|Full name||Montreal Impact (English)
Impact de Montréal (French)
|Founded||2010 [nb 1]|
|Head Coach||Mauro Biello|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2015||Eastern Conference: 3rd
Playoffs: Conference semifinal
|Website||Club home page|
The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). 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 team of the same name.
In 2015, the Impact became the second MLS club, and first Canadian club, to advance to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, in its current format since 2008, where they had finished runners up in the two game aggregate goal series against Club America. The Impact had won the Canadian Championship in both 2013 and 2014. The club plays its home games at the Saputo Stadium and is coached by Mauro Biello.
- 1 History
- 2 Team name and logo
- 3 Club culture
- 4 Youth development system
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Broadcasting
- 7 Players and staff
- 8 Management
- 9 Honours
- 10 Team records
- 11 Player records
- 12 Average attendance
- 13 Footnotes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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. 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 Vancouver Whitecaps FC. A week later, the team made its home debut at the Olympic Stadium, playing to a 1-1 tie 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 (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. 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. This victory also gave the Impact its 8th Voyageurs Cup. 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 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.. 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. With the chances of appearing in the playoffs gone and still competing in the 2014-15 edition of the CCL, Montreal Impact had placed their focus in the regional tournament, consequently winning their group, advancing in the knockout stage.
2015 CCL run
On March 3, 2015, Montreal became the first Canadian team, and only the second MLS team (after the 2013 Seattle Sounders FC) to eliminate a Liga MX side from the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage when they eliminated Pachuca on away goals. They drew the first leg 2–2 in Pachuca and drew 1–1 at home on the return leg, sending the Impact through on away goals. On April 29, 2015, Montreal became the first Canadian team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final where they lost to Club America, after a 1–1 draw at Estadio Azteca and a 4–2 loss in front of 61,004 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
In their 2015 MLS regular season campaign, Montreal finished third in the Eastern conference with 15 wins, 13 losses, and 6 ties returning to the playoffs. During the summer transfer window, the franchise acquired Didier Drogba who went on an scored 11 goals in his first 11 appearances for the club that season. In the conference knockout rounds of the playoffs, Montreal defeated Toronto FC 3-0 advancing to face Crew SC in their two-game conference semifinal series.
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. At the top of the shield the team's motto, "Tous Pour Gagner" (French for "all for victory") is inscribed.
Home, away, and alternative Kits.
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Impact's main supporters group is called Ultras Montréal, also known as UM02, and was founded in 2002. They follow the Impact on away games against New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, DC United and Toronto FC. 127 Montréal was formed in 2011 who follow the Impact on occasional away games. The 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.
The official mascot of the Montreal Impact is Tac-Tik the dog.
The North Star
The North Star is a 5 foot high, 44 inches wide, 1576 lbs. bell acquired by 1642MTL 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 October 29, 2015 (Montreal Impact - Toronto FC 3–0)
|Matches||Montreal wins||draws||Toronto wins||Montreal goals||Toronto goals|
|MLS regular season (2012-)||11||3||3||5||12||18|
|MLS cup playoff (2012-)||1||1||0||0||3||0|
|Canadian Championship (2008-)||14||3||3||8||13||20|
|Total Official matches||26||7||6||13||28||38|
Youth development system
FC Montreal is the farm club, of Montreal Impact, that was established in September 2014. FC Montreal competes in the USL Pro league, the third tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid. The team serves as the final step for Impact academy and development players, giving them the opportunity to play at a professional level before they transition into joining MLS.
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 U8 to U23. The U23 team competes in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid and the U18 and U16 teams both compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
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 neighbouring 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).
- 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.
TSN 690 serves as the English-language radio flagship of the Impact. Rick Moffat and Brian Wilde will share play by play duties while colour commentary will come from former Montreal Impact player Grant Needham. TSN 690's contract run's until the end of the 2016 season, with an option for the 2017 season.
Players and staff
- For details on former players, see All-time Montreal Impact roster.
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of July 29, 2016.
Out on loan
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.
|17||Forward||Romario Williams (GA; on loan to Charleston Battery)||Jamaica|
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- Technical Director — Adam Braz
- Director, Montreal Impact Academy — Philippe Eullaffroy
- Head coach — Mauro Biello
- Assistant coach — Jason DiTullio
- Assistant coach — Wilfried Nancy
- Goalkeeping coach — Youssef Dahha
- Executive VP of the Impact —Richard Legendre
- Chief revenue officer — Marc Bourassa
- Chief strategic officer — André Côté
- Chief marketing officer — Hugues Léger
- Chief financial officer — Sylvie Desrochers
Head coaches records
- As of May 7, 2016 
|Nick De Santis (interim)||Canada||June 28, 2011||September 30, 2011|
|Jesse Marsch||United States||October 1, 2011||November 3, 2012||36||12||17||7||33.33|
|Mauro Biello (interim)||Canada||November 5, 2012||January 6, 2013|
|Marco Schällibaum||Switzerland||January 7, 2013||December 18, 2013||43||17||17||9||39.53|
|Frank Klopas||United States||December 18, 2013||August 30, 2015||83||25||31||27||30.12|
|Mauro Biello (interim)||Canada||August 30, 2015||November 13, 2015||14||9||2||3||64.29|
|Mauro Biello||Canada||November 13, 2015||present||16||6||4||6||37.50|
- CONCACAF Champions League
- Runners Up : 2014–15
- Canadian Championship
- Minor trophies
- Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic
- Winners: 2013
|Season||MLS regular season||Position||MLS Cup
|2013||34||14||13||7||50||49||49||5th||11th||Knockout Round||Champions||Group Stage||20,603||37,896||14,578|
Note: Only MLS regular season goals counted
DNQ = Did Not Qualify
All-time continental competition win/loss
- As of April 29, 2015 
|New York Red Bulls||2||1||1||0||2||1||1|
|San Jose Earthquakes||2||1||0||1||1||3||-2|
- As of April 29, 2015 
|2012||Pre-season Friendly||C.D. Guadalajara||Mexico||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||D 0–0|
|2012||Pre-season Friendly||Estudiantes Tecos||Mexico||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||W 1–0|
|2012||Pre-season Friendly||ITESO||Mexico||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||W 7–0|
|2012||Pre-season Friendly||Club Atlas||Mexico||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||D 1–1|
|2012||Pre-season Friendly||BK Häcken||Sweden||Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States||W 1–0|
|2012||Friendly||Olympique Lyonnais||France||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||L 1–2 (P.K.)||19,225|
|2012||Post-season Friendly||Bologna F.C. 1909||Italy||Bologna, Italy||L 0–1||1,839|
|2012||Post-season Friendly||ACF Fiorentina Primavera||Italy||Florence, Italy||W 4–1|
|2012||Post-season Friendly||ACF Fiorentina||Italy||Florence, Italy||W 1–0|
|2013||Champions League||San Jose Earthquakes||United States||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||W 1–0||15,115|
|2013||Champions League||Heredia||Guatemala||Guatemala City, Guatemala||L 0–1|
|2013||Champions League||San Jose Earthquakes||United States||Santa Clara, California, United States||L 0–3||6,128|
|2013||Champions League||Heredia||Guatemala||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||W 2–0||13,703|
|2014||Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic||Fluminense FC U23||Brazil||Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States||W 1–0|
|2014||Champions League||C.D. FAS||El Salvador||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||W 1–0||9,209|
|2014||Champions League||C.D. FAS||El Salvador||San Salvador, El Salvador||W 3–2|
|2014||Champions League||New York Red Bulls||United States||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||W 1–0|
|2014||Champions League||New York Red Bulls||United States||Harrison, New Jersey, United States||D 1–1|
|2015||Pre-season Friendly||Cruz Azul||Mexico||Mexico City, Mexico||L 0–1|
|2015||Pre-season Friendly||Cruz Azul||Mexico||Mexico City, Mexico||W 1–0|
|2015||Pre-season Friendly||Cuautla FC||Mexico||Mexico City, Mexico||W 6–0|
|2015||Champions League||Pachuca||Mexico||Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico||D 2–2|
|2015||Champions League||Pachuca||Mexico||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||D 1–1|
|2015||Champions League||Alajuelense||Costa Rica||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||W 2–0|
|2015||Champions League||Alajuelense||Costa Rica||Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica||L 2–4 ag. W 4-4|
|2015||Champions League||Club América||Mexico||Mexico City, Mexico||D 1–1|
|2015||Champions League||Club América||Mexico||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||L 2–4 ag. L 3-5|
|2016||Friendly||AS Roma||Italy||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||L 0–2||20,801|
- As of September 18, 2016 
|1||Forward||Di Vaio, MarcoMarco Di Vaio||Italy||2012–2014||34||–||2||4||40|
|2||Midfielder||Piatti, IgnacioIgnacio Piatti||Argentina||2014–||27||1||–||2||30|
|3||Forward||Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba||Ivory Coast||2015–||21||1||1||–||23|
|4||Forward||McInerney, JackJack McInerney||United States||2014–2015||11||–||4||3||18|
|5||Midfielder||Bernier, PatricePatrice Bernier||Canada||2012–||13||2||1||–||16|
|Forward||Romero, AndresAndres Romero||Argentina||2013–||12||–||1||3||16|
|8||Forward||Oduro, DominicDominic Oduro||Ghana||2015–||12||–||1||–||13|
|9||Defender||Camara, HassounHassoun Camara||France||2012–||7||–||1||1||9|
|10||Midfielder||Duka, DillyDilly Duka||United States||2014–2015||5||1||–||2||8|
|Midfielder||Nyassi, SannaSanna Nyassi||Gambia||2012–2014||8||–||–||–||8|
|Forward||Wenger, AndrewAndrew Wenger||United States||2012–2014||6||–||1||1||8|
- As of August 28, 2016 
|1||Midfielder||Mapp, JustinJustin Mapp||United States||2012–2015||21||–||5||–||26|
|2||Midfielder||Bernier, PatricePatrice Bernier||Canada||2012–||21||1||2||1||25|
|4||Midfielder||Piatti, IgnacioIgnacio Piatti||Argentina||2014–||14||1||–||5||20|
|5||Forward||Di Vaio, MarcoMarco Di Vaio||Italy||2012–2014||9||–||2||1||12|
|6||Midfielder||Donadel, MarcoMarco Donadel||Italy||2015–||8||1||1||1||11|
|7||Forward||Oduro, DominicDominic Oduro||Ghana||2015–||6||–||–||4||10|
|Forward||Romero, AndrésAndrés Romero||Argentina||2013–||9||–||–||1||10|
|9||Midfielder||Arnaud, DavyDavy Arnaud||United States||2012–2013||8||–||–||–||8|
|Defender||Camara, HassounHassoun Camara||France||2012–||8||–||–||–||8|
|Midfielder||Mallace, CalumCalum Mallace||Scotland||2012–||6||–||1||1||8|
- As of September 18, 2016 
|1||Midfielder||Bernier, PatricePatrice Bernier||Canada||2012–||120||3||12||9||144|
|2||Defender||Camara, HassounHassoun Camara||France||2012–||113||2||11||9||135|
|Forward||Romero, AndrésAndrés Romero||Argentina||2013–||86||1||11||9||107|
|5||Midfielder||Mapp, JustinJustin Mapp||United States||2012–2015||82||1||10||6||99|
|6||Goalkeeper||Bush, EvanEvan Bush||United States||2012–||74||3||8||13||98|
|7||Defender||Ferrari, MatteoMatteo Ferrari||Italy||2012–2014||81||1||4||6||92|
|8||Forward||Di Vaio, MarcoMarco Di Vaio||Italy||2012–2014||76||1||5||6||88|
|Midfielder||Mallace, CalumCalum Mallace||Scotland||2012–||69||3||7||9||88|
|10||Defender||Brovsky, JebJeb Brovsky||United States||2012–2014||65||1||7||3||76|
- As of August 28, 2016 
|1||Bush, EvanEvan Bush||United States||2012–||17||1||3||5||26|
|2||Perkins, TroyTroy Perkins||United States||2012–2014||17||–||–||–||17|
|3||Ricketts, DonovanDonovan Ricketts||Jamaica||2012||3||–||1||–||4|
|4||Kronberg, EricEric Kronberg||United States||2015–||–||–||2||–||2|
Giuseppe Saputo trophy
The Giuseppe Saputo trophy is awarded to the team's Most Valuable Player.
|2013||Marco Di Vaio||Italy|||
|2012||Bernier, PatricePatrice Bernier||Canada||9|||
|2013||Di Vaio, MarcoMarco Di Vaio||Italy||20|||
|2014||Di Vaio, MarcoMarco Di Vaio||Italy||9|||
|2015||Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba||Ivory Coast||11|||
Note: Only MLS regular season goals count.
|2012-2013||Davy Arnaud||United States|||
- As of September 18, 2016 
|Season||MLS season||MLS playoffs||Canadian
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