Adieu NASL, Welcome MLS
Montreal Impact won the last game of the regular season with a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks, in Atlanta. Unfortunately a Minnesota victory over Carolina denied the Montreal Impact from making the 2011 NASL playoffs. A hat trick from Ryan Pore, who has been a clutch player, was not enough as the Montreal club did not have its destiny in its own hands.
Moving away from the negative cloud of a non-playoff season, the 2011 NASL season has seen its ups and downs in Montreal. From the resignation of young promising coach Marc-Andre Santos, a string of losses and draws, to the naming of the new future MLS coach Jesse Marsch, Montreal has made and ridden its own roller-coaster.
On the positive side, the fans of the Impact have had the chance to see some players that came in with some MLS experience, a sort of preview of things to come. Saputo Stadium has had the honor to be home to the Balkan genius Sinisa Ubiparipovic , the latin flair of young Montano and the intelligent and intense Ryan Pore.
It’s now time for MLS preparation headed by Nick De Sanctis, Matt Jordan and Jesse Marsch. This work will involve scouting older and younger players, organising mini-camps to evaluate current squad and potential try-outs. The Soccer Operations team will go through rolodexes , SMS, videos to watch and re-watch,scouting reports to skim through and many games to attend. These steps are vital in the Montreal Impact preparation for the 2012 Expansion Draft and SuperDraft. How you draft, whom you draft, whom you sign as a Designated Player, how you use your allocation money are all part of many steps towards the building of a MLS franchise.
Montreal is honoured to be part of the MLS and the MLS is honoured to welcome Montreal. Other MLS fans will have the chance to see and discover the passion of soccer in Montreal, a passion that group of supporters like the ”Ultras Montreal” will be able to claim as their own against The Sons of Ben of Philadelphia or the Timbers Army of Portland.