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MONTREAL, MARCH 17, 2014 - The Montreal Impact and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) have announced that the successful stay-in-school program called All the Way with the Impact (Jusqu'au Bout avec l'Impact) continues for a ninth consecutive year, designed to promote the importance of persevering in school.

The official English launch will take place on Thursday, March 20 (1:30pm) at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard.

Special guests will be goalkeeper Troy Perkins and technical director Matt Jordan.

Perkins is in his third season with the Impact and ninth as a professional. Last year he surpassed his personal bests in Major League Soccer (MLS) for a second year in row with 33 games played and started, totalling 2,970 minutes. He tied Scott Garlick for ninth place in MLS history with 48 career shutouts on September 7 in New England and led the league with 109 saves, tied for second with 14 wins and 11th with eight shutouts. Perkins completed his college career at the University of Evansville in Indiana.  

Jordan is former star goalkeeper who concluded his playing career with the Impact. A native of Denver, Colorado, he graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and a minor in Sports Marketing. He settled in St. Léonard a few years ago with his family. His children attend Honoré-Mercier and his wife heads the Home and School Association. He is in his fourth year working in the club’s front office after being promoted to Technical Director on December 18, 2013. He previously served as the club’s Director of Soccer Operations after being appointed to the position following a 13-year professional playing career, including his last four with the Impact.

In his role with the club, Jordan works on contract negotiations, player scouting and strategic planning, manages the team’s salary cap and technical operations budget. He also acts as the liaison between the club and the MLS League Office and Players’ Union; while overseeing the day-to-day operations.
"We cannot stress enough the importance of encouraging children to follow their dreams and objectives, and giving them the proper tools to carry them through," said Joey Saputo. “Engaging in school and sports are key elements for our youth to recognize and reach their full potential, and this is the essence of our ambassadors’ motivational message. We are thrilled this year to be able to promote our program to more schools and in the process, reach an ever-growing number of students.”

"We are really proud of the partnership we have built with the Impact," said Angela Mancini. "There are a lot of soccer fans in our schools. We know that their 'stay-in-school' message has been very well received by students, teachers and parents. The Impact players serve as excellent role models."

Over the next few weeks, Impact players will visit several EMSB schools to discuss with kids the importance of staying in school and striving for excellence. Emphasis will be given to the values of initiative-taking, discipline and cooperation in achieving their goals.

As part of the partnership, the traditional “EMSB Night” will take place on Wednesday, May 14 (7:30 pm) at Stade Saputo against either Ottawa or Edmonton. This is part of the Amway Canadian Championship, which involves the five top professional clubs in Canada, in the race to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, which is an international competition between professional clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Tickets can be purchased online for only $10


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213