7-time Ligue 1 champions with 13 consecutive UEFA Champions League appearances, l'Olympique Lyonnais comes to Montreal to play the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Tuesday July 24th 2012. Having won the French Cup (Coupe de France) , Lyon will be playing Ligue 1 Champion Montpellier Hérault SC,on July 28th Red Bull Arena, to play for the annual Champions Trophy.
Both club's presidents , known for their charismatic personality and entrepreneurship values, have both stated their happiness for playing this game, a game that represents more than a gala game but a strong relationship for the future.
Joey Saputo, Montreal Impact owner and president
We are very pleased to be hosting in Montreal a prestigious club like Olympique Lyonnais. We are pleased to further our relationship with France's Ligue 1 and grow our relationship across the Atlantic. This game is a great example. It is important for us to organize international matches like we've done in the past. We want to continue to build Montreal as an important market in North America for international games.
Jean-Michel Aulas, Olympique Lyonnais president
Olympique Lyonnais is very happy to be playing a friendly against the most francophone team in Major League Soccer: the Montreal Impact. With this game, we hope to build a strong relationship with our friends at the Impact, a club that is having a good inaugural season in MLS and who has an incredible fan base