Wanyama’s Montreal sponsor Toronto In the MLS opening. 

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Wanyama's Montreal sponsor Toronto In the MLS opening. 
Wanyama’s Montreal sponsor Toronto In the MLS opening. 

Wanyama Victor’s CF On April 17, 2021, Montreal will face Toronto FC in the first game of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

CF Montreal will sponsor Toronto at the Inter Miami CF Stadium, which will serve as the team’s temporary home stadium, according to the MLS schedule published on Thursday.

In their first five league games, they will face Nashville on April 24, entertain Columbus Crew on May 1, and travel to Tinto Stadium to face Vancouver Whitecaps on May 8 and host Inter Miami CF on May 12.

Kenyans Handwalla Bwana (left winger) and Leroy Enzugusi (center) call Nashville home (right-winger).

Minnesota United is in the Western Conference and has Nabil Kibunguchy, a 23-year-old Kenyan-American defender. On April 16, they will face the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field to begin the season.

The Colorado Rapids will play FC Dallas away on April 17, host Austin FC on April 24, travel to Tinto Stadium to face Vancouver Whitecaps on May 2, and then host Minnesota United (May 8) and Houston Dynamo (May 15) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

CF Montreal, which has a new coach in Wilfried Nancy after former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry left the club, will still be in the Eastern Conference in 2021, along with 13 other teams.

Montreal will face six conference opponents in three games: Atlanta United, Cincinnati, Inter Miami, Nashville, Orlando City, and Toronto. CF Montreal will play two games against each of the other seven Eastern Conference teams, as well as two games against Western Conference opponents, Vancouver and Houston.

The top seven teams from each conference will advance to the MLS Playoffs, which kick off on November 19. On December 11, the MLS Cup final will be held.

“As with last season’s matches, each team will follow strict health and safety protocols, including Covid-19 testing on a regular basis,” said CF Montreal before adding that the possibility of playing home games in Montreal “will be studied when there will be developments on travelling protocols, in relation with public health and guidelines from different levels of government.”

On April 6, Montreal, which finished ninth last season, will fly to Orlando, Florida, to complete its training camp.

Wanyama, 29, joined Montreal from Tottenham Hotspur in March of last year and has since appeared in 24 games across all competitions.

He will be unavailable for Kenya’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt on Thursday at Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani.

 

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