Despite the fact that the question of whether the Montreal Impact would even find a league to play in was up in the air for a part of the winter, you would have to say that alls well that ends well. The Montreal Impact will be playing in the USSF Second Division this summer and fall. They will be the defending champions of sorts as they won the USL-1 league championship last year. With basically the same strong team coming back, with a few additions and subtractions, it looks like it is going to be another exciting year of soccer in Montreal.
The Montreal Impact looks like a strong team once again this year. This is despite the retirement of longtime player and captain Mauro Biello. Mauro has now taken on an assistant coaching position with the team. Midfielder Joey Gjertsen also has left the team. French club player and midfielder Phillippe Billy, Canadian midfielder Tyler Hemming and Portuguese midfielder Filipe Soares will definitely help plug the holes. Veterans like Eduardo Sebrango, Nevio Pizzolitto (now captain), David Testo, and goaltender Matt Jordan are all back to provide the leadership needed.
In the USSF Second Division there will be teams that Impact fans will be familiar with (Vancouver Whitecaps, Austin Aztecs, Carolina RailHawks, Rochester Rhinos, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Minnesota, and Miami) and some new teams (AC St. Louis, Crystal Palace Baltimore and Tampa Bay Rowdies). There are 12 teams in the league and each team will play each other two times per season. Plus there will be an additional home-and-away series against four teams (for Montreal it is Vancouver, Carolina, Rochester, and Baltimore) to make a total of 30 games during the regular season.
The team's schedule has been lengthened this season with it starting earlier and ending later. The Impact's first game will be this coming weekend, April 11th, in Austin, Texas against the Aztec. Their first home game will be April 25th against the Portland Timbers. The team's home games will be played predominantly on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the Saputo Stadium.
Besides all this the Impact will once again be in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship versus Vancouver and Toronto FC and some exhibition games against international squads. It will be a full season packed with exciting soccer for the fans.
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