Montreal Impact will have shortest off-season in team history

An overhead shot of the pitch is shown prior to the MLS eastern conference final between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC at the Olympic Stadium. (Graham Hughes/CP)

MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact will open training camp on Jan. 24 at Olympic Stadium before moving to Orlando, Fla., to continue preparation for the 2017 season, the Major League Soccer club announced Tuesday.

It will be their shortest off-season in MLS, having stretched the 2016 playoffs to an Eastern Conference final loss to Toronto FC on Nov. 30.

The Impact will return to the Big O from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13 and then train Feb. 14-25 in St. Petersburg, Fla. They return to Olympic Stadium Feb. 27 to March 3.

They are scheduled to play an as-yet unspecified number of pre-season games against MLS clubs in Florida.

The team’s technical staff will spend Jan. 7-14 in Los Angeles for the MLS combine and the SuperDraft. Montreal has the 19th pick in the first round.

The league has yet to release its 2017 schedule.

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