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Mount Royal Soccer Apr 13, 2021
CF Montreal 2021 Season Preview

CF Montreal 2021 Season Preview

INTRO - After sneaking into MLS Play-offs in 2020, via the very last spot available (9th), the former Montreal Impact will be hoping for better in 2021, not least because only the top 7 progress. The club has a very different look about it after the off-season. Gone is head coach Thierry Henry and there’s been a huge transfusion of new playing personnel while many others have departed for pastures new. Sporting Director Olivier Renard has been a very busy man but is quietly confident of the team’s chances, despite potentially having to play all home games in Fort...
Mount Royal Soccer Apr 9, 2021
Montreal’s Mr Nice Guy Defenders

Montreal’s Mr Nice Guy Defenders

I wonder how close he was here? Alessandro Nesta never picked up a yellow card while playing for the Impact although he looks a little incensed in this pic. He did however incur one straight red. | Photo by Kevin Casey/ Who are the guys who did it cleanly... a little fun with numbers... Fans tend to look at who gets the most when it comes to goals, assists, yellow cards and reds etc, but we’ve decided to look at our defensive nice-guys in this morning...Have you ever wondered who Montreal’s ‘cleanest’ defender has been down thorough the years? If there’s a...
Mount Royal Soccer Apr 8, 2021
Montreal Electric!

Montreal Electric!

GE Appliances President, Mike McCrea and CF Montreal President, Kevin Gilmore celebrate the announcement of a multi-year partnership between the brand and club. With this new sponsorship, GE Appliances is now an official partner of all three Canadian MLS teams. Electrical giant now sponsor to all three Canadian MLS clubs... If the club formerly known as the Montreal Impact are ever looking for a new name.... No! Wait! That’s enough. Let’s not stir the you know what...But yesterday CF Montreal entered into a new three-year deal with GE Appliances Canada.“We are...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 29, 2021
Kizza Talks Henry Departure & Wanyama

Kizza Talks Henry Departure & Wanyama

Mustafa Kizza (centre, yellow boots) pictured before making his AFCON debut this afternoon in Blantyre, Malawi. The ‘Cranes’ lost 0-1 and exited the competition. 21-year-old back in homeland for international break reflects on his early days in Montreal... Mustafa Kizza has been telling local Ugandan press about life at CF Montreal. In particular their interest centred in how things were for the 21-year-old playing under coach, Thierry Henry.In an interview with the Nairobi-based Daily Monitor, Kizza said, “Thierry? My first time meeting him I was a bit nervous...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 29, 2021
Big Day for Kizza & Uganda

Big Day for Kizza & Uganda

Mustafa Kizza who hopes to make his AFCON debut for Uganda in their big test against Malawi today. Cranes need a point for finals qualification Never mind Canada for a moment, there’s a bigger game going on today for one of CF Montreal’s international brethren.Mustafa Kizza, yet to make an appearance in Africa’s premier Continental championship is in the frame for the left-back spot as Uganda travel to Blantyre to take on Malawi. The Uganda Cranes need a point to ensure qualification for a third successive finals, a remarkable turnaround in the country’s...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 29, 2021
Canada U23s- A Brave Display Unhinged

Canada U23s- A Brave Display Unhinged

Zorhan Bassong and James Pantemis combine to thwart Sebastian Cordova of Mexico in last night Olympic Qualifying semi-final. | Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/ Mexico U23 .... 2 Canada U23.... 0 Last night’s final within a semi-final, was won predictably by Mexico, but not before a brave performance from Canada had threatened to derail the Mexican marvels.The visitors never really looked like scoring however they had done enough to unsettle the Mexicans whose frustration boiled over in a sixteen player melee deep into first-half injury time. The hosts by then...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 28, 2021
Canada in Land of The Giant!

Canada in Land of The Giant!

Canadian u23 captain Derek Cornelius celebrates his goal against Honduras. The Canadians are sweating on the Vancouver man’s fitness for this evening’s decisive game. U23’s seek a Guadalajara Miracle As Canadian u23 coach, Mauro Biello said in his press-conference yesterday, “We are preparing to play the giant of CONCACAF...”The former head coach of Montreal Impact is under no illusion as to the enormity of task confronting his young team this evening, but he’s also grateful for the opportunity...“We talk about probably one of the biggest achievements...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 24, 2021
New Pod - Glory In Guadalajara on Road to Qatar?

New Pod - Glory In Guadalajara on Road to Qatar?

Samuel Piette is expected to win his 50th international cap against Bermuda tomorrow evening. he will be the second Quebecer to reach the landmark after Patrice Bernier (56 caps)... The Ball Is Round - Episode 21 This week, episode 21 of The Ball Is Round has an undisputed international flavour...We feature the Canadian World Cup bid starting tomorrow evening, the U23’s in Guadalajara as they attempt to become the first Canadian team to qualify for an Olympics since 1992, welcome back to CF Montreal first-team business, Jason Di Tullio and talk about pre-season plans...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 24, 2021
International Game Time at a Premium For Kizza and Johnsen

International Game Time at a Premium For Kizza and Johnsen

Bjorn Johnsen was left out of Norway’s match-day squad for the meting with Gibraltar this evening, so didn’t get to add to his 16 caps and 5 goals. | Photo by Trond Tandberg/ Neither Montreal man seeing action as their countries did battle today... Bjorn Johnsen didn’t make Norway’s match day squad as they kicked off this week’s World Cup qualifying triple header with a 3-0 win over Gibraltar at Victoria Stadium,The new Montreal striker will be hoping to be more involved on Saturday when Norway hosts Turkey, impressive 4-2 winners over Holland.The Norwegians...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 23, 2021
Montreal Announce Florida Warm-Ups

Montreal Announce Florida Warm-Ups

Al Lang Stadium in downtown St Petersburg, a venue frequented by Montreal Impact on several occasions. CF Montreal will play against hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies there on Sunday 11 April, six days before facing Toronto FC in the opening MLS fixture of 2021. Two games scheduled before the serious business begins against Toronto FC Montréal will warm-up against two USL sides after they leave for Florida on April 6th.USL League One side Tormenta FC (or to give their full name, South Georgia Tormenta FC) will be Montreal’s first-ever opponent under the new CF Montreal...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 23, 2021
Resilient Haiti Matches Canada

Resilient Haiti Matches Canada

Zachary Brault-Guillard made several foraging runs for Canada but his crossing often failed to find a target. | Photo by Refugio Ruiz/ Canada .... 0 Haiti ..... 0 It was perhaps predictably disappointing.It just seems to be the way things are when Canada meets Haiti in soccer. Or when Canadian optimism and hope rises a little too swiftly.It’s not as though Canada didn’t have chances to win this game and put daylight between themselves and Honduras, they did, but on a night when Tajon Buchanan and Ballou Tabla left their shooting boots at home, Canada were left...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 22, 2021
Kiki Struna Trains With New Team-Mates...

Kiki Struna Trains With New Team-Mates...

There was a first look this morning at Kiki Struna (left) in training.... ... or at least with those not away on international duty... The big news at Centre Nutrilait this morning was the arrival of Kiki Struna at training...But it wasn’t a case of meeting all his new team-mates. Another three; Sam Piette, Kamal Miller and Joel Waterman departed yesterday for Florida to join up with the Canadian MNT ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.That makes it a total of ten currently away on international when you add, James Pantemis, Zachary...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 22, 2021
Djordje Shines in Guadalajara

Djordje Shines in Guadalajara

Montreal’s Djordje Mihailovic (#8) celebrates his goal for USA against Dominican Republic during yesterday’s Olympic qualifiers. | Photo by Refugio Ruiz/ Montreal midfielder claims goal and assist during USA’s latest Olympic qualifying victory. We still haven’t caught a glimpse of him in Montreal colours, but Djordje Mihailovic made some ripples yesterday at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Guadalajara.The 22 year-old full international emerged from the bench in the 62nd minute for the USA u23s, who were making hard work of beating Dominican Republic.The...
Mount Royal Soccer Mar 21, 2021
Three Montreal Players Called Up For WC Qualifiers

Three Montreal Players Called Up For WC Qualifiers

Samuel Piette pictured here in action against the USA in 2019, looks certain to return from his latest international call-up as the latest Canada Soccer half-centurion. He needs only one more cap to reach 50. | Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Piette, Waterman and Miller head south for games against Bermuda and Cayman Islands Samuel Piette looks almost certain to become Canada’s latest half-centurion in international football having been called up along with Montreal team-mates Kamal Miller and Joel Waterman for the World Cup double-header in Orlando and Bradenton,...

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