On Saturday, May 26th, the Colorado Rapids will welcome the Montreal Impact to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the first time. The Impact, or in French, Impact de Montréal, started play as the league's 19th club in 2012. Montreal are coming off a 2-1 loss to New York at the Stade Olympique, while Colorado fought back to draw 2-2 with Sporting Kansas City on the weekend.
The 2012 campaign has seen a lot of activity for both Colorado and Montreal. While the Impact put a team together via the MLS Expansion Draft, the Rapids hired a new coach and has seen many new faces join the Rocky Mountain club. The Impact are backed by an ambitious and outspoken owner in Joey Saputo. The club recently signed their first Designated Player in Italian striker Marco di Vaio, and the expansion of the Stade Saputo is nearly complete.
Impact head coach Jesse Marsch has found life difficult in MLS league play outside of the beautiful Stade Olympique. The club is near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-6-3 but can find solace in the fact that their Canadian neighbors Toronto FC, are still winless in league play in the new campaign. They've been awful on the road, with a 1-5-1 record coming away from home.
Colorado will look to improve their home record and the club's main focus will be on its defense going into the match. The Rapids found themselves down 2-0 within the first 15 minutes of the game against Sporting Kansas City. Colorado also could find themselves without the services of Conor Casey as the forward picked up an injury on the weekend. A big crowd is expected on Memorial Day weekend not only to witness a brand new MLS club, but hopefully a Rapids win as they look to move up the Western Conference standings.