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Open Letter from Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo

August 7, 2011

Dear Ultras,

Last night at Saputo Stadium, we wrote another page of our club history by unveiling the new logo of the Montreal Impact. It was a night full of emotions that was shadowed by comments that may have been misdirected. The past success of the club has been possible with the collective efforts by our season ticket holders, our supporters, our partners, as well as the players and the staff. Throughout the years Impact fans have supported us even at our lowest and darkest period.

Yes, we are living a tough time on the field, but as we attempt to cross this period, we need the support of all those who have helped us get to where we are today. Yes, we need our supporters.

This organization accepts criticism but I will never agree with personal attacks taken against any individual.

I understand that this final season in the 2nd division has not been to your expectation. Rest assured that it has not been acceptable for me either. However, we should not lose focus of what the future has in store for soccer and the city of Montreal.

To all Ultras, I appreciate that you demonstrated your displeasure, but we certainly would have preferred for you to display it in another manner.

I feel that the future is bright and it is at this time that we need you to shine bright and help guide our journey.

Our entry into MLS was an accumulation of hard work and dedication the supporters have shown towards soccer in Montreal. Let’s continue to work together to make this transition year an enjoyable one.

We have the potential to show the rest of North America why we deserve soccer at it highest form. Let’s build together, in harmony, the bridge to the future.

Best regards,

Joey Saputo
Montreal Impact