The Montreal Impact became the second MLS club to formally announce plans to operate a reserve team in USL PRO as it introduced FC Montreal for the
FC Montreal will mostly consist of young Quebec players in the Impact's development system.
"It is a major change in our structure and the development of soccer
in Quebec," said Impact president Joey Saputo
. "This new team will serve as the final step and transition for our young players before joining MLS. We believe
that it is the best way to prepare them for the top league in North American soccer."
The LA Galaxy already operates LA Galaxy II in USL PRO. The Vancouver Whitecaps hope to operate a USL
PRO club next year in New Westminster, while Real Salt Lake is expected to have a RSL second team play out of Rio Tinto Stadium in 2015 until a new stadium is built at the Utah State Fairpark.
USL PRO also has plans to add teams in Colorado Springs, St. Louis and Tulsa. The Austin Aztex will move up from the PDL, while the Orlando City, which moves to MLS, will relocate to
The Impact also announced plans for a new training center near Stade Saputo. The Impact and its academy teams will train out of the old Caserne Letourneux, beginning in
Saputo also revealed a new management team for the club consisting of Marc Bourassa
, Hugues Leger