Montreal: Soccer Town

When David Beckham and the LA Galaxy landed in Montreal ahead of last Saturday’s game against the expansion Impact, a reporter asked the former Manchester United star how it felt to arrive in a “hockey town.”

Without missing a beat, Beckham replied, “I think we’re the hockey town at the moment.” Oh, snap!

(If you’re not an NHL fan, the Los Angeles Kings are on a roll right now, and stand just two games away from the Stanley Cup finals. The Montreal Canadiens failed to make the playoffs.)

Turns out both LA and Montreal are hockey and soccer towns: The Galaxy–Impact game drew a Canadian-record 60,860 fans to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

Check out a cool field-level view of the spectacle:

They didn’t get a win, but Montreal fans got their money’s worth: they got to see the home team go up 1-0 on Davy Arnaud‘s early goal, then they saw a classic Beckham free-kick goal, and then their goalie, Donovan Ricketts, stood on his head to keep it 1-1.

The surprisingly competitive Impact (3-5-3) host New York—sans the injured Thierry Henry—on Saturday, while the Galaxy meet city rivals Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center later that night.


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