Friendly between the Montreal Impact and Olympique Lyonnais will be televised on TVA Sports July 24!

MONTREAL, June 8, 2012 – With just a few days left until the first game ever at the revamped Stade Saputo, TVA Sports, the Impact’s official broadcast partner and the club announced on Friday that the international friendly on July 24 versus Olympique Lyonnais will be televised; start time 7 :30pm.

TVA Sports’ team of experts composed of Frédéric Lord (play-byplay), Oliver Brett (analyst), Elizabeth Rancourt and Antonio Ribeiro (sideline), will be covering this event. Please note that this game has been added to the 22 other regular season games presented by TVA Sports over the 2012 season.

Founded in 1950, Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most successful teams in France. The club won seven consecutive championships, a national record, from the 2001-2002 season to 2007-2008.

“This should be an exciting matchup. Like the fans already know, Olympique is one of the most successful teams in France. French Cup champions in 2012, the club has won the league title on seven occasions and the French Cup five time. As such, we’ll be treated to some very high level soccer on July 24,” said TVA Sports general director, Hugues Léger.”

“We are very pleased that our partner, TVA Sports, will be broadcasting this high level match,” said Richard Legendre, executive vice-president of the Montreal Impact and Stade Saputo. “TVA Sports has once again shown its interest in soccer and in covering more major sporting events. It is important for us to have partners when organizing international games in Montreal.”

Tickets are available, with prices ranging from $20 to $85 (tax included, service charges applicable), the same as for regular season individual tickets for Impact games, via the admission network (1-855-790-1245 /  Group rates are also available by contacting the club.

About TVA Sports

The television station TVA Sports offers a variety of programming, focusing on sports and sports news shows with the reputation worthy of TVA news: a dynamic coverage made up of people with weighty opinions. TVA Sports has concluded a number of long term broadcasting deals with a number of prestigious organizations and events popular with sport fans, including: the Montreal Impact, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Masters, the NBA, the Toronto Raptors, the Davis Cup, Red Bull Crashed Ice, the Ottawa Senators, the QMJHL and the CHL, the UFC, Groupe Interbox, GYM, the Montreal Championship, Champions League, the Dew Tour, the Quebec Open in volleyball and the Vélirium of Québec City.

About the Impact

The Montreal Impact is the city’s professional soccer team. The club came to be in 1993 and now has four teams under its umbrella (pros, Under-21, Under-18 and Under-16), as well as its own sport-etudes program. In second division, the club has won three playoff championships (1994, 2004 and 2009), five regular season titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 2005 and 2006), one Canadian Nutrilite Championship (2008) and took part in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. The Impact has since joined the most prestigious league in North America: Major League Soccer. The Impact played its first five games at Olympic Stadium, having twice played in front of crowds of over 58,000. Stade Saputo, the Impact’s home field since 2008, will be expanded to seat 20,341 seats and will host its first game on June 16, versus the Seattle Sounders FC.