The recruiting process was out in the open, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Montreal has added Italian midfielder Marco Donadel to the fold as they attempt to win the CONCACAF Champions League and improve in Major League Soccer (yes, it usually works in reverse order).
A 31-year-old defensive midfielder, Donadel comes to Montreal after three years at Napoli that featured a loan stint to Hellas Verona. Prior to that, the AC Milan youth product spent 7 seasons and almost 200 matches at Fiorentina.
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So out walks Italian striker Marco Di Vaio and in walks an Italian mid in Marco Donadel. Montreal manager Frank Klopas is pretty happy.
“We are pleased to add Marco to our roster,” said Impact head coach and director of player personnel Frank Klopas. “He will bring a lot of experience and leadership to our team, as well as quality in the middle of the field. He has the right mentality and character going forward for next season and Champions League.”
“I am very pleased with this opportunity to join the Impact,” said Donadel. “Since the first training session in Montreal, the club made me feel like a part of their family. Throughout this process, I felt like the Impact really wanted me to be a part of the team. I would like to thank all those who helped make this possible. I am really looking forward to January to get this adventure started.”
Donadel played 184 regular season games with ACF Fiorentina, 11 UEFA Champions League games, 15 UEFA Cup games and 14 Coppa Italia games from 2005 to 2011.
Donadel hasn’t been as big a factor in the past few seasons in Italy, so it’ll be interesting to follow how big of an impact — pun unfortunately intended — that he’ll be able to make in Quebec.