Goalkeeper, Sean Johnson, currently plays in Major League Soccer (MLS) for the Chicago Fire and is also a member of the US Men’s National Team. Go on the road with Johnson this year as he gives you a player’s view into each MLS city, as only he can do. Take a look:
With a three game week ahead of us, we set off on our first stop to Montreal. We were still in search of our first road win in two years. Yes, two years!!! It would prove to be a tough match but we were finally able to overcome what seemed like a bad curse.
We had some time before and after the match to go out and explore the beautiful city. The ambiance really reminds me of my travels to Europe. Such a diverse and exciting place that seems like it has a lot going on at all times leaving tourists like myself many options to keep myself entertained.
I must say that I love all the cities we travel to in Canada. Each have their own amazing qualities. Montreal is definitely top two. I asked my good friend and past teammate, Dominic Oduro, to help give you a more in depth look at the city and what it has to offer. Check out what he had to say:
SJ: What's the vibe of Montreal?
DO: The vibe is good. You have a little bit of American culture, Canadian culture and European culture. It’s like three cultures all mixed together. You have Europe, French-Canadian and US Citizen so you kind of get everything all together and that’s what makes it really unique.
SJ: What are some good areas to hang out in the city?
DO: Obviously downtown. If you want to go somewhere cool the Old Port which is basically where you can hang around. It’s where you have food, nice restaurants, everything, you’re close to the port so you can take a walk by the river. You can’t miss it, it’s everything.
SJ: What’s the best time of year to visit Montreal?
DO: Summer. It’s so freaking cold here. You have summer for like three months so that’s when you want to be here. Good vibe and a lot of energy in the summertime. Wintertime is a grind. It’s similar to Chicago.
SJ: Do you have to speak French? Have you learned the French language?
DO: They are very bilingual so, obviously I’m here and I can only say things like good morning. They speak English too, especially in Montreal. If you go a little bit outside Montreal, it’s different. In Montreal it’s very diverse so it’s not a problem.
SJ: What's your favorite restaurant?
DO: I love Pizza and there’s a place called Nolana across from where I live that’s very good.
SJ: What's it like to play in your stadium?
DO: Well let me say you obviously saw when you came over. The fans are amazing! They just enjoy the game. We have Didier (Drogba), and a lot of fans come to see him. They love it! Hockey season is over so they tend to come to our games and it’s really nice outside so they want to be outdoors. The fans appreciate it.
SJ: I know you love driving fast, what's your dream car?
DO: I like a Ferrari and to see how it would feel in a race. Who doesn’t want to run a Ferrari one day!
SJ: You have 10 sec to tell fans why they should visit Montreal, go!
DO: It is a very fun city! Especially in the summertime. There’s a little bit of European vibe and American vibe and Canadian vibe. You don’t find that in many places. The game is fun, soccer is fun out here. When you come you find over 20,000 fans out here and it’s awesome.