The Montreal Impact unveils its schedule for the 2012 season

The Impact will face Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Portland at Olympic Stadium

MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact unveiled Thursday its schedule for the team’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer (MLS). The team will play a total of 34 games, 17 at home and 17 on the road; all of which will be televised (TSN, RDS, TVA Sports). Within each conference, each club will play the same number of in-conference and out-of-conference games.

The Impact will kick off its first ever season in the North American first division on Saturday, March 10, against Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC, at 6pm EST, at BC Place, in Vancouver. The team will then host its season opener at home the following Saturday, at Olympic Stadium, on March 17, against the Chicago Fire, at 2pm.

 

The Impact will then meet TFC on April 7, at 1pm, the Portland Timbers on April 28, at 2pm, the LA Galaxy, 2011 MLS Cup and Supporters Cup champions, on May 12, at 4pm and the New York Red Bulls and star forward Thierry Henry on May 19, at 7:30pm, all at Olympic Stadium.

After playing its 13th game of the season, the Impact will play its first ever MLS game at Stade Saputo, expanded to seat 20,341, on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30pm, against the Seattle Sounders. Since the team joined MLS in 2009, the Sounders have become one of the elite expansion clubs in the history of professional sports, winning the last three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.

The Impact will play its first game against its other big Canadian rival, Toronto FC, on April 7 at Olympic Stadium. The Reds will then return to Montreal to play the Impact at Stade Saputo on June 27 at 7:30pm. The club’s only away game at BMO Field is set for October 20, at 2pm.

The Impact will play 13 home games on Saturday, three on Wednesday and one on a Sunday. In addition, more than half the night games are set for a 7:30pm start.

A HISTORIC GAME 

On top of the significance of the historic first home game for the Montreal Impact, the home opener against Chicago parallels a historic moment in Montreal soccer. It will be 30 years that the Montreal Manic established an attendance record for a soccer game at Olympic Stadium. The Manic beat the Chicago Sting by the score of 3-2 in front of 58,542 supporters, in September 1981, in the quarterfinals of the North American Soccer League playoffs.

In addition, the Impact head coach Jesse Marsch will face the club in which, as a player, he won the MLS Cup in 1998 and the Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

The league’s 17th season will be the longest in its history, from March 10 to December 1, 2012. The 323 games will be broadcast live. A new league record will be broken on April 28, as nine games are scheduled on that day. To see the league’s complete schedule, click here.

Season ticket holders for 2012 are available in five categories, at a cost of $250, $350, $550, $850 and $1,250. It is possible to purchase tickets via the website at impactmontreal.com or by calling 514-328-3668.

2012 MONTREAL IMPACT SCHEDULE






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# DATE OPPONENT VENUE HOME/AWAY TIME (ET)
1 Saturday, Mar 10 Vancouver Vancouver Away 6:00pm
2 Saturday, Mar 17 Chicago Montreal Home 2:00pm
3 Saturday, Mar 24 Columbus Columbus Away 4:00pm
4 Saturday, Mar 31 New York New York Away 4:00pm
5 Wednesday, Apr 4 Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake Away 9:00pm
6 Saturday, Apr 7 Toronto Montreal Home 1:00pm
7 Saturday, Apr 14 Dallas Dallas Away 8:30pm
8 Wednesday, Apr 18 DC DC Away 7:30pm
9 Saturday, Apr 28 Portland Montreal Home 2:00pm
10 Saturday, May 5 Kansas City Kansas City Away 8:30pm
11 Saturday, May 12 LA Galaxy Montreal Home 4:00pm
12 Saturday, May 19 New York Montreal Home 2:00pm
13 Saturday, May 26 Colorado Colorado Away 9:00pm
14 Saturday, Jun 16 Seattle Montreal Home 7:30pm
15 Wednesday, Jun 20 Chivas Chivas Away 10:30pm
16 Saturday, Jun 23 Houston Montreal Home 7:30pm
17 Wednesday, Jun 27 Toronto Montreal Home 7:30pm
18 Saturday, Jun 30 DC DC Away 7:30pm
19 Wednesday, Jul 4 Kansas City Montreal Home 7:30pm
20 Sunday, Jul 8 Columbus Montreal Home 7:30pm
21 Saturday, Jul 14 Philadelphia Philadelphia Away 7:00pm
22 Wednesday, Jul 18 New England Montreal Home 8:00pm
23 Saturday, Jul 21 Houston Houston Away 8:30pm
24 Saturday, Jul 28 New York Montreal Home 7:30pm
25 Saturday, Aug 4 Philadelphia Montreal Home 7:30pm
26 Saturday, Aug 11 New England New England Away 7:30pm
27 Saturday, Aug 18 San Jose Montreal Home 7:30pm
28 Saturday, Aug 25 DC Montreal Home 4:00pm
29 Saturday, Sep 1 Columbus Columbus Away 7:30pm
30 Saturday, Sep 15 Chicago Chicago Away 8:30pm
31 Saturday, Sep 22 Kansas City Montreal Home 1:00pm
32 Saturday, Oct 6 Houston Houston Away 8:30pm
33 Saturday, Oct 20 Toronto Toronto Away 2:00pm
34 Saturday, Oct 27 New England Montreal Home 2:00pm

 

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