The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer announced a change to their head coach position on Wednesday. The Impact announced that Wilmer Cabrera of Cartagena, Colombia has replaced Remi Garde of L’Arbresle, France.
Montreal made a change in head coach even though they are currently in a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 10 wins, 13 losses and four draws, the club has 34 points and are in seventh place in the Conference. Montreal is tied with Orlando City SC and Toronto FC, but Montreal has the advantage, as they have won 10 games, while Orlando City SC and Toronto FC have each only won nine games.
There is a new playoff format in the MLS this season. From 2015 to 2018, the top six teams from each conference qualified for the playoffs with the top two teams from each conference getting a bye to the second round. In 2019, the top seven teams from each conference qualified for the playoffs with the top team from each conference getting a bye to the second round.
It has also been a tough season for Canada’s other MLS squad, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Currently in the basement in the Western Conference with 27 points, the Whitecaps were also eliminated by Cavalry FC 2-1 in the third qualifying round of the Canadian Championship. Cavalry FC is not part of Major League Soccer, and are part of the Canadian Premier League.