Montreal Impact: Start Of MLS Schedule Announced


The Montreal Impact now know where their first three games will take place this season as Major League Soccer announced the opening of their 2015 schedule.

The Impact will host expansion team Orlando City SC on Saturday, March 28th at Olympic Stadium. Contrary to previous seasons, it will be the only game the Impact will host at Olympic Stadium. Their other 16 home games will all be at Saputo Stadium.

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Their home opener will come in their third game of the season as the Impact open the season on the road. They open the season March 7 in Washington against D.C. United and then on March 21 head to New England to face the Revolution.

The complete schedule will be announced in January.

Impact add two more players

After adding Nigel Reo-Coker in the MLS Waiver Draft, the Impact added two players in Stages one and two of the Re-Entry Draft.

In Stage One, the Impact added Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Erik Kronberg. Kronberg will join Evan Bush in the Impact goal and will essentially replace impending free agent Troy Perkins.

Kronberg was the starter for Sporting last season, his eighth in MLS. He went 7-8-5 in 20 games with seven shutouts. He was one of the league’s best keepers through his first 17 games but was sidelined for two months with a broken hand.

In the second stage, yesterday, the Impact picked up defender Bakary Soumane from the Chicago Fire. As per MLS rules, the Impact now have seven days to make a genuine offer for the player.

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Soumane came to MLS in 2007 when he was the second pick in that year’s SuperDraft. In 2008, he was a nominee for the league’s Defender of the Year and was an all-star. In 2009, he went to the French league where he played in 70 games before returning to MLS in 2012.

He came back to the league with Philadelphia but was traded to Chicago in May 2013.

Klopas is surely familiar with Soumane and he adds more depth to the team that will be without Heath Pearce and Matteo Ferrari. The Impact also added Chivas USA defender Donny Toia in the dispersal draft earlier this winter as they try to rebuild their back line.