Montreal Impact Academy

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Full name Montreal Impact Academy
Nickname(s) L'Impact
Founded 2010
Ground Saputo Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
Ground Capacity 20 341
Owner Joey Saputo
Head Coach Philippe Eullaffroy
League Canadian Soccer League (2012)
Exhibition season (2013)
2012 Regular season: 2nd
Playoffs: Runners up
Website Club website

Montreal Impact Academy (French: L'Academie De L'Impact De Montreal) is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 2010, their U-23 team is currently playing in the USL Premier Development League. They serve as the Academy to their parent club Montreal Impact.


The club was founded in 2010 by Montreal Impact after Trois-Rivières Attak decided to take a sabbatical for the 2010 season. Attak owner Tony Iannitto waived his players rights and opened his territory for the benefit of the Impact Academy. Montreal repatriated all the players and coaching staff from Trois-Rivieres to form the Academy while the Attak decided to sit out the 2010 season for undisclosed reasons.[1] Head Coach Philippe Eullaffroy recruited several promising players like Karl Ouimette, Maxim Tissot, Maxime Crépeau, Alessandro Riggi, Valentin Radevich, Kevin Cossette, Kevin Luarca, Mircea Ilcu, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel.[2][3]Saputo Stadium served as their first home venue.

Logo from 2010 and 2011 before the senior team entered MLS

The club made its debut on May 15, 2010 in a match against Milltown F.C.which ended in a 0-0 draw.[4] In their debut season in the CSL, Montreal finished ninth in the standings missing the final postseason berth by two points.[5] For the 2011 season notable academy graduates were Wandrille Lefèvre, Zakaria Messoudi, Victor N'Diaye, Philippe Lincourt-Joseph, and Jonathan Vallée.[6] In their second season Montreal clinch their first postseason berth by finishing sixth in the standings, and finished with the fourth best offensive record within the league. Their opponents in the quarterfinals were Capital City F.C., where in the first match the Impact tied Ottawa to a 1-1 draw with a goal from Lefèvre.[7] In the second leg of the series Montreal suffered a 2-1 defeat with Luarca recording the lone Montreal goal, which eliminated Montreal from playoffs by a score of 3-2 on goals on aggregate.[8]

In 2012, Yacine Ait-Slimane, Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé, and Stefan Vukovic were some of the notable alumni that played with Montreal.[9] During the season Montreal achieved a nine-game undefeated streak, and recorded a franchise milestone by finishing as runners up in the standings with the second best offensive and third best defensive record.[10][11] In the first round of the playoffs the team faced TFC Academy, and secured a 2-0 victory with both goals coming from Ilcu.[12] In the next round the Impact faced the York Region Shooters, and advanced to the CSL Championship finals by defeating York Region by a score of 3-1 with Lefevre, and Ait-Slimane contributing the goals.[13] Their opponents in the finals were Toronto Croatia, but unfortunately Montreal fell short by a 1-0 defeat.[14][15][16] At the CSL awards ceremony Tissot received the CSL Defender of the Year award.[17][18]

In 2013, head coach Eullaffroy was promoted to the senior team as an assistant coach. After the De-sanctioning of the CSL by the CSA the club left the league.[19] In 2013-14 the U-17/18 team played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.[20] In 2014, the Academy joined the USL Premier Development League.[21]


Current U-19 roster[edit]

as of May 2, 2018.[22]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Jordan Tisseur
2 Canada DF Daniel Kinumbe
3 Canada DF Marques Antoine
4 Tunisia DF Arselene Firas Ben Khalifa
5 Canada DF Karifa Yao
6 Canada DF Chrisnovic N'Sa
7 Canada MF Protais Mutambala
8 Canada MF Mathieu Choiniere
12 Cameroon MF Clement Bahiya
14 Canada DF Shawn Zachary Rojas
15 Canada MF Daniel Pacella
No. Position Player
16 Canada MF Tristano Fasulo
17 Canada FW Vincent Lamy
18 Canada MF Luca Piccioli
19 Canada FW Mikale Fontaine
21 Canada DF Raphael Garcia
22 Canada GK William Vandal
23 Venezuela DF Brandon Garcia Luna
24 Canada MF Tristan Resendes
25 Canada DF Yohan Le Bourhis
Canada MF Jean-Arnaud Tano



Executive Vice President

Vice President

  • John Di Terlizzi

Technical Director

Head Coach

  • France Philippe Eullaffroy

Assistant Coach

  • Canada Nicolas Gagnon


Outdoor Team[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2010[23] 1 Canadian Soccer League 9th DNQ
2011[24] 1 Canadian Soccer League 6th Quarter-finals
2012[25] 1 Canadian Soccer League 2nd Runners up


The Academy currently plays its home games at Saputo Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium which opened in May 2008. As the name suggests, the stadium was funded privately (mainly by the Saputo family). Seating 20,341 supporters, Saputo Stadium is located just east of Olympic Stadium in the city's east end. Currently the seating is restricted just to the north grand stand.

  • CS St Jean De Vianney (2012-)

Notable players[edit]


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  2. ^ "Canadian Soccer League". 2011-02-28. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Impact de Montréal - Site officiel / Montreal Impact - Official Site". 2010-10-12. Archived from the original on October 12, 2010. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  4. ^ "May 16, 2010 CSL Review of Saturday's games (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  5. ^ "October 13th, 2010--Canadian Soccer League First Division Week 23". Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Impact de Montréal / Montreal Impact". 2011-08-16. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  7. ^ "October 8, 2011 CSL--details of Saturday games (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  8. ^ "October 16, 2011 CSL--details of Sunday's Quarterfinal games (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Soccer League". 2012-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  10. ^ "December 20, 2012--CSL The Ups and Downs of 2012 in the CSL...a league retrospective (from CSL web site)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  11. ^ "October 11, 2012 CSL--Week 23 Standings [end of Regular season] (from CSL web site)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  12. ^ "October 14, 2012 CSL Quarterfinals--details from Sunday's games (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  13. ^ "October 21, 2012 CSL Semi-Finals--details of Sunday's games (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  14. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 27, 2012 CSL Final--Toronto Croatia vs Montreal Impact Academy (by Rocket Robin)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  15. ^ "October 25, 2012 CSL--pregame article on CSL Final (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  16. ^ "October 27, 2012 CSL Final--Toronto Croatia vs Montreal Impact Academy (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  17. ^ "November 25, 2012--2012 CSL Awards Dinner (from CSL website)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  18. ^ Glover, Robin. "November 25, 2012 CSL Awards Dinner (by Rocket Robin)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  19. ^ "April 15, 2013 CSL--CSL Will Kickoff May 3rd (from CSL web site)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  20. ^ "U-17/18: FC Dallas, Bethesda-Olney, PDA and Montreal Impact Advance to Semifinals". 7 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  21. ^ Benzaza, Sofiane (2013-12-03). "Impact to join the PDL in 2014". Mount Royal Soccer. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  22. ^ "U19 - Eds-Académie". Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  23. ^ "October 13th, 2010--Canadian Soccer League First Division Week 23". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  24. ^ "October 10, 2011 CSL--Week 23 Standings (from CSL web site)". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  25. ^ "October 11, 2012 CSL--Week 23 Standings [end of Regular season] (from CSL web site)". Retrieved 2016-10-15. 

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