Monday, September 22, 2008

Montreal -- A Passion For Professional Soccer

From The Montreal Gazette:

After a slow start in their first season at new Saputo Stadium in the United Soccer Leagues First Division, the Montreal Impact has turned things around.

After last night's regular-season 0-0 finale against the Puerto Rico Islanders, the Impact have a 12-12-6 record, good for third place in the 11-team league, and have clinched a playoff spot.

The Impact has also advanced to group play in the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League tournament after knocking off Toronto FC of Major League Soccer to earn the right to represent Canada.

This is all great news to Joey Saputo, who was the founding president of the Impact in 1993, still holds that title and spearheaded the construction of Saputo Stadium, which opened in May.

Saputo is the son of Lino and Maria Saputo, who in 1952 immigrated to Canada and laid the foundation for Saputo Inc., the largest dairy processor in Canada and one of the largest in the world.

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