Franco-Ontarien, fan of the Montréal Impact, loves French-Canadian soccer and poutine.
Last Wednesday, 22,000 fans gathered in Toronto to watch the semi-final clash between Toronto FC and l’Impact de Montréal. Meanwhile in Ottawa, more than 9,000 fans gathered to watch Ottawa Fury FC take on – and defeat – the Vancouver Whitecaps. This week, both Montréal and Vancouver are expecting large crowds. Is it not time to expand this tournament to more than five teams?
In Ottawa, a crowd of 9,057 cheered the Fury to victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their first ever game against an MLS calibre team.
The Canadian Men’s National Team has a serious problem. In the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada failed to score a single goal. In our most recent matches with Mexico, Canada also failed to score. With a place at the CONCACAF Hexagonal on the line, head coach Benito Floro should turn to overlooked players who have goal scoring experience at the international level.
The Impact have sold out, or nearly sold out Stade Saputo for the last ten home games - that's almost 22,000 people per game! However, Montréal has gone bananas for soccer before. Below are the 5 most attended games in Impact history.
Le Fury se retrouve en difficulté. Est-ce que que le chaînon manquant pour le club NASL d'Ottawa est un autre Montréalais?
The Voyageurs Cup is often seen by fans as irrelevant, despite its great importance and history to soccer in Montréal.
After 5 years, the Impact Academy and its flagship team, FC Montréal, are turning out players of great quality for the Impact. What can we expect from some of them in 2016?
With only a few new faces coming into the Impact camp, the 2016 roster will hope to build on the success of the 2015 campaign.