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Montreal Impact Off To Fast Start Heading into Rivalry Week

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Jamie Valdez – USA TODAY Sports

This week is rivalry week for Major League Soccer and it will feature many heated rivalry games and some good action-packed games. For the Montreal Impact, they are off to a fast start with two wins in two games.

They lead the Eastern Conference with six points and are only one of two MLS teams in the league with six points. The other team with six points is the Vancouver Whitecaps, who lead the Western Conference standings.

Last year as an expansion team, Montreal finished the season with only 34 points and finishing with a record of 12-16-6 and seventh in the Eastern Conference. This season they have come out as a force to reckon with. In preseason play, Montreal won the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.

So far this season, Montreal has two sold road wins under their belts. In week one, Montreal shocked many soccer fans with a 1-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders. Last weekend, the Impact kept their opening weekend success going with a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.

It is not easy to beat both of those teams, let alone beat them in their houses. Both of those squads have supporter sections that are loud and come out in bunches.

This weekend, Montreal finally has their home opener at Olympic Stadium. They take on their eastern Canadian rival Toronto FC. Toronto is also coming off of last week with a win.

It will be interesting to watch Toronto and Montreal face off. There are multiple reports out there that Toronto supporters are being bussed to the stadium. If they do indeed come out in full force, the stadium will be hopping come opening whistle.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for Rantsports.com. He also writes about MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google+.