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The Montreal Impact becomes CF Montreal

Owner Joey Saputo made the announcement alongside President Kevin Gilmore.

The team thus turns the page on a chapter of identity almost thirty years old.

The Montreal Impact was born under this name in 1993, after its predecessor in the professional ranks, the Supra, disappeared along with the Canadian Soccer League in 1992.

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The team founded by the Saputo company then joined the American Professional Soccer League and won its first title the following year.

The Impact was relaunched as a non-profit organization in 2001. The team was then very close to dissolution after its takeover by the Ionian financial group the previous year.

It was in 2012 that the Impact arrived in Major League Soccer (MLS) while retaining the same name as when it first began, almost 20 years earlier.

On January 22, 2019, Kevin Gilmore became team president to succeed owner Joey Saputo, who then announced that he was taking a step back in the daily activities of the club he chaired for most of its existence.

Upon arriving, Gilmore said the Bleu-blanc-noir needed to behave like a big market club, act on it and establish themselves among the best in MLS.

At the start of the 2020 season, he launched the campaign The Montreal Impact to reaffirm its attachment as much to the city as to the historical identity of the team. However, the pandemic forced him to play only one match in front of spectators, on February 29, at the Olympic stadium, and two more in front of 250 people, at the end of August.

The year 2021 will mark the 10th season of the Montreal eleven in the MLS.

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