Joey Saputo, left, and Nick De Santis PHOTO: MIKE WYMAN
The Montreal Impact’s upper management team, President Joey Saputo, VP Richard Legendre and Technical Director Nick De Santis, met with the media this morning to conduct the team’s first MLS post-mortem and all involved pronounced the patient alive and generally healthy but in need of some fine tuning to thrive in its second season. An upcoming overseas trip could serve as a possible prescription.
“The high point that I’m going to remember from this season is that we reached our objective for ticket sales with an average attendance of almost 23,000 spectators per game, good for third in the league,” said Saputo. “We played four of our last six games to full houses and the average attendance averaged 19,656 during those six games. We had two record crowds of over 58,000 and 60,000 at Olympic Stadium.
“The extraordinary atmosphere at our games is thanks to the exceptional support we get from our fans and has made us a very difficult team to play against at home.”
He then identified a number of things that he did not want to see repeated in the team’s second season.
“We do not want to be close to the playoffs, we want to be in the playoffs. We want to reach our season-ticket subscription objective. We do not want to experience a dip in attendance like we had in our first game at Saputo Stadium. We do not want to leave points on the pitch by allowing so many late-game goals,” he said.
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