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Montreal Impact
Montreal Impact (MLS) logo.svg
Full nameMontreal Impact (English)
Impact de Montréal (French)
Founded2010 (8 years ago) (2010)[nb 1]
StadiumSaputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
OwnerJoey Saputo
Head coachRémi Garde
LeagueMajor League Soccer
2018Eastern Conference: 7th
Overall: 15th
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec. The Impact 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 América. The Impact had won the Canadian Championship in 2013 and 2014. The club plays its home games at Saputo Stadium and is coached by Rémi Garde.


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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] By May 16, 2009, the Montreal Gazette reported Garber and Saputo had resumed talks for an expansion team to begin play in 2011.[6]

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.[7] The MLS franchise is privately owned by the Saputo family.[8]

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.[9]

On March 10, 2012, the Impact played their first MLS game, a 2–0 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[10] 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).[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] This victory also gave the Impact its 8th 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.[citation needed]. 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 CONCACAF Champions League, Montreal Impact had placed their focus in the regional tournament, consequently winning their group, advancing in the knockout stage.

2015 CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

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

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 América, 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.[citation needed]

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 Columbus Crew in their two-game conference semifinal series.


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.[14][15][16]

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.

Uniform evolution[edit]

Home, away, and alternative uniforms.

  • Home
  • Away
  • Alternative

Club culture[edit]

Supporters group[edit]

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, D.C. 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.

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 games.[17]


The official mascot of the Montreal Impact is Tac-Tik the dog.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]


Montreal Impact'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.[21]

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 June 27, 2017 (Toronto FC – Montreal Impact 2–1)

Matches Montreal wins draws Toronto wins Montreal goals Toronto goals
MLS regular season (2012-) 14 4 4 6 15 22
MLS cup playoff (2012-) 3 2 0 1 8 7
Canadian Championship (2008-) 17 3 5 10 17 27
Total Official matches 34 9 9 17 40 56


Ottawa Fury FC[edit]

Ottawa Fury FC is the affiliated club of the Montreal Impact, competing in the United Soccer League. The Impact entered into an affiliation agreement on December 9, 2016.[22] Ottawa Fury FC is owned independently of the Impact by Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, owners of the Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League and the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Impact used to own and operate their own reserve side, FC Montreal, in the USL. FC Montreal operated for the 2015 and 2016 seasons before being disbanded.

Montreal Impact Academy[edit]

Montreal Impact Academy is the youth academy and development system of the Montreal Impact, that was established in 2010. The academy 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.[23]


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

Montreal plays its home games 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.[8]

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)[24] The Impact's first MLS game at Saputo Stadium was finally played on June 16, 2012, a 4–1 win over Seattle.[25]

Though Saputo Stadium serves as the Impact'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 games, or fall/winter international games).[26]

Home stadium[edit]

Other stadiums[edit]


As of the 2017 season, TVA Sports is the exclusive French-language broadcaster of all Montreal Impact matches, as the team's regional rightsholder, and newly instated national French rightsholder.[27][28] TVA Sports aired 24 games during the team's inaugural season, with play by play duties currently held by Fréderic Lord and colour commentary provided by Vincent Destouches.[28] English-language coverage of most Impact games (particularly those against Canadian opponents) is broadcast by TSN as part of its national MLS rights deal, and separate rights to Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.[28] The Impact do not have a separate English-language rights deal for the games not covered by TSN's other rights packages. Some Impact games were previously televised in French by Réseau des sports before it lost the French national rights to TVA Sports.

CHMP-FM has served as the Impact's French-language radio flagship since 2015,[29] with Jeremy Filosa on play-by-play and analyst Arcadio Marcuzzi.[citation needed] CKGM serves as the English-language radio flagship of the Impact.[30] Rick Moffat handles play by play duties while colour commentary is provided by former Montreal Impact player Grant Needham.

Players and staff[edit]

For details on former players, see All-time Montreal Impact roster.

Current roster[edit]

As of December 5, 2018[31]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Evan Bush  United States
2 Defender Victor Cabrera  Argentina
3 Defender Daniel Lovitz  United States
4 Defender Rudy Camacho  France
5 Defender Zakaria Diallo  France
6 Midfielder Samuel Piette  Canada
8 Midfielder Saphir Taïder (DP)  Algeria
9 Midfielder Alejandro Silva  Uruguay
10 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti (DP)  Argentina
11 Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel (HGP)  Canada
13 Midfielder Ken Krolicki  Japan
16 Midfielder Jeisson Vargas  Chile
18 Defender Chris Duvall  United States
21 Forward Matteo Mancosu  Italy
22 Defender Jukka Raitala  Finland
23 Goalkeeper Clément Diop  Senegal
24 Defender Michael Petrasso  Canada
28 Midfielder Shamit Shome (GA)  Canada
29 Midfielder Mathieu Choinière (HGP)  Canada
30 Forward Quincy Amarikwa  United States
32 Midfielder Micheal Azira  Uganda
40 Goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu (HGP)  Canada
41 Goalkeeper James Pantemis (HGP)  Canada
Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau (HGP)  Canada
Defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguère (HGP)  Canada
Defender Clément Bayiha (HGP)  Canada
Defender Daniel Kinumbe (HGP)  Canada
Forward Harry Novillo  Martinique

Retired numbers[edit]

12 - Club Supporters (the 12th Man)
20 - Mauro Biello, forward (1993–98, 2000–09)


Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach records[edit]

As of November 17, 2018[citation needed]
Coach Nation Tenure Record1
G W L T Win %
Jesse Marsch  United States October 1, 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 34 23 038.71
Rémi Garde  France November 8, 2017 – present 36 15 17 4 041.67



CONCACAF Champions League


Canadian Championship

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


CapCity Cup

  • Winners (1): 2018 CapCity Cup|2018[32]

Team records[edit]


Season MLS regular season Position MLS Cup
Avg. League
Record High
Record Low
GP W L D GF GA Pts Conf. Overall
2012 34 12 16 6 45 51 42 7th 12th DNQ Semi-Finals DNQ 22,772 60,860 12,085
2013 34 14 13 7 50 49 49 5th 11th Knockout Round Champions Group Stage 20,603 37,896 14,578
2014 34 6 18 10 38 58 28 10th 19th DNQ Champions Final 17,557 27,207 13,916
2015 34 15 13 6 48 44 51 3rd 7th Conference Semifinal Final DNQ 17,750 25,245 10,035
2016 34 11 11 12 49 53 45 5th 11th Conference Final Semi-Finals DNQ 20,669 27,545 16,318
2017 34 11 17 6 52 58 39 9th 17th DNQ Final DNQ 20,046 34,373 16,005
2018 34 14 16 4 47 53 46 7th 15th DNQ Semi-Finals DNQ 18,574 26,005 15,485

Note: Only MLS regular season goals counted
DNQ = Did Not Qualify

All-time continental competition win/loss[edit]

As of April 29, 2015[citation needed]
Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
Costa RicaL.D. Alajuelense 2 1 0 1 4 4 0
MexicoClub América 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2
El SalvadorC.D. FAS 2 2 0 0 4 2 2
GuatemalaHeredia 2 1 0 1 2 1 1
United StatesNew York Red Bulls 2 1 1 0 2 1 1
MexicoC.F. Pachuca 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
United StatesSan Jose Earthquakes 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2
Total 14 6 4 4 19 19 0

International results[edit]

As of April 29, 2015[citation needed]
International Results
Year Competition Club Nation Venue Result Attendance
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 12,000
2015 Champions League Pachuca  Mexico Montreal, Quebec, Canada D 1–1 38,104
2015 Champions League Alajuelense  Costa Rica Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 2–0 33,675
2015 Champions League Alajuelense  Costa Rica Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica L 2–4 ag. W 4-4 17,895
2015 Champions League Club América  Mexico Mexico City, Mexico D 1–1 56,783
2015 Champions League Club América  Mexico Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 2–4 ag. L 3-5 61,004
2016 Friendly AS Roma  Italy Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 0–2 20,801

Player records[edit]

Top appearances (MLS Regular Season games only)[edit]

As of May 14, 2018[citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career Appearances Ref
1 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012-2017 151 [33]
2 Defender Hassoun Camara  France 2012–2017 134 [34]
3 Goalkeeper Evan Bush  United States 2012– 121 [35]
4 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014- 102 [36]
5 Forward Andres Romero  Argentina 2013-2017 95 [37]

Bolded players are currently on the Montreal Impact roster.

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

As of May 6, 2018
# Pos. Name Nation Career Appearances Goals Ref
1 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014– 100 52 [36]
2 Forward Marco Di Vaio  Italy 2012–2014 76 34 [38]
3 Forward Didier Drogba  Côte d'Ivoire 2015–2016 33 21 [39]
4 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 15 [33]
5 Forward Dominic Oduro  Ghana 2015–2018 86 15 [40]

Bolded players are currently on the Montreal Impact roster.

Top Assists (MLS Regular Season games only)[edit]

As of May 6, 2018
# Pos. Name Nation Career Appearances Assists Ref
1 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014– 100 27 [36]
2 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 25 [33]
3 Midfielder Felipe  Brazil 2012–2015 93 24 [41]
4 Midfielder Justin Mapp  United States 2012–2015 82 21 [42]
5 Midfielder Marco Donadel  Italy 2014–2018 66 10 [43]

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 [44]
2013 Marco Di Vaio  Italy [45]
2014 Andrés Romero  Argentina [46]
2015 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [47]
2016 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [48]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [49]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [49]

Golden Boot[edit]

Montreal Impact's Golden Boot is awarded to the club's leading goal-scorer.

Year Name Nation Goals Ref.
2012 Patrice Bernier  Canada 9 [50]
2013 Marco Di Vaio  Italy 20 [51]
2014 Marco Di Vaio  Italy 9 [52]
2015 Didier Drogba  Côte d'Ivoire 11 [53]
2016 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 17 [54]
2017 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 17 [55]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 16 [55]

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 [56]
2016 Hassoun Camara  France [56]
2017 Daniel Lovitz  United States [56]
2018 Evan Bush  United States [56]

Club captains[edit]

Dates Name Nation Ref.
2012–2013 Davy Arnaud  USA [57]
2014–2017 Patrice Bernier  CAN [58]

Average attendance[edit]

As of October 21, 2018[citation needed]
Season MLS season MLS playoffs Canadian
Friendlies Total attendance
2012 22,772 DNQ 13,405 DNQ 19,225 419,754
2013 20,603 - 13,474 14,409 - 406,024
2014 17,557 DNQ 13,125 11,522 - 330,210
2015 17,750 17,862 12,457 44,261 - 495,162
2016 20,669 38,016 18,964 DNQ 20,801 467,162
2017 20,046 - 14,771 DNQ - 370,325
2018 18,574 TBD TBD DNQ - 315,665

DNQ = Did Not Qualify


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


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