Montreal Impact

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Montreal Impact
Montreal Impact (MLS) Logo.svg
Basic data
Surname Impact de Montréal
Montreal Impact
Seat Montreal , Quebec , Canada
founding 1993
owner Joey Saputo
president Kevin Gilmore
First soccer team
Head coach Thierry Henry
Venue Saputo Stadium
Places 20,341
league Major League Soccer
2019 Eastern Conference: 9th place.
Overall table: 18th place

The Montreal Impact FC ( French .: Impact de Montréal FC ) is a franchise of professional football - League Major League Soccer (MLS) from Montreal , Canada . Impact was founded in 1993 and played in lower-class North American football until the 2011 season, most recently in 2011 in the second-rate North American Soccer League . The franchise has been playing in Major League Soccer, the top division of North American soccer , since the 2012 season .

Montreal Impact's owner Joey Saputo took over the MLS franchise in Montreal from the 2012 season. This means that all of Montreal Impact's gaming operations have been transferred to Major League Soccer .

Montreal is one of three Canadian franchises of the MLS , alongside Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps . In addition, Impact was the second non-English-speaking franchise in the MLS at all, after the now defunct CD Chivas USA .


Playing times before the MLS

original logo of Impact de Montréal FC

The club was founded in 1993 by the Saputo family after the Canadian Soccer League and with it the Montreal Supra club stopped playing. After a poor first season in the American Professional Soccer League , the club surprised defending champion Colorado Foxes in the 2014 league final with a 1-0 win and became champions for the first time. In the following years the club was always in the top tier of the league without reaching the final again. A total of four times they were eliminated in the play-offs against the Rochester Raging Rhinos . Only in 2004 could the arch-rival be defeated and later Montreal could celebrate the second championship title. In the final they beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0.

In 1999 there was a conflict between the Impact officials and the league. In the season, the club withdrew from the league. The team was back a year later. During the 2001 season the club went bankrupt . The club remained in existence and began to soar in sport and finance. In 2004 another championship could be celebrated. From 2005, the Montreal team played in the USL First Division . In the 2001 season an average of only 3,000 spectators came, the number of spectators rose to around 11,000 in the 2006 season. At the same time, football players born in Québec played a larger role in the Canadian national football team .

On July 22, 2008, Montreal was able to win the Canadian Championship . This victory in the newly founded tournament entitled the club to take part in the CONCACAF Champions League 2008/09 . There the team won the Preliminary Round against Real Estelí . The group stage that followed ended in second place. It wasn't until the quarter-finals of the Championship Round that Montreal lost to Santos Laguna and was eliminated.

In the 2009 season, Montreal Impact was the winner of the USL First Division . The regular season ended the team in 5th place. In the subsequent play-offs, Impact made it to the final, where they won over the Vancouver Whitecaps with a total of 6: 3 (3: 2, 3: 1).

Montreal Impact plays in the USSF Division 2 Professional League for the 2010 season . This league came into being after attempts were made to establish a new North American Soccer League. Due to disputes between the new NASL and the United Soccer Leagues, the USSF League was only played in this single season as a temporary solution. For the 2011 season, the Montreal then moved to the newly founded North American Soccer League , but missed the playoffs there in its first (and only) season.

From the 2012 season, Montreal will have its own team in Major League Soccer. This was announced on May 7, 2010. Montreal Impact discontinued its participation in the NASL after the end of the 2011 season and went completely over to the MLS franchise.

2007–2012: Preparation of the MLS franchise

At the end of 2007, a possible entry of Montreal Impact into the MLS was considered for the first time. The requirement of a football stadium with sufficient capacity could be met in the foreseeable future thanks to the planned expansion of the Stade Saputo . An exclusive contract between Toronto FC and Major League Soccer as the only Canadian franchise in the league, which prevented a Montreal club from joining, was still valid until 2009, so that entry was possible at this point at the earliest.

Joey Saputo , owner of Montreal Impact, went out of his way to get his team into the MLS. In order to realize this project, he tried to win George Gillett , partner of Liverpool FC , for his project.

On July 24, 2008, Major League Soccer announced that it would name two more expansion teams for the 2011 season. Montreal was on the list of potential candidates. On November 22, 2008, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated that Montreal had not been awarded the contract for 2011. After Vancouver had been awarded the contract for an expansion team from the 2011 season in March 2009, Montreal's general manager Nick De Santis announced that Saputo would continue to fight for an MLS franchise from Montreal.

On May 16, 2009, the Montreal Gazette reported that Don Garber and Joey Saputo were negotiating entry into the 2012 season. On May 7, 2010, Montreal officially won an MLS franchise for the 2012 season. The Saputo family paid the inaugural fee of $ 40 million themselves and is therefore the owner of the team.

Since 2012: Start in Major League Soccer

Jesse Marsch was confirmed as the team's first coach. On March 10, 2012, the team started with a 2-0 away defeat against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their first MLS season. In the subsequent home game against Chicago Fire , which was played in front of a record number of 58,912 in the Montreal Olympic Stadium, Impact played a 1-1 draw. On May 20, 2012, this record in the game against Los Angeles Galaxy was increased to 60,860 spectators. This makes it the best-attended soccer game in Canada. At the end of the season, the Impacts took 7th place in their conference and thus missed the play-offs.

The 2013 season went better. The Swiss Marco Schällibaum took over the coaching office, won the Canadian Championship 2013 and with it the Voyageurs Cup with the team on May 15, 2013 and led the Impacts to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, which entitles them to participate in the Knockout Round . There Impact lost 3-0 against Houston Dynamo in the first elimination round . Schällibaum was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Frank Klopas as coach.

Before the 2014 season , the team squad was redesigned; 16 new players joined Impact, while 15 players, including seasoned former Italian international Alessandro Nesta , left the team. Montreal got off to a bad start into the season: the first three games were lost, and the first win was not achieved until matchday 8. The team did not succeed in turning things around; at the end of the regular season, Impact finished last in the Eastern Conference with just six wins and 28 points and also last in the overall standings. Despite the bad season in the MLS, Impact was able to win the Canadian Championship again and thus qualify for the Champions League.

At the end of the 2014 season, the season's top scorer, Marco Di Vaio , announced his retirement .

By winning the Canadian Championship in 2014, Montreal Impact qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2014/15 . Here the Canadians were able to prevail in the group stage against the New York Red Bulls and the Salvadoran CD FAS . After winning comparisons against CF Pachuca in the quarter-finals and LD Alajuelense in the semi-finals, Impact reached the final of the Champions League; The opponent was Club America from Mexico . There Montreal lost after a 1: 1 in the first leg in the second leg with 2: 4. The second leg was played in the Montreal Olympic Stadium in front of 61,004 spectators. Montreal was the first Canadian club that made it into a final of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Didier Drogba was signed on July 27, 2015 . The Ivorian is the most successful goalscorer of the Ivory Coast national team and was their captain for years.

On August 30, 2015, Montreal Impact fired the coach Frank Klopas and replaced him with Mauro Biello , who should initially coach the team as an interim coach . Impact had previously lost in the final of the Canadian Championship and then the league derby against Toronto FC .

Name and coat of arms

The name "Impact" was taken over from the previous club and will be continued. On August 6, 2011 the new team logo was presented.

The franchise's coat of arms has a shield shape and is reminiscent of the flag of the Province of Québec . In addition to the main colors blue, white and black, a silver fleur-de-lis can be seen in the upper left quarter . Next to it are four silver stars that represent the four founding peoples of the city of Montreal. In addition to the team name lettering, the saying Tous Pour Gagner (French: "All for victory") can be found on top of the coat of arms .


Record attendance at the game Montreal Impact - Los Angeles Galaxy in the Olympic Stadium on May 12, 2012 (60,860 spectators)
Game between Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls at Stade Saputo in July 2012

Montreal plays its home games at Stade Saputo . After an expansion, the stadium will hold 20,341 seats. It was completed in 2008 and is located on the former athletics grounds where the 1976 Olympic Games were held. It is the second largest football stadium in Canada after BMO Field in Toronto.

The Montreal Olympic Stadium serves as an alternative for games with greater spectator interest. Examples of this could be international and playoff games, and the first games of the 2012 season were played there when the Stade Saputo was not yet completed.

Fans and rivals

Fan grouping

The largest group of fans of the Impacts are the Ultras Montreal. These are also referred to as UM02 and were founded in 2002. In 2011, the 127 Montréal were founded, and another fan group was founded with the Montreal Impact Supporters Association. They are strongly committed to communication between the team and fans.


The club's biggest rival before joining the MLS were the Rochester Raging Rhinos . Until 2006 there was also a major rivalry with Toronto Lynx . Since the club from Toronto withdrew to the Premier Development League after the 2006 season, this rivalry ended abruptly. Montreal's biggest rival in MLS is Toronto FC . This is because there is a general rivalry between the two cities, both in sport and in other areas.

Organization, sponsorship and media

Ownership and Management

The franchise is owned by Canadian businessman Joey Saputo. The Saputo family owns the food manufacturer Saputo Incorporated . In 1993 he founded the Montreal Impact, which at that time was still playing in the American Professional Soccer League .

Pari Arshagouni as Chief Soccer Officer, Nick De Santis , Vice President and responsible for International Relations and Technical Development, Adam Braz as Technical Director and Philippe Eullaffroy, as Head of Youth and Development, are responsible for running the franchise .


The main and shirt sponsor is the Bank of Montreal (BMO). This became known on June 14, 2011. The franchise receives a five-year contract with the Canadian bank.


The Canadian TV broadcaster TVA Sports is the official media partner of Montreal Impact. Some games are also broadcast in the Réseau des sports .

Youth and development

Montreal Impact Academy

The Montreal Impact Academy was founded in 2010 and acts as the youth and development organization for Montreal Impact. The academy brings together youth teams from the U8 to U19 age groups. The U15, U17 and U19 teams play in the respective leagues of the US Soccer Development Academy.

The Montreal Academy is headed by Philippe Eullaffroy.

Players and staff

Current professional squad 2019

As of March 4, 2020

No. position Surname
1 United StatesUnited States TW Evan Bush
2 KenyaKenya MF Victor Wanyama ( DP )
4th FranceFrance FROM Rudy Camacho
5 EnglandEngland FROM Luis Binks
6th CanadaCanada MF Samuel Piette
7th FranceFrance MF Harry Novillo
8th AlgeriaAlgeria MF Sapphire Taïder ( DP )
9 SpainSpain MF Bojan Krkić
11 CanadaCanada ST Anthony Jackson-Hamel ( HGP )
13 JapanJapan MF Ken Krolicki
14th United StatesUnited States MF Amar Sejdic
15th CanadaCanada FROM Zachary Brault-Guillard
16 CanadaCanada FROM Joel Waterman
17th CanadaCanada MF Ballou Tabla ( HGP )
No. position Surname
18th NigeriaNigeria MF Orji Okwonkwo
19th HaitiHaiti MF Steeven Saba
21st FinlandFinland MF Lassi Lappalainen
22nd FinlandFinland FROM Jukka Raitala
23 SenegalSenegal TW Clement Diop
24 CanadaCanada FROM Karifa Yao ( HGP )
25th ArgentinaArgentina MF Emanuel Maciel
26th CubaCuba FROM Jorge Corrales
27 CanadaCanada MF Clément Bayiha ( HGP )
28 CanadaCanada MF Shamit Shome ( GA )
29 CanadaCanada MF Mathieu Choinière ( HGP )
30th HondurasHonduras ST Romell Quioto
37 ArgentinaArgentina ST Maximiliano Urruti
41 CanadaCanada TW James Pantemis ( HGP )

Previous players

see main article: List of Montreal Impact players

Coaching staff

Status: February 7, 2020



Seasonal balance

season league Regular season Play-offs Canadian Championship CONCACAF
Champions League
1993 APSL 7th place not qualified not carried out not qualified
1994 APSL 3rd place winner not carried out not qualified
1995 APSL 1st place Semifinals not carried out not qualified
1996 APSL 1st place Semifinals not carried out not qualified
1997 A-League 1st place (Div.) Division finals not carried out not qualified
1998 A-League 4th place (div.) Conference semifinals not carried out not qualified
1999 Game operations of the team were suspended
2000 A-League 2nd place (div.) not qualified not carried out not qualified
2001 A-League 4th place (div.) not qualified not carried out not qualified
2002 A-League 2nd place (div.) Conference semifinals not carried out not qualified
2003 A-League 1st place (Div.) Division finals not carried out not qualified
2004 A-League 1st place (Div.) winner not carried out not qualified
2005 USL First Division 1st place Semifinals not carried out not qualified
2006 USL First Division 1st place Semifinals not carried out not qualified
2007 USL First Division 3rd place Quarter finals not carried out not qualified
2008 USL First Division 3rd place Semifinals winner not qualified
2009 USL First Division 5th place winner 3rd place Quarter finals
2010 USL First Division 6th place Semifinals 3rd place not qualified
2011 USL First Division 7th place not qualified Semifinals not qualified
2012 MLS 7th place (east) not qualified Semifinals not qualified
2013 MLS 5th place (east) Knockout Round winner not qualified
2014 MLS 10th place (east) not qualified winner Group stage
2015 MLS 3rd place (east) Conference semifinals final final
2016 MLS 5th place (east) Conference finals Semifinals not qualified
2017 MLS 9th place (east) not qualified final not qualified
2018 MLS 7th place (east) not qualified Semifinals not qualified
2019 MLS 9th place (east) not qualified winner not qualified
  1. The competition starts in autumn of the previous year.

Record players in terms of appearances and goals

As of December 26, 2014

1 BrazilianBrazilian Felipe Martins Campanholi 91
2 CanadianCanadian Patrice Bernier 84
3 ItalianItalian Matteo Ferrari 79
4th FrenchmanFrenchman Hassoun Camara 78
5 AmericansAmericans Justin Mapp 76
6th ItalianItalian Marco Di Vaio 74
7th AmericansAmericans Jeb Brovsky 65
8th AmericansAmericans Troy Perkins 63
9 AmericansAmericans Davy Arnaud 57
9 ArgentiniansArgentinians Andrés Romero 57
1 ItalianItalian Marco Di Vaio 34
2 CanadianCanadian Patrice Bernier 13
3 BrazilianBrazilian Felipe Martins Campanholi 12
4th ArgentiniansArgentinians Andrés Romero 8th
4th GambierGambier Sanna Nyassi 8th
6th AmericansAmericans Jack McInerney 7th
7th AmericansAmericans Andrew Wenger 6th
8th FrenchmanFrenchman Hassoun Camara 5
9 AmericansAmericans Davy Arnaud 5
10 Various 4th

Note: Only operations within the MLS are listed.

Web links

Commons : Impact de Montréal  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Montreal plans to join MLS in 2012
  2. ^ "Passionate" Montreal named as 19th MLS city appeared on May 7, 2010 on
  3. Gillett launches MLS bid . In: Sky Sports , March 27, 2008. 
  4. ^ Randy Phillips: New coach, same old problem . Montreal Gazette. May 16, 2009. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. Retrieved on May 16, 2009.
  5. ^ Jonah Freedman: "Passionate" Montreal named as 19th MLS city . May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  6. a b MLS awards expansion team to Montreal for 2012 . Associated Press. July 5, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Jesse Marsch named head coach of the Montreal Impact
  8. ^ Bill Beacon: Impact fire Marco Schallibaum, name former Chicago Fire boss Frank Klopas as coach . In: National Post , December 18, 2013. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  9. Didier Drogba joins MLS side Montreal Impact . In: BBC Sport , July 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Montreal Impact announce coaching change, replacing Frank Klopas with assistant Mauro Biello., accessed August 30, 2015 .
  11. Montreal MLS 2012 . Montreal MLS 2012. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved on September 13, 2010.
  12. a b Technical Team Montreal Impact ( English ) Montreal Impact. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  13. Etan Vlessing: Quebecor Media Wins Montreal Impact TV Rights . The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  14. Squad list . Official website of Montreal Impact (English).
  15. - game details for the competitions. Retrieved July 29, 2012 .
  16. Montreal Impact - Record Player. Retrieved December 26, 2014 .