The Montreal Impact will open their renovated soccer-specific Stade Saputo at 4:30 p.m. against Sounders FC (KONG 6/16).
Here's some of what they had to say about their new home, and their opponent:
Coach JESSE MARSCHOn the Sounders: They have a lot of quality players on the field who are dangerous. They have a good blend of players who complement each other, who obviously like to play together. I think there are similar philosophies in the way that the two teams play. They are a team that we have a lot of respect for, and we know it will be a tough match.
Executive vice president RICHARD LEGENDREOn the new stadium: “Our first six games were in the Olympic Stadium, which is almost in our back yard,” said Richard Legendre, executive vice president of the Impact. “And we had good (attendance) there with the opening game, and of course the L.A. Galaxy game. The opening game we had 58,000; the L.A. game, 68,000. But the other games were more around 20,000. So our capacity is 20,000, and right now we’re hoping for a sellout on Saturday, but we’re not there yet.”
Midfielder DAVY ARNAUDOn the game: With the new stadium opening we’ve been looking forward to this game for a while now.
On the Sounders: They’re very good. I think they have multiple guys – especially offensively – that can create a lot by themselves. Fredy Montero is always a threat, and scores a ton of goals. Brad Evans and (Mauro) Rosales) and (Alvaro) Fernandez, they have a lot of guys, they have a lot of different places they can hurt you. And I think they’ve been one of the better teams in the league for sure over the past two or three years. It’s not a team where you can focus on any one guy. We know we’re going to be in for a tough game, but we’re confident.
On Montreal opening the season in a temporary stadium, compared to Kansas City, which opened last season with a long road trip before finally opening their new stadium: We’ve had some games mixed in at home. It helps. But it’s tough to go on the road in MLS and get results. …. We’ve played a ton of the game on the road. We’ve let some points slip away. But now is a time with home games where we can pick up a lot of points if you get on a good run. That’s the thing: If we can get on a good run and be confident that we can pick up wins at home, it will really help us.
Midfielder LAMAR NEAGLEOn the stadium: "Coming out to Montreal, I really had no idea what it was going to be like. From the first game we had like 60,000, somewhere around there. The support has been phenomenal. I’m sure with the new stadium, everybody’s going to want to see it. I’m excited to see it and to see our fans there.