Montreal making a (big) move as MLS season winds down
The North is making noise in the East.
And no, it's not Toronto FC.
The Montreal Impact are unexpectedly in the MLS playoff picture after a steady climb up the standings.
The Impact plummeted to second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference in the 12th week of the season. But they currently sit in sixth — and just above the line for postseason contention. They're five points in front of seventh-place D.C. United, their opponent on Saturday at Audi Field.
Vargas scores lone goal, Impact top Toronto FC
MONTREAL (AP) — Jeisson Vargas scored four minutes before the intermission to lift Montreal to a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC in the Impact's home opener Saturday.
It was the first MLS goal for 20-year-old Vargas and the first win for new coach Remi Garde, who replaced Mauro Biello in December as coach of the Impact (1-2).
New MLS coaches mark new season
Los Angeles FC coach Bob Bradley's victory over Seattle in the team's Major League Soccer debut was the second time he'd guided an expansion franchise to victory in its opener. The first was 20 years ago, when he was coach of the Chicago Fire.
Bradley, while not new to MLS overall, is among a group of six coaches embarking on their first season with new teams. Last season was historic for its turnover.
Former Aston Villa manager Garde hired as Montreal coach
Former Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has been hired as head coach and first team director of player personnel of Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact.
The team said Wednesday that Garde had signed a three-year contract.
Garde coached Lyon from 2011-12 through 2013-14, winning the French Cup title in his first season. He was hired by last-place Villa in November 2015 and left the following March with the club still last. It was relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.