Impact prepares for showdown with Vancouver

The Impact Montréal is taking a bit of a break from its league play these two weeks at the end of May and beginning of June. The team’s schedule features matches against visiting European clubs Fiorentina on 23 May and AC Milan on 2 June – the first at Stade Saputo and the latter at Stade Olympique.

The Impact Montréal is taking a bit of a break from its league play these two weeks at the end of May and beginning of June. The team’s schedule features matches against visiting European clubs Fiorentina on 23 May and AC Milan on 2 June – the first at Stade Saputo and the latter at Stade Olympique.



Squished in between is a third non-league match, this one with significant consequences to Canada’s participation in 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. The Impact face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Match Day Five of the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship. The Impact has already been eliminated, but should it gain a point or better on Wednesday 26 May, so too will Vancouver.



The Impact-Whitecaps match will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet East and Rogers Sportsnet West at 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT. The match will also be streamed live via Sportsnet.ca. Fans can follow the match and join the conversation at www.twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN.



Vancouver needs all three points on Wednesday to force a final showdown with Toronto FC on Match Day Six on 2 June. Standing in Vancouver’s way is Montréal.



Vancouver and Montréal are one-two in the league standings of the United States Soccer Federation Division II. The Whitecaps have 12 points (3-3-1) while the Impact have 11 points (3-2-1).



Out of league play, the Impact played Fiorentina to a 1:1 draw on Sunday 23 May at Stade Saputo. Rookie Reda Agourram opened the scoring inthe 8th minute, but Fiorentina defender evened the score in the 63rd minute on a goal by Harris Seferovic.



It was a positive performance for the Impact, who extended its unbeaten streak to three matches. Next up is the 26 May match against the Whitecaps.



The 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship runs six consecutive Wednesday nights from 28 April to 2 June. The three teams in the competition – Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver – play four games each, with the champion winning the Voyageurs Cup and qualifying for 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League. While Montréal won the championship in 2008, Toronto won the championship in 2009 and is just a point away from winning it all again in 2010.

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