Impact fans can start now to convince their partners to let them spent 13 Saturday afternoons and nights to watch their home team. Like we say in Quebec, it's time to start accumulating ''Air Loose'' points now to redeem them later in the year.
Like any expansion team, the significance of the first game is huge and what is better than playing the Vancouver Whitecaps, a Canadian rival from before, for the now and forever. At BC Place, on March 10, the Impact will get a taste of MLS nectar against a recent expansion team.
The schedule continues to offer a storyline. On March 17, the Impact play their first historical MLS home game against the Chicago Fire at Olympic Stadium. Even though temporary, this is the same stadium that hosted 50K+ fans for CCL quarterfinal vs Santos Laguna and the old Montreal Manic and it's Chicago that will feel the burn of soccer-crazed Montreal fans, thirsty for MLS. Jesse Marsch will get to coach his first home MLS game against the club with which he won the MLS Cup in 1998.
Out of the top 4 teams of the 2011 MLS season, the Impact will be host to two of them with the LA Galaxy ( Beckham-less or not) and the Seattle Sounders. For the away games, Montreal will be travelling to FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake.