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The most prolific hitmen to batter the Impact, but who was the most potent?

FC Cincinnati v Minnesota United FC
Kei Kamara - no-one scored more goal against the Montreal Impact in the MLS-era. The Sierra-Leonean striker hit 14 for Sporting Kansas, Columbus, New England and Colorado Rapids. He may be the only player to have scored against Montreal for four different clubs. Let’s hope he doesn’t make it five, now he’s at Minnesota...
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In the Impact’s nine year tenure in MLS, eight opposition players have been involved (goals & assists) in at least 10 goals against the club...

So who were the hitmen that Impact fans came to dread?

Well there are a few obvious ones, of course, and top of most people’s list would come the Toronto duo of Altidore and Giovinco!

And not without reason. The American with 12 goals and 6 assists (all comps) has been involved in more goals against the Impact than any other in MLS history. Giovinco is not far off in the rear view mirror however, just one behind with 10 goals and 7 assists.

If the Impact had only signed the Italian when they had the sniff of a chance...

But neither of the Toronto men can claim to have top-scored against the Bleu/Blanc/Noir. That honour goes to former Norwich City striker and Sierra-Leonean international Kei Kamara, another who at times was rumoured to be headed to Montreal throughout his lengthy career.

Kamara managed to breach the Impact rearguard on no fewer than 14 occasions (adding three assists), playing for four different clubs, which I believe in itself is also a record.

Others who’ve been a constant thorn in Impact sides over the years and some who may surprise, include Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew, 8 goals, 5 assists), Diego Fagundez, New England, 6 goals, 6 assists), Kelyn Rowe (New England, 6 goals, 5 assists) and the ‘ever-popular’ Dominic Dwyer (Sporting KC & Orlando, 10 goals, 0 assists).

But who has been the most potent?

If you are so inclined you can tip your hat to any and each of the seven mentioned already, although I suspect there’s one or two you’ll pass on, but every one of them pales into insignificance when you consider the immense goals to games ratio of one Thierry Henry.

Yes indeed, the most potent striker the Impact has ever faced in MLS is current manager Thierry Henry. In 5 appearances Henry found the back of the net 9 times (only once at Stade Saputo in a 1-3 defeat in 2012, the rest at Red Bull Arena). The Frenchman also contributed 4 assists for a goal involvement total of 13.

The ratio of 2.6 goals per game is unlikely ever to be bettered, or at least as CF Montreal fans we hope not!

So there you have it! No-one comes close.

Henry the most potent!


Montreal Impact v New York Red Bulls
One of the NINE! Thierry Henry celebrates his 28th minute equalizer against the Impact on the last day of March 2012. He would beat ‘keeper Donovan Ricketts three times that evening as the Red Bulls ran out winners by 5-2.
Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls