2015 MLS season preview: Montreal Impact

  • Joined as MLS’ 19th franchise in 2012
  • Had the league’s worst record last season (W6, L18, D10, 28 pts)
  • Biggest rival: Toronto FC
  • Key Player: Ignacio Piatti

    Piatti joined Montreal from Argentine-side San Lorenzo midway through the season last year, and immediately made an impact. The team’s only Designated Player scored four times in his six appearances, good for fourth on the team for the entire season. With last season’s leading goal scorer Marco Di Vaio now retired, Piatti may be the man for Montreal.

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    Other names to watch:  Jack McInerney, Nigel Reo-Coker, Justin Mapp

    Montreal kicked off 2015 with a draw against Mexican-side Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League, exciting fans of a possible turnaround.

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    source: AP
    Argentine midfielder Ignacio Piatti is Montreal’s only Designated Player.

    Manager: Frank Klopas

    The former U.S. international is entering his third season as the manager and director of player personnel for Montreal. After making the playoffs his first year in charge, the Impact struggled to a last-place finish in the league in 2014. With archrival Toronto FC hoping to challenge for an MLS title, Klopas needs to turn around the direction of the club, or he could be on his way back to the states sooner than expected.

    Outlook for 2015

    Montreal had the fewest points in the league last season while struggling to score, and now the club’s all-time leading goal scorer has retired. Toronto FC has improved and the introduction of New York City FC will cause more problems for Montreal in the Eastern Conference, and I expect them to finish near the bottom of the table once again.