There were no initial plans or news that the Montreal Impact would play in an official pre-season tournament. As the club flew to Orlando for the first half of its Floridean pre-season camp, it was just announced that the Impact would participate in the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational.
Here is the full schedule for the upcoming Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational! pic.twitter.com/P9DoSAmwKV— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) January 27, 2016
Along 5 other MLS teams and the Rowdie, Montreal will play a total of 4 games including one against the host. The invitational is a brand-new preseason tournament and will be held between February 17th and 27th. This is the tournament during which you might have a chance to see Didier Drogba play his first-ever MLS/NASL pre-season tournament.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies will also host the Bleu-Blanc-Noir during their second pre-season stay in Florida
Additionally, the Rowdies and Al Lang Stadium will be hosting @impactmontreal training camp Feb. 15-28. Looking forward to it!— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) January 27, 2016
Montreal Impact - Head Coach Mauro Biello
We're happy to join this preseason invitational, which will be a good preparation for the group prior to the MLS regular season. We'll have the opportunity to face other MLS teams in first class infrastructures. We wish to thank the Rowdies organization and their staff for hosting our team for two weeks.
Wednesday, February 17 - Al Lang Stadium
D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m.
New York City FC vs Montreal Impact, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 - Al Lang Stadium
D.C. United vs Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Philadelphia Union, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24 - Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex
Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 - Al Lang Stadium
Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Montreal Impact, 7:00 p.m.
*match schedule subject to change