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MLS 2015 Season Preview: Montreal Impact

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As the 2015 season beckons, we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what the Montreal Impact will be looking to achieve this year.

The 2015 season will be Montreal Impact‘s fourth year competing in Major League Soccer after joining from the NASL for their first taste of MLS in 2012. Montreal Impact fans won’t need reminding how poor they were last season. They were statistically the worst team, racking up just 28 points and finishing bottom of both the Eastern Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings. So 2014 is a year they’ll want to forget quickly, but head coach Frank Klopas and his side can certainly use it as a learning curve for future developments.

Last season’s finish: Eastern Conference position: 10th – P34 – W6 – D10 – L18

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What needs to change this year?

It’s as obvious as it gets, but they need to stop losing so many games. Only Chivas USA suffered more defeats in 2014 and the defensive issues need addressing urgently. They will be hoping to replicate the 2013 campaign which saw them amass 49 points and qualify for the playoffs, but it’s going to take some serious hard work and plenty of hours on the training ground.

Key changes to the squad:

Ins: Kristian Nicht – Goalkeeper, Bakary Soumare Defender, Ambroise Oyongo Defender, Marco Donadel  Midfielder, Nigel Reo-Coker Midfielder, Eric Alexander Midfielder, Dominic Oduro Forward, Laurent Ciman – Defender, Donny Toia – Defender, Eric Kronberg – Goalkeeper, Victor Cabrera – Defender

Outs: Troy Perkins – Goalkeeper, Matteo Ferrari – Defender, Krzysztof Krol – Defender, Felipe Martins – Midfielder, Marco Di Vaio – Forward, Issey Nakajima-Farran – Midfielder

Key player: Eric Alexander – Midfielder

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Acquiring the services of Eric Alexander from the New York Red Bulls is fantastic news for Montreal Impact. He was a key player at the heart of the Red Bulls midfield in 2014 and helped them to an MLS Cup Conference Final. A player of his quality arriving can give the whole camp a boost in morale as well as improve the performances of the team on the pitch.

One to watch: Ignacio Piatti – Midfielder

Ignacio Piatti is currently Montreal’s only Designated Player. The Argentinian arrived in August 2014, but only featured six times before limping off injured in September against San Jose Earthquakes. It transpired that Piatti was suffering from tendinitis in his left knee and required surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the season. He managed to notch four goals in his six appearances and could be crucial to the Impact in his 2015 return.

Predicted finish: Eastern Conference – 10th

Unfortunately for Montreal, other teams are attracting big name players and building some formidable squads. Despite some shrewd offseason business, their squad simply doesn’t have the quality, nor strength in depth to be able to compete for a playoff position. It’s a harsh reality, but anything other than last place would probably be seen as a success this year.

How will Montreal Impact fare in 2015?

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5 Comments on MLS 2015 Season Preview: Montreal Impact

  1. @Impact__Fan // February 20, 2015 at 4:57 PM // Reply

    Ignacio Piatti, probably the best player who was plying his trade in South America last year, will play a whole season and Laurent Ciman, who was on the Belgium World Cup squad, might not be big names but they are definitely 2 of the best players in MLS. I imagine it’s way easier to simply use last year standings…

  2. Those two players will definitely help the Impact but are not on the level of Kaka/David Villa/Giovinco and the fact is there are better teams in the Eastern than IMFC. Would be good to see Montreal finish higher this year but it will take a huge effort. A good start is key.

  3. Ignacio Piatti will certainly have an impact this season – no pun intended. Laurent Ciman is a solid acquisition, but he can’t be expected to come in and single-handedly propel Montreal into the playoffs. It’s a tough call, but with every squad looking ominous, it’s tough to see Montreal staking a real claim for a playoff spot. It will be great for MLS if they can, but we will see.

  4. Forgot the addition of Reo-Coker and Donadel at midfield + Oyongo left back (if he arrives envetually). Camara-Soumare-Ciman-Oyongo could be one of the best defense in the entire league. Defensive midfield with Donadel Reo-Coker and Bernier as depth is formidable and Romero/Duka – Piatti -Mapp/Oduro is more than respectable for attacking mids. The only position that Montreal needs to strengthen is striker. Too many people putting too much valueon big names, but we have to look at the squad overall. They’ll probably not finish first, but they will most certainly not finish last.

    • There is no question over the quantity of players available in the squad and Montreal certainly look stronger than they were last season. But the quality of players is another question and other sides in the Eastern Conference look so strong. It will be extremely competitive, so the Impact have got their work cut out if they have playoff aspirations.

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