Montreal makes its MLS debut when it travels west to face fellow Canadian side Vancouver and reignite a 20-year-old rivalry.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-2-3-1): Cannon; Rochat, DeMerit, Bonjour, Lee; Koffie, Davidson; Chiumiento, Le Toux, Camilo; Hassli.
OUT: FW Etienne Barbara (groin strain); GK Brian Sylvestre (R knee surgery); MF John Thorrington (L quad strain)
DOUBTFUL: FW Atiba Harris (L knee pain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Floyd Franks (lower back pain)
PROBABLE: MF Michael Nanchoff (L heel contusion); MF Russell Teibert (L groin pain); FW Eric Hassli (L knee pain)
|Montreal Impact (4-4-2): Ricketts; Gardner, Wahl, Ferrari, Valentin; Mapp, Bernier, Felipe, Arnaud; Fucito, Braun.||
OUT: DF Gienir Garcia (L ankle sprain); Nelson Rivas (L hamstring sprain); MF Sinisa Ubiparipovic (MCL); DF Evan James (high ankle sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Davy Arnaud (L thigh contusion)
PROBABLE: FW Justin Braun (R ankle sprain); FW Mike Fucito (R ankle sprain
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Montreal and Vancouver Whitecaps FC met in the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championships. Vancouver scored in extra time in the second leg to advance via a 2-1 aggregate score.
- Both teams will be debuting new coaches: Vancouver's Martin Rennie and Montreal's Jesse Marsch.
- Montreal midfielder Davy Arnaud was named captain for the team's inaugural season in MLS. He served as captain the last two seasons in Kansas City.
- The rivalry between Whitecaps FC and the Impact stretches back nearly two decades. Between 1993 and 2011, the two clubs met 55 times, with the majority of those games coming at the North American second division level.
- Impact assistant coach Denis Hamlett was an assistant with Whitecaps FC in 2011.
- The Whitecaps beat the Impact 3-0 at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 24.