Montreal Impact (1992–2011)

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The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) was a Canadian professional soccer club based in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1993, the team played in various leagues in the second tier of the United States soccer league system, beginning with the American Professional Soccer League. They later played in the A-League/USL First Division, the USSF D2 Pro League, and the North American Soccer League. Following the 2011 season, the Impact were replaced by a team of the same name which joined Major League Soccer in 2012.

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Montreal Impact
FoundedDecember 10, 1992[1]
Dissolved2011 (MLS 2012)
StadiumComplexe Sportif Claude-Robillard
Saputo Stadium
OwnerJoey Saputo

The team played its home games at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard until 2008 when it moved to the new Saputo Stadium where it played until its move to MLS. The team's colours were blue and white.

The Impact also operated a reserve team, the Trois-Rivières Attak, from 2006 until 2010 which played in the Canadian Soccer League until 2010 when the Impact created their own Montreal Impact Academy. They also used to operate an indoor team (of the same name) in the NPSL (at the Bell Centre, then at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard) with many of the same players, from 1997–1998 to 1999–2000.

On May 7, 2010, Impact owner Joey Saputo was granted a Major League Soccer expansion franchise set to begin play in Saputo Stadium in 2012.[2] Although, in a legal sense, the MLS team is an entirely separate legal entity, the new team (now known as CF Montréal) retained the name Montreal Impact until 2021 and maintains the team's legacy in MLS.

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