Montrealers love their soccer. Impact fans aren’t as riotous as Habs’ fans – no one will forget the celebration riots in 2008 after the Canadiens won game seven over the Bruins – but they know how to support their city. When the MLS brought soccer to Montreal last year with the Impact, the fans showed up in droves. In June 2012, the Impact set the record for the largest crowd at a professional soccer match in Canada, with 60,860 at the Olympic Stadium when they played the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Impact now plays all their games next door at Saputo Stadium and the fans have moved with them.
Rowdy Impact supporters are crucial to the team’s success and are a part of the reason they have only lost two games at home this season. If you’ve never been to a game before or have season tickets, take a look at MTL Blog’s Top 5 fans you’ll see at a Montreal Impact game.
If you’re sitting next to Section 132 in Saputo Stadium where Ultras Montreal assembles, you might think you're at a Man U game. The Ultras Montreal are your diehard, euro-type fans. They’re the ones chanting, all decked out in blue and white, jumping for all 90 minutes of the game. Their motto is “always faithful” and they’ve been true to that since they were founded in 2002.
Montreal fans hate Toronto teams whether it’s hockey or soccer. It’s a rivalry that goes beyond sports but plays out most viciously on the pitch/ice. Whenever Toronto’s in town, Montrealers show up to combat the thousands of TFC that invade Saputo Stadium. At both home matches this year, the Impact has beaten Toronto FC, most embarrassingly at the game on May 1 of this year when the Impact shut TFC out 6-0.
The Habs are number one in terms of sports in this city, bar none. But when the ice melts and the hockey season is over, proud Montrealers want another sports team to rally around. At third place in the Eastern Conference, the Impact isn’t a bad alternative to the historic Canadiens.
With all the top-tier universities in Montreal, the city is crawling with international students who live and breath soccer. They’ll maybe go to one or two games during a season, but wont really have much of an allegiance to either team. They’re just going to enjoy the game.
Tailgating is key to any sporting event and these guys are all over it. A bit more relaxed than the Ultras, 127 Montreal always posts up in section 127 of Saputo Stadium. They’re just as diehard as the Ultras, but they’re out in front of the stadium hours before the game grilling meat and drinking beer.
Have you seen these fans before? Did we miss a type that you’ve noticed at the games? Let us know in the comments below.
According to a press release, "repeated incidents of violence, physical and verbal aggression, intimidation and vandalism, as well as numerous reports of unauthorized pyrotechnics, smoke bombs and incendiary devices, continue to grow in section 132."
This section has housed the Ultras groups ASUPMTL and Ultras Montréal 2002 along with several other groups.
As of September 11, "these groups are banned from any activities at Stade Saputo and in relation to any and all official team events and initiatives."
According to CF Montréal, "supporters from section 132" were involved in altercations with visiting Toronto FC fans, who were "physically assaulted" during the last home game on August 27.
The MLS and Toronto FC will no longer provide the "required allocation of away tickets" to any visiting CF Montréal fan for a game in Toronto on October 23.
"The MLS Code of Conduct, as well as Stade Saputo regulations, apply to all fans without exception, to ensure that the experience and environment at each event is safe for fans as well as for the players and staff on the field."
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At around 23 minutes into the game, CF Montréal midfielder Djordje Mihailovic lined up for a free kick on the edge of the box. All at once, the capacity crowd at Saputo Stadium held their breath as Mihailovic began his movement.
He laced a fast, low shot that skimmed its way through the wall but was deftly saved by the Toronto goalkeeper. CF Montréal captain Samuel Piette pounced on the rebound and made no mistake.
The crowd erupted and popped blue smoke, chanting their captain's name and celebrating his first-ever goal at Saputo Stadium.
On Friday, August 27, CF Montréal faced Toronto FC at Saputo Stadium. This was the first 401 Derby contested at Saputo Stadium in over a year and the excitement was palpable.
I was at the game and I gotta say, it was an unforgettable experience.
Teddy Elliot | MTL Blog
Right from kickoff, CF Montréal fans were in fine form, chanting derision at Toronto FC players and making a whole lot of noise.
From holding up scarves proclaiming "F*** Toronto!" to launching firecrackers whenever CF Montréal scored a goal, the supporters are passionate and ravenous. And Montreal scored three goals, so you can imagine the racket.
It would be fair to say that Toronto FC had a very poor game despite scoring one goal and you could feel the flow of the game was affected by how badly they played.
The second half was marred by a stop-start nature despite the fact that Montreal was able to score two goals.
Montreal crashed into the Toronto defence in waves, controlling 60% of the possession and peppering the keeper with 19 shots.
It made for a fun viewing if you were for CF Montréal. I thought to myself, "How nice it is to see a Montreal team win for a change!"
Teddy Elliot | MTL Blog
If I could give Mr. Saputo one piece of unsolicited advice, however, it would be to fix those hot dogs. I was personally victimized by how bad they were.
If you avoid those, you're in for a fantastic experience.
CF Montréal Is Investigating An Alleged Violent Incident At Saputo Stadium
An alleged violent incident at Saputo Stadium on Saturday night has prompted an investigation from CF Montréal.
In an account circulating on Twitter, a CF Montréal supporter claims that their boyfriend was attacked by a group of Ultras Montréal, a supporter's group, for wearing a CF Montreal jersey. The Ultras responded by claiming the individual was intoxicated "to the point of vomiting" and throwing beer on the pitch. They also claim he pushed a young girl.
Club statement following Saturday’s incident in section 132 at Stade Saputo.
The Ultras Montreal group, who launched a petition against CF Montreal in January, is very critical of the team's new name and branding but said that their actions on Saturday had "no connection" with the person's jersey choice.
The individual, however, said that the Ultras "insulted" their boyfriend and "demanded that he take off his jersey."
"I don't know how many people jumped him. He protected himself with his arms and received innumerable blows," the post claims.
The Ultras said it was they who alerted security.
"We remind you that CF Montreal does not accept any act of intimidation or violence at Saputo Stadium," the team wrote in a statement.
"It is crucial for our Club that fans, as well as players from the visiting team, can show up at the stadium safely and without fear of being targeted by such acts."
Quinn, who uses they/them pronouns and goes by a single name, reflected on their historic presence at the Tokyo Summer Games in an Instagram post on July 22, after a match on July 21 against Japan ended in a 1-1 draw.
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is another openly transgender athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Games. But women's +87 kilogram weightlifting is scheduled for August 2, while Quinn has already played one game, with another against Chile on July 24.