CF Montréal

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CF Montréal
Full nameCF Montreal
Nickname(s)Le CFM (The CFM), L'Impact (The Impact)
Short nameCFM, CFMTL
Founded1992; 32 years ago (1992)[nb 1]
  • 19,619 (Saputo)
  • 61,004 (Olympic)
OwnerJoey Saputo
PresidentGabriel Gervais
Head coachLaurent Courtois
LeagueMajor League Soccer
2023Eastern Conference: 10th
Overall: 20th
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website
Current season

CF Montréal is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Eastern Conference. Founded in 2010 as the Montreal Impact, they began play in the MLS in 2012 as the league's nineteenth franchise and third Canadian club. They are a phoenix club of the original Montreal Impact that played in the various second division leagues of American soccer from 1993 to 2011.

In 2015, the Impact was the first ever Canadian club and the second MLS club to advance to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, where they lost to Club América.

The club rebranded as Club de Foot Montréal in 2021 with a new club crest and colours. Amidst discontent and pressure from supporters and local media, the club introduced a revised logo for the 2023 season, with the club being known simply as CF Montréal.

CF Montréal and its predecessor clubs have won the Voyageurs Cup, the domestic trophy for professional club soccer in Canada, a total of 11 times, five of which are within the format of the Canadian Championship, the national championship for professional clubs in Canada formed in 2008. The club competes in the Leagues Cup, the North American zonal competition for CONCACAF, and is eligible for the cross-border Campeones Cup, but does not take part in the U.S. Open Cup.

The club plays its home matches at Stade Saputo and is managed by Laurent Courtois.


Founding and pre-MLS era[edit]

Impact de Montréal FC were founded in December 1992 when the Saputo family acquired a new franchise in the American Professional Soccer League (APSL), at the time the top flight of professional U.S. and Canadian soccer, which was set to begin competition for the 1993 season.[2] In 1994, the Impact defeated the Colorado Foxes 1–0 at Centre Claude Robillard in Montréal, in front of a crowd of 8,169. The victory was the first championship for a professional soccer club from the city of Montréal.[3][4] The Impact were regular season champions for three consecutive seasons; from 1995 to 1996 in the APSL (rebranded as the A-League), and in 1997 as part of the post-merger USISL A-League.[2] In 2004, the Impact won the A-League championship by defeating the Seattle Sounders 2–0 at Centre Claude Robillard in Montréal, in front of a crowd of 13,648—a new attendance record for the club at the time.[2][5]

The A-League was renamed the USL First Division in November 2004.[6] The Impact started the 2005 season with a 15-game undefeated streak and finished 10 points clear of second place to win the Commissioner's Cup. They were knocked out in the playoffs semi-finals by the Seattle Sounders.[2] That same year, the club announced the construction of Stade Saputo, a soccer-specific stadium and the club's current home, which opened on May 19, 2008.[2][7] The Impact repeated as Commissioner's Cup winners in 2006 and won their first USL playoff championship in 2009 after they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 6–3 on aggregate in the two-legged final. The second leg was played at Stade Saputo in front of a crowd of 13,034.[2][5]

The Impact won the first seven editions of the Voyageurs Cup, the domestic trophy for professional soccer in Canada awarded to the best Canadian team in the USL First Division, from 2002 to 2007.[8] Since 2008, the trophy has been awarded to the winner of the Canadian Championship. The Impact won the first edition of the competition in 2008 which qualified the club for the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League, their first continental tournament. The club advanced through the preliminary and group stages to the Champions League quarterfinals, where the Impact were defeated 5–4 on aggregate by Mexican club Santos Laguna.[2][9] In 2009, the Impact announced plans to join the breakaway North American Soccer League (NASL), a new second division league, but due to legal disputes with the USL, they instead joined the temporary USSF Division 2 Professional League for one season in 2010.[10] The Impact finished third in the league's NASL Conference and lost in the semifinals to Carolina RailHawks FC.[11] The team also lead the league in average attendance with 12,608 spectators per match.[12] Montréal ultimately played in the NASL for one season, failing to qualify for the playoffs, before being replaced by their MLS incarnation.[13]

MLS franchise bid and transition[edit]

Montreal Impact pre-game lineup photo, 2013

Toward the end of 2007, much speculation had been made about a possible franchise move for the lower division Impact to Major League Soccer (MLS). The construction of the expandable Saputo Stadium further suggested an interest on the part of the group to move up to the top-level North American league. Although Toronto FC held a three-year Canadian exclusivity deal that did not expire until 2009, they stated in March 2008 that they would gladly welcome the Impact into MLS.[14]

Chairman Joey Saputo held talks with George Gillett (former co-owner of Liverpool F.C. and former owner of the Montreal Canadiens) regarding possible joint ownership of a franchise.[15] On July 24, 2008, MLS announced they were seeking to add two expansion teams for the 2011 season, of which Montreal was listed as a potential candidate.[16]

On November 22, 2008, the group's bid for an MLS franchise was not retained by commissioner Don Garber. In response to Vancouver's successful bid in March 2009, Impact GM Nick De Santis commented that he expected chairman Saputo to pursue and realize his vision of Montreal as an MLS franchise someday.[17] By May 16, 2009, the Montreal Gazette reported Garber and Saputo had resumed talks for an expansion team to begin play in 2011.[18]

On May 7, 2010, Garber and Saputo announced Montreal as the nineteenth club in Major League Soccer, set to begin play for the 2012 season.[19] The MLS franchise is privately owned by the Saputo family.[20]

On June 14, 2011, the Montreal Impact announced a five-year agreement with the Bank of Montreal to become their lead sponsor and jersey sponsor in MLS.[21]

In August 2011, Jesse Marsch became the Impact's new head coach. The club began building their roster for their inaugural MLS season in October 2011 with the signing of defenseman Nelson Rivas, previously of Inter Milan. From their NASL roster, the Impact re-signed defender Hassoun Camara, goalkeeper Evan Bush and midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic to new MLS contracts. Through the MLS expansion draft, the Impact were able to select in November 2011 ten more players, most notably midfielder and American international Justin Mapp. The Impact also traded for Davy Arnaud from Sporting Kansas City who would eventually become the team's first MLS captain. In December 2011, the club signed long-time Impact goalkeeper and Canadian international Greg Sutton, midfielder, Canadian international, future team captain and future Canada Soccer hall of famer Patrice Bernier, and Brazilian midfielder Felipe Martins. Veteran forward and long-time Impact player Eduardo Sebrango was invited to training camp and in February 2012 was awarded an MLS contract.

Beginnings in MLS and Champions League Final[edit]

2012 season

On March 10, 2012, the Impact played their inaugural MLS game, a 2–0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[22] A week later, the club made its home debut at the Olympic Stadium against the Chicago Fire, the game ending in a 1–1 draw. The match attracted 58,912 spectators, surpassing the previous record for professional soccer in Montréal established in a 1981 Montreal Manic home game against the Chicago Sting (58,542).[23] On May 12, 2012, the Impact set a new attendance record for a professional soccer match in Canada[24] with a crowd of 60,860 spectators during a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy which ended in 1–1 draw. On May 24, 2012, the club announced the signing of their first ever MLS Designated Player in Marco Di Vaio, previously of Bologna F.C. 1909. Di Vaio signed with the Impact after 14 seasons in Serie A and went on to score 34 goals in 76 appearances from 2012 to 2014 with the club. The Impact finished the 2012 regular season in seventh place in the Eastern conference with a record of 12 wins, 16 losses, and 6 ties. On November 3, 2012, head coach Jesse Marsch stepped down due to a difference of opinion with club management over how the team should move forward.

2013 season

On January 7, 2013, the Impact named Marco Schällibaum as head coach. Schällibaum had previously coached nearly 10 years in the Swiss Super League. On February 23, the Impact won the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, beating Columbus Crew 1–0 in the final during their pre-season campaign. On May 29, the club won the 2013 Canadian Championship by defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the final, the Impact's first major trophy since joining MLS[25] and their eighth Voyageurs Cup. As Canadian Champions, the Impact earned a spot in the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, their second ever birth and first birth since joinging MLS as an expansion team.[citation needed] The club finished the 2013 MLS regular season with a record of 14 wins, 13 losses, and 7 ties which earned them their first-ever MLS playoff berth, finishing in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Impact were eliminated by the Houston Dynamo in the knockout round. The club announced on December 18 that Marco Schällibaum would not return and former Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas would replace him as the Impact`s new head coach.

2014 season

The Impact became repeat Voyageurs Cup champions by defeating Toronto FC in the 2014 Canadian Championship final on June 4, 2014.[26] Despite their success in the domestic cup, the Impact struggled in league play. The Impact finished the 2014 MLS season with a record of 6–18–10 (W-L-D), finishing last in the league.

2014 -2015 CONCACAF Champions League run

The Impact were drawn into group 3 with C.D. FAS of El Salvador and MLS rivals New York Red Bulls. With only the winner of each group advancing to the knockout stage, the Impact went undefeated in the group stage with 3 wins and a draw to win the group.


In the quarterfinals, the Impact took an early 2–0 lead against Pachuca in the first leg at Estadio Hidalgo but the Mexican club fought back to draw the game 2-2. Despite the Impact's inability to hold the lead, the 2 away goals gave the Impact an edge for the return leg. On March 3, 2015, at Olympic Stadium in Montréal, Pachuca took the lead in the 80th minute when referee Walter López awarded a penalty to the Mexican side and Germán Ezequiel Cano Recalde gave his team the lead. However, in the dying seconds of stoppage time, substitute Cameron Porter controlled a long pass from Callum Mallace, fought off a defender and slipped the ball between the legs of Pachuca's goalkeeper to tie the game thus sending the Impact to the semi-finals on away goals (3-3 aggregate). The Impact became the first Canadian club to win a two-legged series against a Mexican opponent.

Porter's goal

Cameron Porter was drafted 45th overall on January 15, 2015, by the Impact in the MLS SuperDraft. He made his professional debut on February 24 of that same year as an 81st-minute substitute against Pachuca in the first leg of the quarterfinals.  His goal in stoppage time (90+4) in the second leg was the first professional goal of his career and his only goal for the Impact. Porter suffered a serious injury to his left knee less than a month later which required surgery to repair a torn ACL. He retired from professional soccer in 2018 at the early age of 24. Porter's goal immortalised him as a club legend in the minds of Impact supporters despite only ever playing in two MLS games for the club.


The Impact faced Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the semi-finals who had dispatched D.C. United in the previous round. In the first leg, the Impact defeated the Costa Rican club 2–0 at Olympic Stadium in Montréal in front of a crowd of 33,675. Alajuelense's failure to score a goal in Montréal would prove to be fatal three weeks later when the teams met again for the return leg in Alajuela. The Impact opened the scoring just before the half to secure that all important away goal. Despite Alajuelense's two late goals to win the game 4–2, the Impact advanced to the finals on away goals (4-4 on aggregate).


The Impact became the first Canadian club and only the second MLS club to advance to the CONCACAF Champion's League finals and would face Club América.  The first leg in Mexico resulted in a 1–1 draw at the Azteca in Mexico City on April 22, 2015.  A week later the teams met again at the Olympic Stadium in Montréal in front of a sold-out crowd of 61,004. The home team scored in the 8th minute when Nacho Piatti moved swiftly past three América players and passed to an open Andrés Romero who slotted the ball past the Mexican goalkeeper. The first half ended with the Impact ahead 1–0 in the game and 2–1 on aggregate.  However, Club América scored four goals in the second half and the game ended 4–2 to América (5-3 on aggregate).


On August 29, 2015, head coach Frank Klopas was fired and replaced on an interim basis by former Impact player Mauro Biello. After qualifying for the playoffs and defeating Toronto FC in the first round before being eliminated in the Conference semi-finals by the Columbus Crew, Biello was hired permanently.[27] The team was also boosted mid-season by the arrival of Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba, formerly of Chelsea.[27]

The Impact played the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League final before of a record 61,004

Biello was dismissed by the club in October 2017 after failing to qualify for the playoffs[28] and was succeeded by Rémi Garde, formerly of Aston Villa.[29] Garde was himself dismissed in August 2019 and replaced by former Colombian football defender Wilmer Cabrera on an interim basis. During Cabrera's time at the helm of the team, the Impact won the 2019 Canadian Championship defeating Toronto FC in the finals.[30] Despite his success in the Canadian Championship, Cabrera failed to lead the team to the MLS playoffs and his contract was not renewed for the following season.

In November 2019, former France international Thierry Henry signed a two-year deal to coach the Impact.[31] In his first season, the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but were eliminated 2–1 by the New England Revolution in the first round.[32] That same year, the Impact's first Champions League campaign since the 2015 final ended in the quarter-finals, with away goals elimination by Hondurian club C.D. Olimpia.[33] Henry resigned in February 2021[34] stating family reasons for his decision to step down as head coach. In a press release, he said: "The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children. Unfortunately due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the U.S. again for several months will be no different. The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids. Therefore, it is with much sadness that I must take the decision to return to London and leave CF Montreal." Following Henry's abrupt departure, assistant coach Wilfried Nancy was named interim head coach and following an impressive start to his first season, Nancy was made permanent and his contract renewed in May 2021 as head coach for 2022.[35]

CF Montréal finished the 2022 MLS season in second place in the Eastern Conference and third place overall, the club's highest finish since their inaugural 2012 season in MLS. The club set a total of 8 new club records including for the number of wins in a season (20) and points in a regular season (65). They also set 2 new all-time MLS records for most road wins in a single season (11) and most consecutive road wins (7). CF Montréal were knocked out of the 2022 MLS playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by New York City FC by a score of 3–1, at Stade Saputo. CF Montréal also set new club records for income earned from the sale of players with the sale of Djordje Mihailovic to AZ Alkmaar, Alistair Johnston to Celtic FC and Ismaël Koné to Watford FC. MLS 2022 Coach of the Year candidate, Wilfried Nancy left the club and signed with Columbus Crew in December 2022 and was replaced with former D.C. United head coach Hernán Losada. It was reported that Nancy had agreed with management to finish the season with CF Montréal following a verbal conflict with club owner, Joey Saputo, after a 3–0 loss to Sporting Kansas City in July but that he would be leaving the club after the end of the season.[36]

On June 27, 2023, CF Montréal manager Losada gave six Québecois players a start in a 1–0 league win over the New England Revolution: it was the highest number of locally-based players ever featured in the starting XI since the team had first joined MLS.[37]

CF Montréal parted ways with Losada after the 2023 regular season.[38]

Team name, logo and colours[edit]

Crest used while the team was named the Montreal Impact (2012–2020)

In regards to keeping the name "Impact" upon the move to MLS, Montreal stated its intention "to maintain its name and global team image." The official logo for the team was revealed at the start of a match between the NASL Montreal Impact team and the NSC Minnesota Stars on August 6, 2011.[39][40][41]

The previous logo was a shield in blue, black, white and silver containing a stylized fleur-de-lis and four silver stars, overlaid with the Impact wordmark. The fleur-de-lis, which also appeared on the logo of the NASL Impact team, is a globally recognized symbol of French heritage, and features prominently on the flag of Quebec as a reflection of Québécois culture. The four stars represent the four founding communities of Montreal identified on the city's coat of arms. At the top of the shield, the team's motto, "Tous Pour Gagner" (French for "all for victory") is inscribed. In 2020, the Impact unveiled a new slogan, "Passion. Fierté. Authenticité." (Passion. Pride. Authenticity.)

Crest used in 2021 and 2022

In January 2021, the club rebranded as Club de Foot Montréal (or CF Montreal), with Saputo saying "It's hard to let go of things you love. But here's the reality — to make an impact, we need to retire the Impact."[42] As part of the rebranding, the club unveiled a new badge and colours. The club's new official colours were marketed as "Impact Black", "Ice Grey", and "Sacré Bleu".[43][44] The badge predominantly featured four letter M's and eight arrows pointing to its centre, the elements combining to resemble a stylized snowflake. Creators stated that the new badge was a tribute to the emblems of the 1976 Summer Olympics and Expo 67.[42]

The rebranding was poorly received by the club's main supporter group, the Ultras, who published a letter and a petition requesting the club go back to its previous name.[45] In February 2021, supporters protested the rebranding in front of Saputo Stadium. During the protest, the stadium entrance sign featuring the new badge was vandalized by covering the new badge with black paint. One individual was arrested.[46]

In May 2022, amidst declining ticket sales, continued discontent and pressure from fans and media alike, the club unveiled a new badge and announced that it would take effect for the 2023 season, with the club shortening the name to simply CF Montréal. The new badge features a return to the clubs traditional colours with blue being predominant, and centred around a stylized fleur-de-lis, which the club has used as a symbol since 2002.[47][48]

Uniform evolution[edit]

Home, away, and alternative uniforms.

  • Home
  • Away
  • Alternative

Club culture[edit]

Supporters group[edit]

"Ultras Montréal", also known as "UM02", was founded in 2002 and was CF Montréal's largest and oldest supporters group. The group's motto is "Toujours fidèles" in French and translates as "Forever faithful". The Ultras were a highly active group, known for their unwavering 90 minute chants, use of smoke grenades, creating large tifos, waving flags, and organizing road trips to follow the club on away games. The group was located directly behind the net, on the south side of Stade Saputo, in section 132 with some spillover into section 131. Smaller independent groups also located in these sections, would join their voices to the Ultras during matches.

In September 2021, CF Montréal management announced that it was banning certain supporter groups, most notably, the Ultras Montréal. This move sparked many skeptical reactions as it came on the heels of a feud between the group and then president of the club, Kevin Gilmore. The conflict was a culmination of things that started almost exclusively with the rebranding of the club and abandonment of the highly popular team name, Impact de Montréal. The club cited misconduct and past violent incidents, however no further specifics were given in their press release.[49]

"127 Montréal" was formed in 2011 and are located in the south-west corner of Stade Saputo, in section 127. The club removed several rows of seats at the bottom of the section to accommodate the group, making a small part of section 127 a standing room area only. The group can be identified in the stadium by a banner displaying the group's name and crest. The crest features a snowy owl (Nyctea scandiaca), the official bird of the Province of Québec. Because of their proximity, 127 Montréal often join supporters in 132 and 131 in their chants during matches. The group can also be seen during matches waving flags sporting the group's crest and using smoke grenades. Members of 127 Montréal occasionally join other groups in travelling to away games.

Banner for Ultras Montreal's 10th anniversary at Saputo Stadium before game between Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew on July 8, 2012

Named after the founding year of Montreal, "1642 MTL" is a supporters group formed in 2015 and located directly behind the net, on the north side of Saputo Stadium, in section 114.[50] 1642 MTL are the owners and caretakers of the North Star bell. Highly active during matches, the group uses flags extensively, occasionally creates tifos and uses smoke grenades.

On September 6, 2022, the club announced that it would be reopening section 132 to supporter groups, the decision taking immediate effect. A collective of supporters, many of whom were previously active in section 132 prior to its closure in September 2021, confirmed they would be making the section their home as the "Collectif Impact Montréal". "Ultras Montréal" released a statement on September 7, 2022, indicating that they would not be part of the collective. Collectif Impact Montréal along with several other smaller groups and independent supporters located nearby have successfully relaunched section 132 as an ultra-style supporters section. Once more, supporters groups at opposing ends of the field, acting independently, have created hostile territory for opposing goaltenders during both halves.


The official mascot of the club was Tac-Tik the dog.[51]

The North Star[edit]

The North Star at the Olympic Stadium for the Montreal Impact's 2016 home opener

The "North Star" or "L'Étoile du Nord" in French is a 5-foot (1.5 m) high, 44-inch (110 cm) wide, 1,576-pound (715 kg) bell acquired by the 1642 MTL supporters group as a goal and victory celebration. It was inaugurated on October 25, 2015, by Montreal mayor Denis Coderre where it was rung twice in a Montreal Impact victory against Toronto FC.[52] Since then, numerous personalities from the sports, cultural and art worlds, including many famous Montrealers and others linked to the city have been invited to ring the bell. Amongst them, local media personalities Tony Marinaro and Jean-Charles Lajoie, Canadian women's national soccer team players Gabrielle Carle and Josée Bélanger, retired Montréal Expos pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, retired Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw, retired Montréal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, mixed martial artist and former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and many Canadian Olympic medallists.[53]

The North Star is a symbolistic nod to the city's religious heritage. Québec is unique among Canadian provinces in its majority Roman Catholic population. Montréal is nicknamed "The City of a Hundred Steeples" for the many church steeples that dominated the city's skyline prior to the emergence of highrise buildings and skyscrapers; the prominence of these church steeples was remarked upon by Mark Twain during his visit to the city in 1881.


CF Montréal's biggest rival is Toronto FC, arguably the fiercest rivalry of MLS.[54] Professional soccer clubs from Canada's two largest cities have competed against each other for over 40 years. From the original NASL, the Canadian Soccer League, the A-League until today in the MLS, the rivalry has continued throughout various leagues and in the Canadian Championship. Since both teams have joined the MLS, the rivalry has intensified, culminating in the 2016 MLS Eastern conference finals, arguably the MLS' greatest playoff series.[55] The first leg of the series at Stade Olympique in Montréal holds the record for the largest attendance for a match featuring two Canadian soccer teams[56] with 61,004 fans. The matches between the two clubs have become a Canadian soccer classic which has been nicknamed the Canadian Classique or the 401 Derby, for the 401 highway that links the two cities.[57]

The following table lists the history of official matches in MLS and the Canadian Championship between CF Montréal and Toronto FC.

Matches Montreal wins draws Toronto wins Montreal goals Toronto goals
MLS regular season (2012–) 31 13 5 13 43 46
MLS cup playoff (2012–) 3 2 0 1 8 7
Canadian Championship (2008–) 23 6 5 12 21 33
MLS is Back Tournament (2020) 1 0 0 1 3 4
Total Official matches 58 21 10 27 75 90

CF Montréal also shares a minor rivalry with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which stems from their pre-MLS clubs, most notably in the USL-1 2009 finals when the Impact defeated the Whitecaps 3–1 in Montréal (6–3 on aggregate) to win the league championship on October 17, 2009. The rivalry transported to the MLS after both clubs joined the league and has been sustained mainly through the Canadian Championship, most notably when the clubs faced off in the 2013 finals won by Montréal and the 2015 finals won by Vancouver.[58][59][60]


CF Montréal Academy and Reserves[edit]

CF Montréal Academy is the club's youth academy and development system, which was established in 2010. The academy consists of various teams, from U8 to U23. From 2010 to 2012, the academy entered a team in the Canadian Soccer League, which replaced their former reserve team Trois-Rivières Attak. In 2014, the U23 team competed in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid. In 2015 and 2016, a reserve team competed in the United Soccer League under the name FC Montreal. Currently, they enter U18 and U16 teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy[61] and a U23 team competing in the PLSQ.

Ottawa Fury FC[edit]

The Ottawa Fury FC, of the league then known as the United Soccer League and now as the USL Championship, entered into an affiliation agreement on December 9, 2016.[62] That agreement ended when the Ottawa Fury were dissolved on November 8, 2019, and their USL franchise rights sold to Miami FC the following month.


Montreal Impact match at Saputo Stadium against New York Red Bulls on July 28, 2012

CF Montréal plays its home matches at Saputo Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium with a natural grass playing surface built in 2008 for the then second division Impact de Montréal but designed with expansion in mind with the club anticipating a move to MLS. The Québec government announced $23 million in funding to expand the stadium to more than 20,000 seats as well as build a training field with synthetic turf adjacent to the stadium.[20]

Expansion to Saputo Stadium was expected to be finished in time for the start of the club's inaugural 2012 MLS season, but it was announced on July 17, 2011, that the expansion would be delayed. As a consequence, the neighbouring Olympic Stadium was used for the Impact's first six home dates (5 MLS regular season, 1 Canadian Championship).[63] The Impact's first MLS game at Saputo Stadium was eventually played on June 16, 2012, a 4–1 win over Seattle.[64]

Though Saputo Stadium serves as the club's primary home, Olympic Stadium is also used for special events which demand a larger capacity or more favorable playing conditions (e.g. the team's season home opener, playoff matches, international competitions, and under winter conditions).[65]

Home stadium

Other stadiums


As of the 2023 season, all CF Montreal matches are carried by MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, with all matches available with French, English, and Spanish commentary options.[66] Selected matches will air in French on RDS and in English on TSN.[67]

From its inception through 2022, nearly all CF Montreal matches aired on TVA Sports as the team's regional rightsholder. TVA Sports aired 24 matches during the team's inaugural season, with play by play duties held by Fréderic Lord and colour commentary provided by Vincent Destouches.[68] From the 2017 season, TVA Sports became the French national rightsholder of Major League Soccer, televising all CF Montreal matches, as well as French-language coverage of other matches.[69][68] The team never sold English-language television rights to its "regional" matches, but Montreal regular-season matches against Canadian opponents were broadcast in English by TSN as part of its rights to MLS (which covered the national package, and separate rights to Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps matches not covered by the national package).[68]

CHMP 98.5 FM served as the club's French-language radio flagship from 2015 through 2020,[70] with Jeremy Filosa on play-by-play and analyst Arcadio Marcuzzi.[citation needed] On January 19, 2021, CKLX 91.9 Sports announced that it would become the club's new French-language radio flagship through 2022.[71] CKGM TSN 690 Montreal serves as the English-language radio flagship of the club.[72] Rick Moffat handles play-by-play duties while colour commentary is provided by former Montreal player Grant Needham.

Players and staff[edit]


As of February 6, 2024[73]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Canada CAN Sebastian Breza
2 MF Kenya KEN Victor Wanyama (captain; DP)
3 DF Uruguay URU Joaquín Sosa (on loan from Bologna)
4 DF Colombia COL Fernando Álvarez
5 MF Greece GRE Ilias Iliadis
6 MF Canada CAN Samuel Piette (vice-captain)
7 FW Ghana GHA Kwadwo Opoku
8 MF Bulgaria BUL Dominik Yankov
9 FW Uruguay URU Matías Cóccaro
10 MF United States USA Bryce Duke
11 FW Costa Rica CRC Ariel Lassiter
13 FW United States USA Mason Toye
14 FW Nigeria NGA Sunusi Ibrahim
16 DF Canada CAN Joel Waterman
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW Venezuela VEN Josef Martínez
18 MF Canada CAN Rida Zouhir (HG)
19 MF Canada CAN Nathan Saliba (HG)
21 MF Finland FIN Lassi Lappalainen
22 DF Brazil BRA Ruan
23 DF United States USA Ousman Jabang
24 DF United States USA George Campbell
25 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Corbo
26 DF Iceland ISL Róbert Orri Þorkelsson
28 FW Canada CAN Jules-Anthony Vilsaint (HG)
29 MF Canada CAN Mathieu Choinière (HG)
33 GK United States USA Logan Ketterer
40 GK Canada CAN Jonathan Sirois (HG)
44 DF Canada CAN Raheem Edwards

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Nigeria NGA Chinonso Offor (on loan to Arda Kardzhali)

Retired numbers[edit]

20Mauro Biello, forward (1993–98, 2000–09)


As of January 14, 2023[74]
  • Canada Joey Saputo – Owner
  • Canada Gabriel Gervais – President and chief executive officer
  • Belgium Olivier Renard – Vice president and Chief Sporting Officer
  • Canada Salvatore Rivera – Vice-president & Chief Financial Officer
  • Canada Amélie Vaillancourt – Vice-president & Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Canada Samia Chebeir – Vice-president and Chief Marketing Officer

Coaching staff[edit]

As of January 17, 2024[75]
  • France Laurent Courtois – head coach
  • Belgium Laurent Ciman – assistant coach
  • France David Sauvry – assistant coach
  • Cuba Eduardo Sebrango – assistant coach
  • France Romuald Peiser – goalkeeping coach
  • France Barthélémy Delecroix – fitness coach
  • Italy Stefano Pasquali – assistant fitness coach
  • France Louan Schlicht – video analyst
  • Italy Luca Bucci – responsible for the goalkeeping development methodology

Head coach records[edit]

As of February 26, 2024[citation needed]
Coach Nation Tenure Record1
G W L T Win % Win or Tie% Points per game
Jesse Marsch  United States August 10, 2011 – November 3, 2012 36 12 17 7 033.33 52.77 1.19
Marco Schällibaum   Switzerland January 7, 2013 – December 18, 2013 43 17 17 9 039.53 60.46 1.40
Frank Klopas  United States December 18, 2013 – August 30, 2015 83 25 31 27 030.12 62.65 1.23
Mauro Biello  Canada August 30, 2015 – October 23, 2017 93 36 35 22 038.71 62.36 1.40
Rémi Garde  France November 8, 2017 – August 21, 2019 67 28 30 9 041.79 55.22 1.39
Wílmer Cabrera  Colombia August 21, 2019 – October 24, 2019 9 3 5 1 033.33 44.44 1.11
Thierry Henry  France November 14, 2019 – February 25, 2021 35 12 19 4 034.29 34.29 1.14
Wilfried Nancy  France March 8, 2021 – December 6, 2022 77 37 24 16 048.05 68.83 1.65
Hernán Losada  Argentina December 21, 2022 – November 9, 2023 40 15 19 6 037.50 52.50 1.27
Laurent Courtois  France January 8, 2024 – Present 1 0 0 1 000.00 0 0.00





Team records[edit]


This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by CF Montréal. For the full season-by-season history, see List of CF Montréal seasons.

Season MLS regular season MLS playoffs CC Continental / Other Average
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts PPG Conf




Name(s) Goals
2018 1 MLS 34 14 16 4 47 53 −6 46 1.35 7th 15th DNQ SF DNQ 18,569 Argentina Ignacio Piatti 16
2019 MLS 34 12 17 5 47 60 –13 41 1.21 9th 18th W 16,171 Algeria Saphir Taïder 10
2020 MLS 23 8 13 2 33 43 −10 26 1.13 9th 18th PR DNQ CONCACAF Champions League
MLS is Back Tournament
5,439 Honduras Romell Quioto 10
2021 MLS 34 12 12 10 46 44 +2 46 1.35 10th 18th DNQ W DNQ 5,000 Honduras Romell Quioto 9
2022 MLS 34 20 9 5 63 50 +13 65 1.91 2nd 3rd QF SF CONCACAF Champions League QF 14,828 Honduras Romell Quioto 15
2023 MLS 34 12 17 5 36 52 −16 41 1.21 10th 20th DNQ F Leagues Cup GS 15,905 Nigeria Chinonso Offor 5

^ 1. Avg. attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, Playoffs, Canadian Championship, MLS is Back Tournament, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.

All-time continental competition win/loss[edit]

As of July 27, 2023[citation needed]
Club Pld W D L GF GA GD
Costa Rica Alajuelense 2 1 0 1 4 4 0
Mexico América 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2
Mexico Cruz Azul 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1
United States DC United 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
El Salvador FAS 2 2 0 0 4 2 2
Guatemala Heredia 2 1 0 1 2 1 1
United States New York Red Bulls 2 1 1 0 2 1 1
Honduras Olimpia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
Mexico Pachuca 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
United States San Jose Earthquakes 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2
Mexico Santos Laguna 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
Costa Rica Saprissa 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
Mexico UNAM 1 1(p.) 0 0 2 2 0
Total 23 9 7 7 29 28 +1

International results[edit]

As of July 27, 2023[citation needed]
International results
Year Competition Club Nation Venue Result Attendance
2012 Pre-season Friendly Guadalajara  Mexico Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico D 0–0
Tecos W 1–0
Atlas D 1–1
BK Häcken  Sweden Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States W 1–0
Friendly Lyon  France Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 1–2 (pen.) 19,225
Post-season Friendly Bologna  Italy Bologna, Italy L 0–1 1,839
Fiorentina Primavera Florence, Italy W 4–1
Fiorentina W 1–0
2013 Champions League San Jose Earthquakes  United States Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 1–0 15,115
Heredia  Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala L 0–1
San Jose Earthquakes  United States Santa Clara, California, United States L 0–3 6,128
Heredia  Guatemala Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 2–0 13,703
2014 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic Fluminese U23  Brazil Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States W 1–0
Champions League FAS  El Salvador Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 1–0 9,209
San Salvador, El Salvador W 3–2
New York Red Bulls  United States Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 1–0
Harrison, New Jersey, United States D 1–1
2015 Pre-season Friendly Cruz Azul  Mexico Mexico City, Mexico L 0–1
W 1–0
Cuautla W 6–0
Champions League Pachuca  Mexico Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico D 2–2 12,000
Montreal, Quebec, Canada D 1–1, W 3–3 agg. (a) 38,104
Alajuelense  Costa Rica W 2–0 33,675
Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica L 2–4, W 4–4 agg. 17,895
América  Mexico Mexico City, Mexico D 1–1 56,783
Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 2–4, L 3–5 agg. 61,004
2016 Friendly Roma  Italy Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 0–2 20,801
2020 Champions League Saprissa  Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica D 2–2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada D 0–0, W 2–2 agg. (a) 21,505
Olimpia  Honduras Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 1–2
Orlando, Florida, United States W 1–0, L 2–2 agg. (a) 0
2022 Champions League Santos Laguna  Mexico Torreón, Mexico L 0–1
Montreal, Quebec, Canada W 3–0, W 3–1 agg. 13,343
Cruz Azul  Mexico Mexico City, Mexico L 0–1
Montreal, Quebec, Canada D 1–1, L 1–2 agg. 21,388
2023 Leagues Cup UNAM  Mexico Montreal, Quebec, Canada T 2–2, W 6–4 (pen.) 19,619 [77]
DC United  United States Montreal, Quebec, Canada L 0–1 19,619 [78]

Player records[edit]

Ignacio Piatti in 2015

Top appearances (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of February 26, 2024
Rank Pos. Player Nation Career Appearances Ref.
1 Goalkeeper Evan Bush  United States 2012–2020 176 [79]
2 Midfielder Samuel Piette  Canada 2017– 160 [80]
3 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 [81]
4 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014–2019 135 [82]
5 Defender Hassoun Camara  France 2012–2017 134 [83]

Bolded players are currently on the CF Montréal roster.

Top goalscorers (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of October 23, 2023
Rank Pos. Player Nation Career Appearances Goals Ref.
1 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014–2019 135 66 [82]
T2 Forward Marco Di Vaio  Italy 2012–2014 76 34 [84]
T2 Forward Romell Quioto  Honduras 2020–2023 81 34 [85]
4 Forward Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 2015–2016 33 21 [86]
5 Midfielder Saphir Taïder  Algeria 2018–2020 76 20 [85]

Bolded players are currently on the CF Montréal roster.

Top assists (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of February 23, 2023
Rank Pos. Player Nation Career Appearances Assists Ref.
1 Midfielder Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 2014–2019 135 35 [82]
2 Midfielder Patrice Bernier  Canada 2012–2017 151 25 [81]
3 Midfielder Felipe  Brazil 2012–2015 93 24 [87]
4 Midfielder Djordje Mihailovic  United States 2021–2022 61 22 [88]
T5 Midfielder Justin Mapp  United States 2012–2015 82 21 [88]
T5 Midfielder Saphir Taïder  Algeria 2018–2020 76 21 [85]

Bolded players are currently on the CF Montréal roster.

Top wins (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of January 15, 2024
Rank Pos. Player Nation Career Appearances Wins Ref.
1 Goalkeeper Evan Bush  United States 2012–2020 176 64 [89]
2 Goalkeeper Troy Perkins  United States 2012–2014 63 21 [90]
3 Goalkeeper Sebastian Breza  Canada 2021–2022 31 16 [91]
4 Goalkeeper James Pantemis  Canada 2018–2023 34 15 [92]
5 Goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois  CAN 2020– 33 12 [93]

Bolded players are currently on the CF Montréal roster.

Top clean sheets (MLS regular season matches only)[edit]

As of February 26, 2024
Rank Pos. Player Nation Career Appearances Clean Sheets Ref.
1 Goalkeeper Evan Bush  United States 2012–2020 176 40 [89]
2 Goalkeeper Troy Perkins  United States 2012–2014 63 17 [90]
3 Goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois  Canada 2020– 34 12 [94]
T4 Goalkeeper Clément Diop  Senegal 2018–2021 30 7 [93]
T4 Goalkeeper James Pantemis  Canada 2018–2023 34 7 [92]

Bolded players are currently on the CF Montréal roster.

Giuseppe Saputo Trophy[edit]

The Giuseppe Saputo Trophy is awarded to the club's Most Valuable Player.

Year Player Nation Ref.
2012 Patrice Bernier  Canada [95]
2013 Marco Di Vaio  Italy [96]
2014 Andrés Romero  Argentina [97]
2015 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [98]
2016 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [99]
2017 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [100]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [101]
2019 Orji Okwonkwo  Nigeria [102]
2020 Romell Quioto  Honduras [103]
2021 Djordje Mihailovic  United States [104]
2022 Romell Quioto  Honduras [105]
2023 Mathieu Choinière  Canada [106]

Golden Boot[edit]

CF Montréal's Golden Boot is awarded to the club's leading goalscorer.

Year Player Nation Goals Ref.
2012 Patrice Bernier  Canada 9 [107]
2013 Marco Di Vaio  Italy 20 [108]
2014 Marco Di Vaio  Italy 9 [109]
2015 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 11 [110]
2016 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 17 [111]
2017 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 17 [112]
2018 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina 16 [112]
2019 Saphir Taïder  Algeria 9 [112]
2020 Romell Quioto  Honduras 8 [112]
2021 Romell Quioto  Honduras 8 [112]
2022 Romell Quioto  Honduras 15 [112]
2023 Mathieu Choinière  Canada 5 [112]

Note: Only MLS regular season goals count.

Defensive player of the year[edit]

Awarded to the club's best defender.

Year Player Nation Ref.
2015 Laurent Ciman  Belgium [113]
2016 Hassoun Camara  France [114]
2017 Daniel Lovitz  United States [114]
2018 Evan Bush  United States [114]
2019 Bacary Sagna  France [114]
2020 Luis Binks  England [114]
2021 Rudy Camacho  France [115]
2022 Alistair Johnston  Canada [116]
2023 Jonathan Sirois  Canada [106]

Jason Di Tullio Trophy[edit]

Awarded in recognition of the player who best embodied the spirit of “La Grinta” throughout the MLS season.

Year Player Nation Ref.
2022 Tomas Giraldo  Canada [116]
2023 Mathieu Choinière  Canada [106]

Club captains[edit]

Period Player Nation Ref.
2012–2013 Davy Arnaud  United States [117]
2014–2017 Patrice Bernier  Canada [118]
2018–2019 Ignacio Piatti  Argentina [119]
2020 Jukka Raitala  Finland [120]
2021–2022 Victor Wanyama  Kenya [121]
2021–2022 Kamal Miller  Canada [121]
2021– Samuel Piette  Canada [121]


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