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Why I became a Montreal Impact fan
The day is August 4th, 2012, and my Godfather took me to my first Impact game in the fantastic ground that is Stade Saputo. A beautiful scissor kick goal by Felipe, and a ridiculous headbutt by Nelson Rivas was enough to convince me that this team was capable of entertaining its fans.
The Impact is now in their sixth season since joining the MLS. Le Bleu-Blanc-Noir have found success in that span, by reaching the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League Final (only to lose in heartbreaking fashion to Mexican team Club America), they have won two Canadian Championships since 2012, and they've reached the MLS Cup Playoffs three times in five seasons (including last year's fantastic run to the conference semifinals).
All these cup runs fill me with joy, as supporting my hometown team as well as domestic soccer is something I take pride in.
When I pass my Summers in the beautiful city of Montréal, my happiest moments since the Summer of 2012 are attending Impact games. I was fortunate enough to meet my idol Ignacio Piatti after a game in 2015, ever since, I've been doing my best to emulate his playing style for my club team back in the States!
I have been writing for Mount Royal Soccer for around six months. Luckily, the Impact opened the 2017 season in San Jose, which is a destination that I go to when the Impact come around. I contacted the Earthquakes in hopes to get a media pass for the game. I stated the fact that I write for Mount Royal Soccer, and a week later, they replied to me saying I got the media pass!
My first game with a media pass and TVA Sports' Nicolas Martineau took me under his wing. Showing me the gameday routine as well as the little details that go along with the job. I stayed next to the locker room door following the conclusion of their 1-0 loss. I shook hands with all the players, and even had a little chat with head coach Mauro Biello!
I'm attending Concordia University this Fall, with my major being journalism. My goal is to one day be able to cover the Impact for a living! I have to thank my Godfather as if it weren't for him bringing me to that Impact vs. Union match, who knows if I would still have been a fan!