Total Official matches 50 15 9 26 61 80

Montreal also shares a rivalry with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which stems from their pre-MLS clubs, when they were the only Canadian pro teams in the second tiers.[41][42][43]

Affiliations[edit]

CF Montréal Academy and Reserves[edit]

CF Montréal Academy is the youth academy and development system of the Montreal Impact, which was established in 2010. The academy consists of various teams, from U8 to U23. From 2010 to 2012, the academy entered a team in the Canadian Soccer League, which replaced their former reserve team Trois-Rivières Attak. In 2014, the U23 team competed in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid. In 2015 and 2016, they launched a reserve team in the United Soccer League under the name FC Montreal. Currently, they enter U18 and U16 teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.[44]

Ottawa Fury FC[edit]

Ottawa Fury FC, of the league then known as the United Soccer League and now as the USL Championship, entered into an affiliation agreement on December 9, 2016.[45] That agreement ended when the team went into hiatus and then shut down at the end of 2019. The Impact previously owned and operated their own reserve side, FC Montreal, in the USL. FC Montreal operated for the 2015 and 2016 seasons before being disbanded.

Stadium[edit]

Montreal Impact match at Saputo Stadium against New York Red Bulls on July 28, 2012

Montreal plays its home matches at Saputo Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium – with a natural grass playing surface – built in 2008 for the second division Impact but designed with expansion in mind with the club anticipating a move to MLS. The Quebec government announced $23 million in funding to expand the stadium to more than 20,000 seats as well as building a training field – with synthetic turf – next door.[10]

The Impact had hoped Saputo Stadium's expansion would be finished in time for the start of their inaugural 2012 MLS season, but it was announced on July 17, 2011, that the expansion would be delayed. As a consequence, the neighbouring Olympic Stadium was used for the Impact's first six home dates (5 MLS Regular Season, 1 Canadian Championship)[46] The Impact's first MLS game at Saputo Stadium was finally played on June 16, 2012, a 4–1 win over Seattle.[47]

Though Saputo Stadium serves as the club's primary home, Olympic Stadium is also 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 matches, or fall/winter international matches).[48]

Due to international travel bans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Montreal played their home games at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey for the 2020 season and then DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since the start of the 2021 season.[49][2]

Home stadium

Other stadiums

Broadcasting[edit]

As of the 2017 season, TVA Sports is the exclusive French-language broadcaster of all CF Montreal matches, as the team's regional rightsholder, and national French-language rightsholder of Major League Soccer.[50][51] TVA Sports aired 24 matches sduring the team's inaugural season, with play by play duties currently held by Fréderic Lord and colour commentary provided by Vincent Destouches.[51]

Montreal matches against Canadian opponents are broadcast in English by TSN as part of its rights to MLS (which covers the national package, and separate rights to Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps matches not covered by the national package).[51] CF Montreal does not have a separate English-language broadcast agreement for matches not covered by these agreements. Prior to 2017, some Impact matches were previously televised by TSN sister network RDS as part of its national rights to MLS.

CHMP 98,5 FM served as the club's French-language radio flagship from 2015 through 2020,[52] with Jeremy Filosa on play-by-play and analyst Arcadio Marcuzzi.[citation needed] On January 19, 2021, CKLX 91.9 Sports announced that it would become the club's new French-language radio flagship through 2022.[53] CKGM TSN 690 Montreal serves as the English-language radio flagship of the club.[54] Rick Moffat handles play-by-play duties while colour commentary is provided by former Montreal player Grant Needham.

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of September 10, 2021[55]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Sebastian Breza (on loan from Bologna)  Canada
2 MF Victor Wanyama (DP)  Kenya
3 DF Kamal Miller  Canada
4 DF Rudy Camacho  France
6 MF Samuel Piette  Canada
7 MF Ahmed Hamdy (on loan from El Gouna)  Egypt
8 MF Djordje Mihailovic (DP)  United States
9 FW Bjørn Johnsen  Norway
11 MF Matko Miljevic  United States
12 DF Mustafa Kizza  Uganda
13 FW Mason Toye (GA)  United States
15 DF Zachary Brault-Guillard  Canada
16 DF Joel Waterman  Canada
17 MF Ballou Tabla (HG)  Canada
18 MF Joaquín Torres (on loan from Newell's Old Boys)  Argentina
19 DF Zorhan Bassong  Canada
21 MF Lassi Lappalainen (on loan from Bologna)  Finland
22 FW Sunusi Ibrahim  Nigeria
24 DF Aljaž Struna (DP)  Slovenia
25 MF Emanuel Maciel  Argentina
26 DF Róbert Thorkelsson  Iceland
27 DF Clément Bayiha (HG)  Canada
28 MF Ismaël Koné  Ivory Coast
29 MF Mathieu Choinière (HG)  Canada
30 FW Romell Quioto  Honduras
35 MF Jean-Aniel Assi (HG)  Canada
36 MF Nathan-Dylan Saliba (HG)  Canada
38 MF Rida Zouhir (HG)  Canada
40 GK Jonathan Sirois (HG)  Canada
41 GK James Pantemis (HG)  Canada

Out on loan[edit]

No. Pos. Player Nation
33 DF Keesean Ferdinand (HG, at Atlético Ottawa)  Canada
34 MF Tomas Giraldo (HG, at FC Edmonton)  Canada
39 MF Sean Rea (HG, at Valour FC)  Canada
DF Karifa Yao (HG, at Cavalry FC)  Canada

Retired numbers[edit]

20Mauro Biello, forward (1993–98, 2000–09)

Management[edit]

As of January 28, 2019[56]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of June 4, 2021[57]

Head coach records[edit]

As of June 1, 2021[citation needed]
Coach Nation Tenure Record1
G W L T Win %
Jesse Marsch  United States August 10, 2011 – November 3, 2012 36 12 17 7 033.33
Marco Schällibaum   Switzerland January 7, 2013 – December 18, 2013 43 17 17 9 039.53
Frank Klopas  United States December 18, 2013 – August 30, 2015 83 25 31 27 030.12
Mauro Biello  Canada August 30, 2015 – October 23, 2017 93 36 35 22 038.71
Rémi Garde  France November 8, 2017 – August 21, 2019 67 28 30 9 041.79
Wílmer Cabrera  Colombia August 21, 2019 – October 24, 2019 9 3 5 1 033.33
Thierry Henry  France November 14, 2019 – February 25, 2021 29 9 16 4 031.03
Wilfried Nancy  France March 8, 2021 – 8 3 3 2 037.50

Honours[edit]

Continental[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League

Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic

National[edit]

Voyagers Cup

daggerPrior to MLS, the previous team had competed in USL and the NASL which has been recognized by the franchise.

Friendly[edit]

CapCity Cup

Team records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by CF Montréal. For the full season-by-season history, see List of CF Montréal seasons.

Season League Position Playoffs CC Continental / Other Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts PPG Conf. Overall Name(s) Goals
2015 1 MLS 34 15 13 6 48 44 +4 51 1.50 3rd 7th SF RU CONCACAF Champions League RU 17,750
2016 MLS 34 11 11 12 49 53 −4 45 1.32 5th 11th SF SF DNQ 20,669 Argentina Ignacio Piatti 21
2017 MLS 34 11 17 6 52 58 −6 39 1.15 9th 17th DNQ RU 20,046 Argentina Ignacio Piatti 19
2018 MLS 34 14 16 4 47 53 −6 46 1.35 7th 15th SF 18,569 Argentina Ignacio Piatti 16
2019 MLS 34 12 17 5 47 60 –13 41 1.21 9th 18th W 16,171 Algeria Saphir Taïder 10
2020 MLS 23 8 13 2 33 43 −10 26 1.13 9th 18th PR DNQ CONCACAF Champions League
MLS is Back Tournament
QF
Ro16
5,439 Honduras Romell Quioto 10

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, Playoffs, Canadian Championship, MLS is Back Tournament, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.

All-time continental competition win/loss[edit]

As of December 15, 2020[citation needed]
Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
Costa Rica Alajuelense 2 1 0 1 4 4 0
Mexico América 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2
El Salvador FAS 2 2 0 0 4 2 2
Guatemala Heredia 2 1 0 1 2 1 1
United States New York Red Bulls 2 1 1 0 2 1 1
Honduras Olimpia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
Mexico Pachuca 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
United States San Jose Earthquakes 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2
Costa Rica Saprissa 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
Total 18 7 6 5 23 23 0

International results[edit]

As of December 15, 2020[citation needed]
International results
Year Competition Club Nation Venue Result Attendance
2012 Pre-season Friendly Guadalajara  Mexico Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico D 0–0
Tecos W 1–0
ITESO W 7–0
Atlas D 1–1
BK Häcken  Sweden Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States W 1–0
Friendly Lyon  France Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 1–2 (pen.) 19,225
Post-season Friendly Bologna  Italy Bologna, Italy L 0–1 1,839
Fiorentina Primavera Florence, Italy W 4–1
Fiorentina W 1–0
2013 Champions League San Jose Earthquakes  United States Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 1–0 15,115
Heredia  Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala L 0–1
San Jose Earthquakes  United States Santa Clara, California, United States L 0–3 6,128
Heredia  Guatemala Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 2–0 13,703
2014 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic Fluminese U23  Brazil Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States W 1–0
Champions League FAS  El Salvador Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 1–0 9,209
San Salvador, El Salvador W 3–2
New York Red Bulls  United States Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 1–0
Harrison, New Jersey, United States D 1–1
2015 Pre-season Friendly Cruz Azul  Mexico Mexico City, Mexico L 0–1
W 1–0
Cuautla W 6–0
Champions League Pachuca  Mexico Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico D 2–2 12,000
Montreal, Quebec, Canada D 1–1, W 3–3 agg. (a) 38,104
Alajuelense  Costa Rica W 2–0 33,675
Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica L 2–4, W 4–4 agg. 17,895
América  Mexico Mexico City, Mexico D 1–1 56,783
Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 2–4, L 3–5 agg. 61,004
2016 Friendly Roma  Italy Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 0–2 20,801
2020 Champions League Saprissa  Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica D 2–2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada D 0–0, W 2–2 agg. (a) 21,505
Olimpia  Honduras Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 1–2
Orlando, Florida, United States W 1–0, L 2–2 agg. (a) 0

Player records[edit]

Top appearances (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of July 5, 2021
# Pos. Name Nation Career Appearances Ref
1 Goalkeeper Evan Bush  United States 2012–2020 176 [59]
2 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 [60]
3 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014–2019 135 [61]
4 Defender Hassoun Camara  France 2012–2017 134 [62]
5 Midfielder Samuel Piette  Canada 2017– 100 [63]

Bolded players are currently on the Montreal Impact roster.

Top goalscorers (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of October 19, 2020
# Pos. Name Nation Career Appearances Goals Ref
1 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014–2019 135 66 [61]
2 Forward Marco Di Vaio  Italy 2012–2014 76 34 [64]
3 Forward Didier Drogba  Côte d'Ivoire 2015–2016 33 21 [65]
4 Midfielder Saphir Taïder  Algeria 2018–2020 76 20 [66]
T5 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 15 [60]
T5 Forward Dominic Oduro  Ghana 2015–2018 89 15 [67]
T5 Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel  Canada 2014–2020 77 15 [68]

Bolded players are currently on the Montreal Impact roster.

Top assists (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of October 19, 2020
# Pos. Name Nation Career Appearances Assists Ref
1 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014–2019 135 35 [61]
2 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 25 [60]
3 Midfielder Felipe  Brazil 2012–2015 93 24 [69]
T4 Midfielder Justin Mapp  United States 2012–2015 82 21 [70]
T4 Midfielder Saphir Taïder  Algeria 2018–2020 76 21 [66]

Bolded players are currently on the Montreal Impact roster.

Giuseppe Saputo Trophy[edit]

The Giuseppe Saputo Trophy is awarded to the club's Most Valuable Player.

Year Name Nation Ref.
2012 Patrice Bernier  Canada [71]
2013 Marco Di Vaio  Italy [72]
2014 Andrés Romero  Argentina [73]
2015 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [74]
2016 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [75]
2017 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [76]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [77]
2019 Orji Okwonkwo  Nigeria [78]
2020 Romell Quioto  Honduras [79]

Golden Boot[edit]

CF Montréal's Golden Boot is awarded to the club's leading goal-scorer.

Year Name Nation Goals Ref.
2012 Patrice Bernier  Canada 9 [80]
2013 Marco Di Vaio  Italy 20 [81]
2014 Marco Di Vaio  Italy 9 [82]
2015 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 11 [83]
2016 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 17 [84]
2017 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 17 [85]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 16 [85]
2019 Saphir Taïder  Algeria 9 [85]
2020 Romell Quioto  Honduras 8 [85]

Note: Only MLS regular season goals count.

Defensive player of the year[edit]

Awarded to the club's best defender.

Year Name Nation Ref.
2015 Laurent Ciman  Belgium [86]
2016 Hassoun Camara  France [87]
2017 Daniel Lovitz  United States [87]
2018 Evan Bush  United States [87]
2019 Bacary Sagna  France [87]
2020 Luis Binks  England [87]

Club captains[edit]

Dates Name Nation Ref.
2012–2013 Davy Arnaud  USA [88]
2014–2017 Patrice Bernier  CAN [89]
2018–2019 Ignacio Piatti  ARG [90]
2020 Jukka Raitala  FIN [91]
2021 Samuel Piette  CAN [92]
2021 Victor Wanyama  KEN [92]
2021 Kamal Miller  CAN [92]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Club founded in 1992 as Montreal Impact. MLS franchise granted in 2010.[1]
  2. ^ As a result of COVID-19 cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, CF Montréal is temporarily playing in home matches at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[2]

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