Why Chelsea? I asked.
“My uncle lived in England in the 80’s and became a fan. So it’s in the family now.”
Agonizingly long winter is finally over and the time has come for football/soccer fans to come out in their jerseys. So today I walked my dog, the camera in my bag, wearing my LFC shirt only. I was walking by a group of young man when one of them, wearing Impact shirt, gestured ‘thumbs down’ towards me. He was obviously commenting on my jersey so I approached him to see how could I help the poor soul. Only when I came closer I noticed he is also wearing Chelsea shorts. That explains it, I though, no help.
Born in Montreal, Nick is Chelsea fan by chance (his uncle could have fallen in love with any other club while in England) but he likes Montreal Impact too. Football identities on this continent are complicated. He went to watch Impact game, live, only once, but ‘now that they are in MLS’ he plans to go more often.
Why Impact? I asked.
“It’s Montreal, man!”
The spring is back in town, even if temporarily. I took my first long walk today and spotted this young fellow in Montreal Impact, or Impact de Montréal, shirt. His car had a flat tire so he couldn’t run away. It is fitting for my first spring encounter to wear this shirt. Just two days ago the Impact played its first home game in MLS against the Chicago Fire. 58,912 people attended. I was there and Jamie told me he was there too. Born Montrealer, he admitted how he doesn’t know much about soccer and doesn’t follow any European league. But he will be back to watch Impact. This is good, the buzz about the new circus in town attracts young new fans and not only us who came from elsewhere, addicted already, and missed the beautiful game so much.