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Urruti Seals Victory in Pre-season Friendly

Urruti Seals Victory in Pre-season Friendly

Montreal Impact … 1   Philadelphia Union … 0 Al Lang Stadium, St-Petersburg, Florida – A 27thminute front post finish by new striker Maxi Urruti, after good combination work on the right by Sagna and Novillo was enough to secure victory over The Union. While it’s important to bear in mind this is pre-season, Remi Garde will have been pleased with his team’s performance. They were organized, disciplined, and possessed the ball better and more consistently than usual. That’s probably going to be important as they get ready for six road games on the trot once the serious...
Mount Royal Soccer Feb 16, 2019
The Golden Eaglet Who Landed in Montreal

The Golden Eaglet Who Landed in Montreal

A look at the fledging career of Impact’s latest acquisition. Orji Okwonkwo is fond of the Americas. After all that’s where he became a World Champion at under-17 level in 2015, his screamer of a goal in the semi-final helping the Golden Eaglets to a 4-2 success over fancied, Mexico. He played in the final too, in Vina del Mar, Chile, a 2-0 victory over African neighbors, and then continental champions, Mali. Back then a member of Abuja FC in Nigeria’s capital, Okwonkwo was dreaming of a career in one of European football’s elite leagues. Little did he know a return to the...
Mount Royal Soccer Feb 15, 2019
Ex-Impact Strikers ‘Flying High’ in Italy’s Third Tier …

Ex-Impact Strikers ‘Flying High’ in Italy’s Third Tier …

Destination Serie B for Mancosu and Paponi ... Two former Impact strikers are currently on fire in Italy’s Serie C. Matteo Mancosu in his 5 games since joining Virtus Entella, has plundered 4 goals, the last coming on Wednesday evening in his side’s top of the table clash with Pro Vercelli. Mancosu, who struggled to find consistency during much of his time in Montreal, struck in the 9thminute slickly gliding between two the centre-backs onto an inviting through ball, before threading a low shot just inside the ‘keeper’s right-hand post. Not long after, he almost made it two with...
Mount Royal Soccer Feb 11, 2019
Impact Attacking Options Concern

Impact Attacking Options Concern

Impact heads off to Pre-Season Part Two, still lacking forward depth. There was an undoubted feelgood factor Friday night at MTELUS for the launch of the new Impact shirt at the 2019 season kick-off event. Around 1500 fans filled the venue, not only to see the latest in Impact fashion, but to hear from new President Kevin Gilmore, Administrative Director of Soccer Operations Pat Leduc, and Head Coach Remi Garde. It was also a chance to re-connect with the players, briefly back in town before heading off to Florida for Pre-Season Camp Part 2, today (Monday). The atmosphere was one of...
Mount Royal Soccer Feb 4, 2019
That Was the Week, That Was ……

That Was the Week, That Was ……

A Review of All Things Montreal Impact. Pre-Season finally got underway down in Florida as the Impact took on expansion outfit Cincinnati FC, the Ohioans first match of any kind since becoming an MLS club. There were debuts for several players including Maxi Urruti, who played in the first-half team (Impact changed all 11 players at half-time in typical pre-season fashion). Almost inevitably it was Nacho Piatti who put the Montrealers in front, only for old foe, Darren Mattocks to chase down a long through ball to lob Clement Diop for Cincy’s leveller. No more goals were scored,...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 31, 2019
Familiar Approach to First Pre-season Friendly

Familiar Approach to First Pre-season Friendly

Cincinnati FC ……1 Montreal Impact …..1 IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida. As much as I comprehend their usefulness, I hate pre-season friendlies. Dull, boring and chaotic without any narrative of continuity. Pre-season friendlies don’t provide the material of novels, more the staggered collection of unconnected short stories. So I’m glad the first of five is now out of the way and we edge slowly towards the big kick-off, which still feels too far away. But a pre-season game can provide clues to the thoughts of the head coach, even when in the case of this one, it’s not...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 29, 2019
The Week, That Was ……

The Week, That Was ……

A Review of all things Montreal Impact ..... It was an ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’ type of week for Joey Saputo. Commendations were plentiful in the direction of the Impact owner after announcing his Montreal re-org last Tuesday, but trouble wasn’t far away as Bologna, his Italian Serie A club nosedived to a 0-4, home humiliation in a game they were expected to win. It significantly dented the Rossoblu’s chances of avoiding the drop, and hastened the exit of former Juventus and Milan favorite Pippo Inzaghi, replaced as coach, Monday, by Sinisa Mihajlovic. The Serb takes...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 28, 2019
Joey Under Fire !!

Joey Under Fire !!

Impact owner Slams Bologna Players and Runs Gauntlet in Italy The last seven days have been pretty eventful for Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo. First, he announced he would relinquish his position as President of his Canadian football club, then Sunday, he ran a gauntlet of angry fans at the Italian club he owns, Bologna FC 1909. The fans’ anger is rooted in a 14-game winless run in Serie A, Bologna’s longest streak without a win since 1979. After 21 rounds of the Italian Championship they remain perilously close to the relegation trap-door. Opportunity … For Bologna Sunday’s...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 22, 2019
Where did Matteo go?

Where did Matteo go?

The post-Impact life of Montreal’s former Italian striker and the trials of his new club …. Matteo Mancosu cut a disconsolate figure over much his last two seasons in Montreal. To fans, he was as popular as he was frustrating and with his goal-touch deserting him, the Italian found himself benched even at times when a recognized striker was unavailable. Due to his popularity — most will say he was a nice guy — plenty wearing the Bleu/Blanc/Noir have become well-wishers, as he embarks upon the next chapter of his career, back home in Italy. But where, exactly, has he gone? Well,...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 22, 2019
Thorn in Their Side

Thorn in Their Side

Why new Argentine striker, Maxi Urruti has been a thorn in Impact’s side … If you’ve faced a player five times and lost every time, maybe it’s a good idea to be happy he’s joined your team. Since the horrible 2014 season, Max Urruti has been a bundle of trouble for Impact defences whether in the green of Portland or in the red of Dallas. Impact’s first meeting with the Argentine, saw him equalise an Andres Romero opener at Stade Saputo, via the inside of Evan Bush’s post. Timbers went on to record a 3-2 success. Urruti had given Heath Pearce a pretty torrid time that...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 21, 2019
A Week’s A Long Time In Football

A Week’s A Long Time In Football

The arrival in Montreal of Max Urruti (27) was the highlight of the week for Stade Saputo observers. The Argentinian striker finally made it to Montreal, Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal, with an option for 2022. Targetted Allocation money and a first round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft was the trade struck to bring the striker in from FC Dallas. Never prolific, but a steady source of goals, Urruti is looking forward to teaming up with fellow countryman Ignacio Piatti, and playing up top again, having spent the latter half of last season in a deeper role for his...
Mount Royal Soccer Jan 18, 2019
Impact to Hit The Road Early

Impact to Hit The Road Early

Montreal Impact’s decision not to utilize the Big O for early season MLS home fixtures for the first time, in 2019, may yet prove a masterstroke, but it could also see the Montrealers left behind at the starting post, playing catch-up for the rest of the season. You’re forgiven if this sounds familiar. Historically, form over the first six road games (the number they will play on the bounce from the beginning of March) has never been stellar, apart from 2013, when Marco Shallibaum’s freshness inspired the team to a 3-2-1 record and 10 points. Consider too, it’s 5 years since they...

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