TFC at Montreal Impact
Stade Saputo – August 22
2020 is a pivotal year for the Montreal Impact. Gone is arguably the club’s best ever player in Ignacio Piatti, who has departed for his native Argentina to play for legendary side San Lorenzo.
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In any other season, the main storyline would be how the Impact are dealing with life after Piatti, but a splashy signing off the pitch has grabbed all of the headlines. Replacing Wilmer Cabrera as manager is French legend, Thierry Henry.
Generally regarded as one of the best players in the history of the sport, Henry’s managerial career has gotten off to a rocky start. His first, and only, prior head coaching job was at Monaco, a club that had scouted Henry since he was 13.
Long story short, Henry was fired after 20 matches, of which only four were wins. Now, Henry is looking for a fresh start, and there is no better way to endear yourself to your home fans than to win a derby match. Well, actually, there might be.
The fans might rather Henry take them back to the playoffs. The Impact have been left out each of the past three seasons, and have been forced to watch from the sidelines as TFC become the biggest club in Canada.
In late August, things get real, and playoff spots will be on the line. This iteration of the 401 Derby could be one of the most compelling yet.
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