Good first impression | The Journal of Montreal

In fact, since the team’s debut in MLS in 2012, it has suffered only one setback in its first outing in front of its supporters, preserving a very good record of six wins, one defeat and three verdicts. null.

So we have every reason to be optimistic in view of the Philadelphia Union’s visit to Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After all, on their first home run of 2022, the team defeated Santos Laguna in style in a 3-0 Champions League Round of 16 victory last week.

big crowd

At the team’s very first home game on March 17, 2012, there was an impressive crowd of 58,912 spectators to witness this historic moment.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw and it was the then captain, the friendly Davy Arnaud, who had the honor of scoring the very first goal in the history of the home team.

With such assistance, you will have understood that the meeting took place at the Olympic Stadium.

This is also where the team played almost all of its first local games, with the exception of two. We will come back to it.

The snow is coming

The team’s third home opener in 2014 had to be postponed for a day.

Indeed, a heavy snowfall made it impossible to use the Olympic Stadium, as we know. We also experienced it again last week due to a good fall of ice.

That 2014 game was played without star player Marco Di Vaio and ended in a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.

If you follow the account from the beginning, you will notice that this is the only defeat suffered by the team in local curtain raiser.


As mentioned, only two home openers were not played at the Olympic Stadium.

In 2019, the team played six games away before being able to perform in front of their fans.

We wanted to ensure that the local opening took place at Stade Saputo.

It was a tough streak for the team, but at least they rewarded the 18,634 fans in attendance with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew thanks to a goal from Harry Novillo. That was after a misplaced passport prevented him from playing a game abroad.

The other home opener that was not played at Olympic Stadium was instead played at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale last year due to COVID which forced the team into exile until mid-June 2021.

Always Piatti

Who is the team’s top scorer in the first home game of the season? We give you a thousand, it’s Nacho Piatti.

The Argentinian, who lifted the supporters from their seats so many times, scored three goals as a curtain-raiser against two for Romell Quioto.

He will not have the opportunity to join him this year since he will be suspended on Saturday due to a red card received in Orlando last week.

And if you’re wondering if the average attendance is good in the home opener, the answer is yes.

During the eight matches played at the Olympic Stadium, there was an average of 32,274 spectators with a peak of 58,912 in 2012 and a low of 21,006 in 2020.

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