Montreal Impact, sometimes referred to as Impact de Montréal, was originally founded in 1992, but was not granted franchise status in Major League Soccer until 2010. The establishment of the franchise technically makes today's Montreal Impact a seperate club from that which competed in the USL from 1992-2011. Montreal Impact were the third Canadian team to join MLS, after Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps. They entered their first season of competition in MLS in 2012. The team's main rival is Toronto FC. The rivalry is based upon the two cities being Canada's biggest and upon the rivalry between the two cities in other sports; most notably ice hockey.
In March 2012, Montreal Impact drew a crowd of 58,912 to the Olympic Stadium for their first ever home match in MLS, against Chicago Fire. This broke the previous attendance record for a soccer match in the city. In May, the team went one further, attracting a crowd of 60,860 to the Olympic Stadium for a game against LA Galaxy. The match set an all-time attendance record for any soccer match held in Canada.
During the club's first season in MLS, they finished 7th the Eastern Conference and 12th overall. They also reached the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship.
Despite the relative youth of the team, Montreal Impact have managed to attract several high-profile players to the club, including the Italian international trio of Alessandro Nesta, Marco Di Vaio and Bernardo Corradi, as well as current club captain Davy Arnaud.
Montreal Impact play their regular home matches at the Saputo Stadium, which has a total capacity of 20,521 for league games. On occasion, for some of their more high-profile matches, Montreal Impact make use of the Olympic Stadium, which can hold in excess of 60,860 supporters for soccer matches.