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Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Montreal. Founded in 1992, the team plays in the USL First Division (USL-1), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
The team plays its home games at Stade Saputo, a soccer-specific stadium which opened in May 2008. Seating 13,500 supporters in three main stands, Saputo Stadium is located just east of Olympic Stadium in the city's east end. Prior to moving to the new stadium, the Impact played their home games at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard.
The team's colors are blue and white. The Impact also operate a reserve team, Trois-Rivières Attak, which began play in the Canadian Soccer League in 2007.
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High Energy, Low Cost
In a city where hockey is a religion, other sports inevitably get shuffled to the side. The Montreal Impact soccer team generates little buzz and, after attending a match last fall, I can tell you just how much of a shame this is.
Going in, I had low expectations: I knew nothing about the team and had zero interest in soccer. Fortunately, I was in for a pleasant surprise. Turns out it was the championship game (the third match in a best 2 out of 3 series) and our seats were fantastic, at an infinitesimal fraction of the cost of comparable seats at a Habs game. We all know soccer fans are high energy, but I was NOT prepared at all for how much fun I had at this game. By the end of the match I was jumping up and down and cheering and singing just as loud as those with their faces painted. The crowd has a hypnotic way of drawing you in with a chant that is five times catchier than the Canadiens “Ole!” one. The excitement is undeniably contagious.
Overall, this was an incredibly cheap and extremely fun way to spend an afternoon, and my whole party agreed that we will definitely be attending more matches this upcoming season.
Oh! And we won!!