L’Impact de Montréal a dévoilé samedi la liste de ses 12 joueurs protégés en vue du repêchage d’expansion, qui aura lieu ce mardi 19 novembre à 17:30 HE.
L’Impact a protégé les joueurs suivants:
le gardien Clément Diop,
les défenseurs Victor Cabrera, Daniel Lovitz et Jukka Raitala,
les milieux de terrain Bojan, Lassi Lappalainen, Orji Okwonkwo, Ignacio Piatti, Samuel Piette, Saphir Taïder, Shamit Shome et Ballou Tabla.
Les joueurs membres du programme Génération adidas de la MLS qui n’ont pas gradué à la fin de la saison 2019, de même que les joueurs formés au club faisant partie de l’effectif et âgés de 25 ans et moins, sont exclus du processus, c’est-à-dire Jason Beaulieu, Mathieu Choinière, Clément Bayiha, James Pantemis, Daniel Kinumbe, Karifa Yao et Thomas Meilleur-Giguère.
Les joueurs suivants peuvent donc être sélectionnés lors du repêchage d’expansion:
Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Il est disponible au repêchage puisqu’il est un joueur formé au club âgé de 25 ans et plus.)
L’Inter Miami CF et Nashville SC, qui amorceront leurs activités en MLS l’an prochain, pourront chacun sélectionner cinq joueurs parmi les joueurs non protégés des autres équipes, excluant les équipes qui ont vu un de leurs joueurs être choisi par le FC Cincinnati l’an dernier, soit D.C. United, les Vancouver Whitecaps FC, le FC Dallas, le Houston Dynamo et les New York Red Bulls.
Notons que les équipes pourront perdre un joueur maximum lors de ce repêchage.
List of protected players by Montreal Impact ahead of MLS expansion draft
The Montreal Impact unveiled on Saturday its list of 12 protected players in preparation for the expansion draft taking place this Tuesday, November 19.
The Impact protected goalkeeper Clément Diop, defenders Victor Cabrera, Daniel Lovitz and Jukka Raitala, as well as midfielders Bojan, Lassi Lappalainen, Orji Okwonkwo, Ignacio Piatti, Samuel Piette, Saphir Taïder, Shamit Shome and Ballou Tabla.
Players who are members of the Generation adidas program who haven’t graduated at the end of the 2019 season, as well as homegrown players part of the roster and aged 25 and under, are not part of the process. Those players are Jason Beaulieu, Mathieu Choinière, Clément Bayiha, James Pantemis, Daniel Kinumbe, Karifa Yao and Thomas Meilleur-Giguère.
The following players can be selected during the expansion draft:
Anthony Jackson-Hamel (available, even though he’s a homegrown player, because he’s aged 25 and over.)
Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, who will both play their inaugural MLS season in 2020, can each pick five players among those who are not protected from other teams, excluding the teams that saw one of their players chosen by Los Angeles FC last year. Those teams are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and the New York Red Bulls.
Teams can lose only up to one player during the expansion draft.
Il s’est engagé pour deux saisons, plus une en option, avec le club canadien.
MONTRÉAL, Québec (le 14 novembre 2019) —
Thierry Henry (42 ans) est de retour en MLS. L’ancien joueur des New York Red Bulls a été officiellement nommé entraîneur de l’Impact de Montréal ce jeudi.
L’ancien coach de l’AS Monaco s’est engagé pour deux saisons, plus une en option.
« Thierry Henry partage notre vision de vouloir élever cette organisation en nous aidant à atteindre nos objectifs sur le terrain, mais aussi à l’extérieur, » a commenté Kevin Gilmore, le président de l’Impact, dans un communiqué. « Il est un compétiteur et un leader qui s’est illustré au plus haut niveau tout au long de sa carrière. Il amène ses aptitudes avec lui à Montréal, un endroit où il veut être. »
Henry retired from his stellar playing career in 2014 after playing his last three seasons with the Red Bulls. Henry began his managing career with the Arsenal Academy in 2015 before becoming an assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian Men’s National Team, earning a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Last season, Henry took his first assignment as a head coach, taking over from Leonardo Jardim and assuming command of AS Monaco in October 2018. However, he struggled with the team, and in twenty games as manager, amassed 5 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats, before his dismissal by the club’s directors.
There are currently four French players on the Montreal roster: Rudy Camacho, who played at Sedan, Zakaria Diallo, former player at Dijon and Brest, former Olympique de Marseille standout Rod Fanni and French international Bacary Sagna.
Henry retrouvera par ailleurs au club son ancien coéquipier au Barça, Bojan Krkic (29 ans), qui lui a souhaité la bienvenue sur les réseaux sociaux.
« C’est un honneur de devenir entraîneur-chef de l’Impact de Montréal et de revenir en MLS, » a déclaré Thierry Henry dans le communiqué.
« C’est une ligue que je connais bien où j’ai passé de très bons moments. Être au Québec, à Montréal, qui a un énorme héritage multiculturel, c’est quelque chose d’extraordinaire. J’ai toujours eu un oeil sur ce club et maintenant j’y suis. »
La reprise de l’entraînement est programmée pour la mi-janvier.
The last day of the MLS season is upon us. It’s called “Decision Day.” For most fans of soccer around the world, that means a final chance for some clubs to survive relegation, or for a club to seal the championship. For MLS, which follows the model of North American sports leagues, the final round of the season is a chance for some clubs to secure a place in the postseason tournament, known as MLS Cup.
For this season, MLS made some changes which definitely gives more emphasis to the regular season and rewards teams for better performances. The post season was revised to a single elimination format which involves single games at the home of the higher seed, rather than two legs that flattened the odds. This means teams are vying to finish high enough in the table to secure a very important home matches in MLS Cup.
All games kickoff Sunday, October 6 at 4 p.m. EDT.
What’s at Stake? Here are the main 2019 MLS Decision Day Storylines:
In the Eastern Conference, three teams – D.C. United (4th place / 49 points), New York Red Bulls (5th / 48 points) and Toronto FC (6th / 47 points) – will be playing for the final spot available to host a playoff game.
In the Western Conference, four teams – Portland Timbers (46 points), FC Dallas (45 points), San Jose Earthquakes (44) and Colorado Rapids (42 points) – are competing for two playoff spots.
The Seattle Sounders FC and Minnesota United are tied for second in the table on 53 points. They play each other in Seattle at CenturyLink Field; the winner secures the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Galaxy can assure themselves of having a home game in the playoffs with a win over Houston. Last year, Houston’s win at Carson cost the Galaxy a spot in the playoffs. Zlatan and company are hoping to set the record straight this time.
Chasing the Golden Boot Award: LAFC’s Carlos Vela is tied for MLS’s most goals in a season record, set last year by Atlanta’s Josef Martínez, at 31 goals. If Vela scores Sunday, he gets the record. Currently at 29 goals for the season, LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is chasing Vela for 2019 top scorer and the record.
Probing 2019 MLS Decision Day Questions:
Eastern Conference: Should Teams Watch out for the Revolution?
With the Eastern Conference qualifiers already set in stone, Atlanta versus New England looks to be the most interesting match of Round 34 on this side of the league.
Atlanta can lock up the number 2 seed in the East with a win against New England combined with a Philadelphia loss or draw.
Ironically, despite winning a lot of matches in their three-year history, the Five Stripes still have not won on decision day. In 2017, Atlanta drew 2-2 with Toronto FC at home. The following season, they were crushed 4-1 at BMO Field. On Sunday they’ll face a dangerous New England Revolution side that come into Mercedes-Benz Stadium on a high.
New England has been looking like a time on the rise under Bruce Arena, riding some serious momentum. New England clinched the seventh and final playoff spot in the east with a 2-0 win over top-seed New York City FC, a team that recently defeated Atlanta United 4-1 in the Bronx.
Toronto FC currently sit sixth in the table, just one point behind the Red Bulls from New Jersey.
Atlanta United has not done well versus the Reds, while the team from New Jersey has won in Atlanta before. It’s reason enough for Atlanta to want to avoid playing either of these sides right away in the first round of the playoffs.
New England comes into Atlanta with nothing to lose. They are in the playoffs, something that looked impossible until Arena took the helm. The pressure sits squarely on Atlanta United. This is Arena’s first visit to Atlanta with the Revolution. The way he sets up New England today could tell us how he may approach a potential playoff rematch. Expect New England to stay compact and look for the counterattack. Columbus Crew used this trategy in Atlanta on September 14th and came away with a win. Frank de Boer’s team failed to find the necessary attacking solutions, and were subsequently punished in transition. How will De Boer adjust? It should be a study in tactics.
Western Conference: Can Los Angeles Football Club Finish With The Most Points In History?
LAFC has been the dominant team this season, with only a couple of blips on the radar. They will likely use the final game of the season to remain focused. As the top seed, after this game they will have a first-round bye that will give them two-and-a-half weeks’ rest. With a win, LAFC have a chance to finish with the most points in a single season. Will they do it?
Can Colorado actually sneak in to the playoffs?
The Rapids had been building up momentum for months. After starting the season 0-9-2, they rallied under interim coach Conor Casey toward something resembling respectability. Robin Fraser took over as the Colorado Rapid’s head coach in late August, with his only previous managerial gig having been with Club Deportivo Chivas USA.
“By the end of the first session, I thought that not only were they a good team, that they have a really good spirit, and a lot of belief in themselves,” Fraser said. “That’s when I felt like this could be a really fun project.”
Now, on the last round of the season the Rapids have a chance, though admittedly a slim one, of making the playoffs. Can they do it? To reiterate, despite having started the season winless through 11 games the Rapids are still alive heading into the final round.
If Colorado upsets LAFC — the best team in the league, already owning the Supporters’ Shield and with the top playoff seed already clinched — and Dallas loses to Kansas City and San Jose loses to Portland, the Rapids are in. Even if the ‘Quakes draw with the Timbers, Colorado can still qualify through tiebreakers if they win by two goals or more. This ‘perfect storm’ isn’t exactly likely. LAFC is the top team, Dallas is at home, and Kansas City is playing only for pride. But wouldn’t it be a great story of overcoming odds?
Colorado has been scoring goals. Kei Kamara and Diego Rubio are both in the double digits (13 and 11, respectively), while Andre Shinyashiki and Jonathan Lewis have come on stronger. Fraser wants to inject a possession style of play but joining so far into the season has made that difficult. Yet he’s optîistic.
“I really admire the character of the team. They care about each other, and I think you see that in how they play, adds Fraser.”
No matter what happens on Sunday, that’s something to build on and carry over. And if they can get into the playoffs they will definitely be a team to watch.
Which club, thePortland Timbers or San Jose Earthquakes, will stumble into the playoffs?
Their game at Providence Park in Portland is the only semi-do-or-die matchup on the schedule in Round 34. Despite going a combined 1-7-3 in September, at least one of them will drag themselves into the playoffs on Sunday afternoon. Portland has played its last three games to a draw. Portland can lose this game and still get into the postseason torunament if Dallas also loses. The Earthquakes, who need a win, won the first meeting between the teams, 3-0.
There is a sense that both teams might be approaching unhappy endings.
This could very well be Diego Valeri’s last game as a Timber. Negotiations over a new contract have not gone well, and the two sides have different demands. Valeri has been the face of the Timbers since his arrival in 2013. He’s gone above and beyond — not just on the pitch, but as an ambassador in the community as well. Yet neither side looks likely to budge at the moment. This might be it.
Moving past Valeri’s situation, the Timbers have had a strange and trying year, summed up by Brian Fernandez’s goal drought and red card that has him suspended for this all-important finale.
San Jose sits just below the playoff line on 44 points. But if you had offered them this position at the beginning of the season — win one, final game and you’re in — surely they would have taken it. The club has done much better under head coach Matías Almeyda in his first year with the team, who has imparted an exciting style of play.
San Jose has slumped late, however. They have lost eight out of 10 since early August. Either opponents have figured them out or Almeyda’s physically demanding high press has ground them down. There are also rumours out of Mexico that Club de Fútbol Monterey are looking for a new manager, and, you guessed it, his name is Matías Almeyda.
Almeyda is a bigger name that most people realise, having been successful in his native Argentina and leading Chivas Guadalajara to the CONCACAF Champions League title just last year Earlier this week, he admitted that links with Monterrey and a return to Liga MX made him “happy.” How quickly the sand can shift in the world of soccer.
Is Seattle or Minnesota a real contender?
The victor of the Sounders-Loons game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle will lock up the No. 2 seed in the west, and home-field advantage all the way to the conference final. However, If Real Salt Lake wins in Vancouver and the LA Galaxy win in Houston, whichever side loses the match at CenturyLink Field would drop to fifth.
Seattle seems to feel rightly disappointed by this year’s performance: “I think anytime we don’t compete for the Supporters’ Shield, with the talent that we have, is a fail,” midfielder Cristian Roldan said this week.
“Maybe it’s more of a redemption-type game for us,” goalkeeper Stefan Frei said. “We’ve had so many opportunities to make a statement game, and we’ve squandered quite a few of them. … We’ve been very, very fortunate. Let’s be honest. I think our season has been not the best. It was nice to finally start on top, but the remainder of the year has been a struggle. At some point, we have to make that statement.”
Minnesota has qualified for the playoffs for the first time. Their highlight moment of the season was a 2-0 away win at LAFC, which is also LAFC’s only loss since El Tráfico on July 19th. Carlos Vela was absent that match. But with the MVP favourite reinstated last weekend at Allianz Field, Minnesota still ground out a 1-1 draw. The Loons formula against Los Angeles was to stay compact, give LAFC possession in less dangerous areas, and have a ruthless mentality on the counter.
The Loons are playing with confidence, no matter the opponent.
Who Will Win The Golden Boot?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is second in the goal-scoring race with 29 goals. In fron is Carlos Vela of LAFC, who has 31 goals, a mark which places him in a tie with Atlanta United Josef Martínez for the most goals in a single MLS season. Zlatan had this to say:
“I am trying to score goals every game, that is part of my responsibility, part of what I have to do to help my teammates,” I have 29 goals in 28 games. If I would have the same amount [of] games like the other ones, it would be different. But now I’m chasing someone that has more games than me. If we score we score, we’ll have to see what the end number will be. If there still is a possibility, we’ll try.”
Still, the LA Galaxy star insists the ultimate aim is to achieve team glory.
“I prefer the collective win, when we win that game, that is more important,” he said. “With the collective success the individual success comes with it. If I can do good for my team, with my team, I know I’m doing good. I’m not focusing on the individual bonuses, I always say it’s like a bonus. Without my teammates those things would not be possible. If I win, it’s my team that wins. Whoever wins the Golden Boot has to think it’s not because of him, it’s because of his teammates.”
Credit to The Athletic for providing inspiration and perspective.
Les Montréalais remporte la Coupe des Voyageurs et Qualifie Pour La Ligue Des Champions de la Concacaf.
Montreal Brings Home The Voyageurs Cup; Earns Spot In Concacaf Champions League. Note: English language content below.
TORONTO, Ont., Canada (September 26, 2019) —
Le Bleu-blanc-noir a mis la main sur la 10è coupe des Voyageurs de son histoire après une séance de tirs au but lors du match retour de la finale du Championnat canadien hier soir au BMO Field à Toronto.
« Ça fait beaucoup de temps que j’attends ça, de prendre un trophée dans mes mains. »
«Ça fait beaucoup de temps que j’attends ça, de prendre un trophée dans mes mains, s’est exclamé Ignacio Piatti en français, prenant le temps de remercier aussi l’ancien entraîneur de l’équipe et ses adjoints. Aujourd’hui, c’est magnifique d’avoir gagné. C’est une victoire d’équipe. »
Lors du match aller, au Stade Saputo de Montréal, l’Impact s’était forgé une avance de 1-0 au cumulatif des buts, grâce à une superbe frappe de Piatti.
La formation montréalaise était privée des services du milieu de terrain Saphir Taïder, qui a reçu une suspension d’un match en raison d’une accumulation de cartons jaunes.
Tsubasa Endoh a encaissé un but à la 70e minute pour les Reds. Malgré des opportunités les montréalais n’ont pas réussi à finir le match en temps régulier.
Aux tirs de but, Bojan Krkic, Daniel Lovitz et Rudy Camacho ont réussi à déjouer Alex Bono à trois reprises pour permettre à l’Impact de s’imposer 3-1.
Toronto avait dominé, mais le vent a tourné en faveur du Bleu-blanc-noir à la 84e minute, lorsque Chris Mavinga a écopé d’un carton rouge pour avoir fauché Lassi Lappalainen devant la demi-lune de la surface de réparation. Toronto évoluait à 10 joueurs.
Le onze montréalais a tenté de fermer les livres à la 90e minute. Une frappe de Piatti a toutefois percuté la barre horizontale, forçant la tenue d’une séance de tir de barrage.
Grâce à cette victoire, le Bleu-blanc-noir participera à la 12e représentation de la Ligue des Champions de la CONCACAF, qui s’amorcera en février 2020.
« C’est une grosse victoire. Particulièrement cette année, avec plus d’équipes en lice, la compétition est plus sérieuse. Ça prouve que le soccer est en ascension ici. De pouvoir représenter Montréal, le Québec et le Canada évidemment, c’est spécial, c’est certain », a déclaré Samuel Piette.
« Ils ont mis les efforts nécessaires et ont fait ce qu’ils avaient à faire sur le terrain. Et ils le méritent, a déclaré l’entraîneur-chef de l’Impact, Wilmer Cabrera. Pour les partisans, pour la ville de Montréal et pour ce club. »
L’Impact tentait de mettre la main sur la coupe des Voyageurs pour une première fois depuis 2014, tandis que le Toronto F. C. visait un quatrième titre canadien consécutif.
C’était la dixième fois que Montréal remportait la Coupe des Voyageurs et la première depuis 2014. Avec cet victoire, L’Impact s’est qualifiée pour la Ligue des Champions de la Concacaf 2020 qui commencera en février 2020. Montréal rejoindra les équipes déjà qualifié au tournoi: UANL, Cruz Azul, Leon et Club America (Mexique), Portmore United (Jamaïque), et Atlanta United et Los Angeles Football Club (MLS).
Montreal Impact defeated Toronto Football Club 3-1 on penalty kicks at BMO Field last evening to win the 2019 Canadian Championship. Toronto’s 1-0 victory on the night meant that the two-game aggregate score was tied at 1-1. Per competition format, the match went straight to penalties.
Absent from the match was Impact midfielder Saphir Taider, who was out due to card accumulation.
The Impact posted a 1-0 win in the opener of the home-and-away series last week at the Stade Saputo thanks to a goal by Ignacio Piatti. He nearly gave Montreal the win late in the second half but his shot hit the crossbar (see video clip above).
Montreal would have surely taken the lead in the 65th minute but for a blatant handball that was missed by the match officials. Despite the protests of the Impact players, VAR is not part of the Canadian Championship competition rules.
Tsubasa Endoh scored Toronto’s goal in the 70th minute. The Reds Chris Mavinga was given a red card in the 85th minute for taking down Lassi Lappalainen just outside the box.
Montreal carried its late momentum into the penalty-kicks session, scoring on all three opportunities. Rudy Camacho, Bojan and Daniel Lovitz converted from the spot for Montreal. Alejandro Pozuelo scored on Toronto’s first attempt but Jozy Altidore hit the crossbar and Patrick Mullins had his shot saved by goalkeeper Clement Diop.
Jonathan Osorio hit the post with Toronto’s fourth attempt, sealing the result.
“We became stronger and our stronger and our confidence grew,” said Impact coach Wilmer Cabrera.
It was the tenth time that Montreal has won the Voyageurs Cup and its first domestic title since 2014.
The Impact thus earn a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League with the victory. Montreal will join UANL, Cruz Azul, Leon and Club America from Mexico in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League, which begins in February 2020. Other qualified teams include Jamaica’s Portmore United and MLS sides Atlanta United and Los Angeles Football Club.
After the match and the on field celebrations, the team went to the locker room, where a celebration with Montreal Impact President Kevin Gilmore broke out.
Gallery (Images: Canadian Press and Montreal Impact)
Miami, Fla. (Thursday, April 25, 2019) by Kenneth Russo
The Impact again demonstrated the ability to rebound, something that’s been on display nine games into the 2019 season. Every time the Impact suffered a loss this season, the club has responded by taking points in the following match, often with strong defensive play and earning a clean sheet.
Such was the case once again on Wednesday night, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, the Impact travelled to New England and made themselves chez soi at a practically empty Gillette Stadium, dominating the hosts in every statistical category en route to a 3-0 win.
The announced attendance of 9,422 seems rather generous to anyone who watched the game.
That Montréal was able to win despite facing a ridiculous travel arrangement is testimony to the resiliency of this year’s ensemble. The club lobbied Major League Soccer officials to postpone Wednesday’s match after its Tuesday commercial flight out of Canada was cancelled. The team waited at Montréal Trudeau International Airport until 10 p.m. Tuesday night only to end up having to come back the next day for a charter flight which itself was delayed. MLS denied Montreal’s request, a denial based squarely for commercial purposes. The team only arrived in Boston the afternoon of the game. The game kicked off on schedule, shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.
The travel debacle is worthy of an investigation into how MLS clubs travel. Major League Soccer has made impressive strides on many fronts in recent years, but if the Montreal Impact’s travel situation proved anything, it’s that the league still has a long way to go in certain areas.
“What we’ve been through the last 24 hours should never happen, but we used it as a motivation to come here. It’s not about convenience for the players, it was a matter of player safety. We’re lucky not to get players injured today.”
Evan Bush, Impact de Montréal goalkeeper
The Impact spent so much time getting from Montréal to Foxborough, Massachusetts by air that it would have been far quicker to simply arrange for a motor coach.
I’ve driven the route from Providence to Montréal many times and it’s an easy six-hour drive. (five and one half hours’ drive to Foxborough, a distance of 539 kilometres [335 miles].) Under the circumstances, it would have been a much less stressful option for the Impact.
Nevertheless, it was Montréal that arrived match-ready.
The Bleu-Blanc-Noir handed the New England Revolution its fourth home loss of the season on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Shamit Shome pounced on an error by Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper to score the game’s opening goal in the 79th minute, then second half substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel added his team’s second and third strikes in the 85th and 93rd minutes, respectively, as part of a late-game brace.
“We are satisfied because the preparation for this game was more than complicated. The group reacted well and did not use this situation as an excuse, but as motivation. They showed that when we are all together, we have a collective force that is good to see on the pitch. We gave them problems tonight with more intensity, while keeping our defensive rigour.”
Montréal head coach Rémi Garde.
Montréal (4-3-2, 14 points) sits second in the table in the Eastern Conference. New England is tenth.
Referee:Nima Saghafi Assistant Referees:Frank Anderson (AR1), Philippe Briere (AR2) Fourth Official:David Gantar VAR:Alan Kelly Weather: 13°C / 57° F and Clear Attendance:9,422
Miami, FL (mardi le 22 janvier 2019) Kenneth Russo –
Le propriétaire de l’Impact de Montréal, Joey Saputo, a annoncé ce matin qu’il quittait la présidence de l’équipe. Un ancien vice-président du Canadien de Montréal, Kevin Gilmore, lui succèdera.
Saputo (54 ans) a fondé le club en 1993. Il a guidé Montréal dès que sa naissance, a dirigé la construction du Stade Saputo en 2008 et l’agrandissement de la stade en 2012. En 2012 l’équipe est entrée en MLS. L’homme d’affaires restera le propriétaire du onze montréalais et de l’équipe de soccer de Bologne, qui évolue dans le Série A (championnat italien).
Kevin Gilmore est un ancien exécutive avec le Canadien de Montréal, connu pour son mandat comme vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation, de 2011 à 2016. Il avait auparavant travaillé avec les Mighty Ducks d’Anaheim et les Kings de Los Angeles (LNH), ainsi que les Angels d’Anaheim (MLB). Il a également supervisé le développement d’un aréna et d’un projet immobilier en Chine pour le groupe Anschutz, entre 2006 et 2009.
The owner of the Montréal Impact, Joey Saputo, announced today that he is stepping down from the club presidency. He will be succeeded by Kevin Gilmore, a former vice president of the Montreal Canadiens.
Saputo (54 years old) founded the club in 1993. He has guided Montreal since it’s founding, directing the construction of Saputo Stadium in 2008, and its subsequent enlargement in 2012. He brought the club into MLS in 2012. He will remain the owner of the Impact as well as the owner of Bologna in the Italian Serie A.
Kevin Gilmore is a former executive with the Montreal Canadiens, serving as executive vice-president and head of operations from 2011-2016. Prior to that, he worked with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), as well as the Anaheim Angels (MLB). He also oversaw a real estate and arena development project in China from 2006 to 2009 for the Anschutz Group.