Toronto FC getting left behind by Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact players celebrate a goal against Toronto FC earlier this season at the Olympic...

Montreal Impact players celebrate a goal against Toronto FC earlier this season at the Olympic Stadium. (AFP)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:39 AM ET

Rebuild isn’t in Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo’s vocabulary.

In Montreal, it can’t be.

“They don’t accept it,” he said of Quebec supporters in a recent interview with mlssoccer.com.

“If you want instant recognition, you need to be successful, or at least do all the right things to be successful. There’s no such thing as a rebuilding year. You can’t use those words here in this city.”

It’s impossible, as its closest rival, for Toronto FC and its supporters not to gaze on with a bit of bewilderment.

Montreal, in its second MLS season, is a lock to make this year’s playoffs. On top of embarrassing the Reds in Canadian Cup play in May, the Impact has a good shot at the Supporters’ Shield, too.

Suddenly, hosting this year’s MLS Cup inside his city’s Olympic Stadium isn’t so farfetched a year after falling well short of the post-season.


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