2012: The Montreal Impact made their MLS debut with a game against their Western Canadian rival the Vancouver Whitecaps, losing 2-0 on March 10th. They would make their home debut a week later, as a record crowd of 58,912 witnessed the Impact play the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw at Olympic Stadium, with Davy Arnaud score the Impact’s first ever MLS goal. The Impact will play at Olympic Stadium, while their regular field, Saputo Stadium is renovated and expanded for the MLS. They are slated to play their first game at Saputo Stadium in June. They will meanwhile continue to use Olympic Stadium for bigger games in which they expect a larger crowd. At midseason, the Impact acquired 2006 World Cup champion Alesandro Nesta to give a world veteran presence to the club. A five game winning streak late in the summer helped the Impact to a respectable 12-16-6 record which put them in seventh place in the East.
2013: Showing improvement from their inaugural year, the Impact won their first four matches to se the tone early and proceeded to win five of their next nine. But after that, the Impact struggled badly including a six-match winless streak but the team managed to finish the season with their first playoff berth at 14-13-7. But the team was clearly not ready for primetime as they were blanked by the Houston Dynamo 3-0 in the knockout match.
2014: Team leader Alessandro Nesta announced his retirement in the offseason and Davy Arnaud was traded, creating a black cloud on the Impact’s season. Indeed, a 0-3-3 start to their year was a precursor to a six game losing streak during the summer on the way to a 6-18-10 record that left them in the basement of MLS.
2015: Results did not come out of the gate for the Impact, losing three and tying two of their first five matches. A 5-2 stretch followed to put the club back in the mix for a playoff spot, but there was still trouble as a three game losing streak in August led to Frank Klopas’ ouster. The club brought in Ivorian World Cup veteran Didier Drogba for the playoff push and he provided in a big way. Under interim coach Mauro Biello, the Impact improved drastically, spurred along by Drogba’s eleven goals in his eleven matches with the team and six wins in their final nine matches to finish in third place at 15-13-6. In the Knockout Round, the Impact easily dispatched Toronto FC 3-0 to move onto the semis. In that round, the Impact beat Columbus Crew SC 2-1 in the first leg, but dropped a 2-1 decision in the second leg and Kei Kamara’s 111th minute goal sunk the Impact.
2016: Early on, the Impact looked to be the team to beat in the East, coming out with a 4-2-0 run. After a six-match winless steak in the spring, the Impact got to work in getting back up the standings, but inconsistencies in the lineup took a toll on the team and threatened to sink the team. Most notably, Didier Drogba’s tantrum in mid-October over being excluded from a match at Toronto FC was seen as a big splinter in the team’s chemistry. Despite that, they were able to sneak into the playoffs with a fifth place record of 11-11-12. Perhaps spurred on by Drogba’s exit, the Impact took care of DC United 4-2 behind two goals from Matteo Mancosu. This ride wouldn’t stop there as they eliminated the New York Red Bulls in the second round 3-1 with two goals from Ignacio Piatti. Then came Toronto FC for the right to go to MLS Cup. At home for the first leg, the Impact got off to a flying start with three goals before TFC countered with two away goals. In Toronto, the two clubs went back and forth in pouring rain with each having their chance at advancing before heading to extra time with the teams tied at 5 on aggregate and two away goals. That’s where the line would end for the Impact as TFC scored twice to end their campaign 7-5 on aggregate.
2017: Coming within a whisker of MLS Cup, the Impact looked to take the next step. But it was not to be as a five-match winless stretch to start the year doomed the club and they could not gain any traction in the standings. Bad defensive play and lack of goal scoring led the Impact to a ninth-place mark of 11-17-6 as Patrice Bernier announced his retirement at season’s end.
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