CF Montréal U23

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CF Montréal U23
Full nameClub de Foot Montréal U23
Founded2014
2020 (re-founded)
OwnerJoey Saputo
Head coachOtmane Ibrir
LeaguePremier Development League
20144th, Northeast

CF Montréal U23, formerly Montreal Impact U23, is a Canadian soccer team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that was the reserve club of Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact and represented the highest team of the Montreal Impact Academy. In 2014, they played in the Premier Development League, the fourth tier. The team was replaced the following year with FC Montreal in the professional second-tier USL PRO. In 2020, it was announced that the U23 team would be re-started for the 2021 season.

History[edit]

From 2010 to 2012, the Montreal Impact Academy fielded their U21 team in the Canadian Soccer League, which was recognized as a tier 3 league in the Canadian soccer league system.[1] However, the team withdrew from the league prior to the 2013 season,[2] as the Canadian Soccer Association de-sanctioned the league following a match-fixing scandal.[3]

In 2014, the club decided to re-brand the team as a U23 team and entered the team into the Premier Development League, in the fourth tier of the United States soccer league system.[4] They played their first match on 17 May against the Westchester Flames, which they won by a score of 4–0.[5][6] They finished the season in fourth place in the Northeast Division.[7]

In 2015, the Impact decided to form a reserve professional team in the second tier USL PRO called FC Montreal. As a result, the PDL team was disbanded with most of the players moving to the new pro reserve team.[8]

The club announced that they would reform a U23 team for the 2021 season.[9][10] with Patrice Bernier serving as post-formation supervisor, where he will work primarily with the first team players in the U23 team.[11] Throughout the 2021 season, the U23s played friendlies against the teams in the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.[12] They joined the PLSQ as formal members in 2022.[13][14]

Record[edit]

Year by year

Year Division League Rank Record (W–D–L) Playoffs
2014 4 Premier Development League 4th, Northeast 7–2–5 Did not qualify

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Montreal Impact Academy unveils its 2010 calendar and roster". Montreal Impact. 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ "The Impact U21 will not play in the Canadian Soccer League in 2013". Montreal Impact. 28 March 2013.
  3. ^ Sabetti, Nick (24 January 2014). "With five new teams, the Montreal Impact academy is now fully formed". Goal. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ Benzaza, Sofiane (3 December 2013). "Montreal Impact to field PDL team in 2014". Mount Royal Soccer.
  5. ^ Reis, Natasha (16 May 2014). "Impact U23 set to kick off inaugural PDL season". Montreal Impact.
  6. ^ "Academy Report: Impact U23 successful in PDL debut". Montreal Impact. 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ Strizzi, Joey (10 November 2014). "Impact U23s hold annual end of season awards ceremony". Montreal Impact.
  8. ^ "A new team in USL Pro". Montreal Impact. 4 September 2014.
  9. ^ Vance, Paul (4 September 2020). "Impact to Introduce U23 Team for 2021 Season". Mount Royal Soccer.
  10. ^ Sigal, Jonathan (5 September 2020). "Montreal Impact form U-23 team as part of academy restructuring". Major League Soccer.
  11. ^ "The Impact changes the sporting structure of its Academy". CF Montréal. 4 September 2020.
  12. ^ Duchesneau, Frédérick (12 May 2021). "Professeur Ibrir" [Professor Ibrir]. La Presse.
  13. ^ Defly, Elom (20 January 2022). "L'équipe réserve du CF Montréal joindra la PLSQ" [The Reserve Team of CF Montreal will join the PLSQ]. PLSQ (in French).
  14. ^ "CF Montréal reserve team to join the PLSQ". CF Montréal. 20 January 2022.

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