The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1992, the team will move from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to Major League Soccer (MLS) starting with the 2012 season.
A longtime powerhouse in Canadian soccer with seven Voyageurs Cup / Canadian Championship titles since 2002, Montreal has been building its first MLS team via the league’s Expansion Draft over the past two weeks.
On Thursday evening, the Montreal Impact adidas 2012 home (now available at World Soccer Shop) and away kits were unveiled at the Montreal Science Centre and via a webcast on the club’s site. The Impact switches technical sponsors from Legea to adidas because of the German firm’s kit deal with Major League Soccer.
According to the club website:
The Montreal Impact and BMO Financial Group, the club’s presenting partner, unveiled the new team jersey in preparation for the club’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2012, as part of a fashion show at the Montreal Science Centre, on Thursday. The two organizations took advantage of the momentous occasion to also unveil the equipment and training gear…
Throughout the evening, Impact players — goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Evan Bush, defenders Nelson Rivas and Zarek Valentin, midfielders Davy Arnaud, Josh Gardner and Sinisa Ubiparipovic, as well as striker Justin Braun — along with Quebec celebrities and club supporters, showed off the team’s new colours in front of 500 invited guests.
Produced by adidas, the official supplier of MLS, the first team jersey is blue, the traditional colour of the club, and the second jersey is white.
Aside from the BMO Financial Group logo across the chest, the new design will contain many new elements, including an embossed cross made up of many small little fleur-de-lys across the front, a strip with the colours of the Quebec flag around the collar, two silver stripes descending the length of the jersey representing the rivers around the island of Montreal and the club’s new motto, “Tous pour gagner” near the collar on the back of the jersey.
Some of the other unique elements include the three striped logo of adidas as well as the MLS logo on the right sleeve and the Canadian flag on the left.
Photo Credits: Montreal Impact