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coming off a strong playoff
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coming off a strong playoff
MONTREAL - No one can accuse the Montreal Impact of standing pat during the Major League Soccer off-season.Eight new names were on the roster Friday when the Impact opened training camp at Olympic Stadium looking to erase bitter memories of a last-place overall finish in 2014.Veteran newcomers included English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, former Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare and Italian midfielder Marco Donadel. The prize signing, Belgian international defender Laurent Ciman, is to arrive Monday.All those new faces that have been brought in kind of erases the memories because they didnt live that terror that we lived last year, said returning striker Jack McInerney. Just playing will help put it behind us.We struggled everywhere last year: injuries, scoring goals, keeping them out of our net. I think the new faces will help us achieve what we want.Montreal took a big step backward last season when, after squeaking into the playoffs in 2013, it made no significant off-season player moves. The Impact finished last with a 6-18-10 record, scoring only 38 goals in 34 games while allowing 58.The only move of note a year ago was firing coach Marco Schallibaum and hiring former Chicago boss Frank Klopas, who returns for a second season.Klopas focused on rebuilding the spine of the team, mainly the central defence and defensive midfield positions.Ciman and six-foot-four Bakary Soumare, acquired in the re-entry draft from Chicago, are likely to be the new central defence. But Montreal also brought in 21-year-old Victor Cabrera on loan from Argentine club River Plate and got 22-year-old Donny Toia in the dispersal draft from the defunct Chivas USA.Donadel, 31, came from Napoli while former West Ham, Aston Villa and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Reo-Coker, 30, also came from Chivas to give captain Patrice Bernier some competition for the holding midfield position.Gone are goalkeeper Troy Perkins, defenders Matteo Ferrari and Heath Pearce, who often formed the central defence last season, as well as defender Futty Danso and midfielders Issey Nakajima-Farran and Gorka Larrea.The Impact also saw the retirement of star striker Marco Di Vaio, who must be replaced. Klopas has two or three forwards in mind and hopes to land at least one before the season begins in March. For now, 22-year-old McInerney is their only experienced striker.The American said hes ready to do the job if needed. First-round draft pick Romario Williams is also a forward.I can only control whats in my own hands, said McInerney. If someone else comes or not, Im still going to put the work in and try to help the team win games.The Impact fixed its attacking midfield last season with the signing of designated player Ignacio Piatti. But the Argentine is recovering from knee surgery and isnt expected to start full training until the team goes to Mexico for the second phase of camp Feb. 8.While the Impact was dreadful in league play, failing to win a road game, the consolation prize was capturing the Canadian Championship and reaching the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.Montreal faces Pachuca in Mexico in a quarter-final Feb. 24 and plays the return leg March 3 at Olympic Stadium.We had a plan on how to improve the team and I think we addressed that, said Klopas. We talked about how we could make the spine of the team a lot stronger and I think weve done that.Were not finished, but I feel happy with where we are right now.The team met Thursday so that the newcomers and some new off-field staff could meet the returning players and management.I think everyones enthusiastic, energized, knowing what the 2014 season was like but also with the moves the club has made, said Bernier, a native of Brossard, Que. Everybody has a blank slate to prove that last year was just a mishap, that it was not the real Montreal Impact.Everybody seems to be abuzz because we also have the (CONCACAF) quarter-finals .That will be an intense, emotional game. So far, you can see everybody has a sense of revenge, to prove we are not the people of last year.Returning veterans like Bernier, midfielders Justin Mapp, Felipe Martins, Dilly Duka and Andres Romero and fullback Hassoun Camara will have some experienced help and leadership from additions like Reo-Coker.Its a very quiet dressing room, I noticed, Reo-Coker said. There are some individual personalities but they dont seem to kind of let that out yet.If we can get great team spirit, togetherness, and bond, its amazing what you can achieve in football. Youre in the right city with the right history behind it and with the fan base that has that European mentality and love for football.He sees no reason why the Impact cant be a contender, pointing to D.C. United, which finished near the bottom in 2013 but was first in the Eastern Conference last season.This league changes so much, he said. Its a fantastic challenge.Evan Bush took over from Perkins as the starting goalie midway through last season. The new backup is former Kansas City keeper Eric Kronberg.One striker the Impact targeted was Alberto Gilardino, but the 2006 World Cup champion from Italy has opted to play in Serie A with Fiorentino. Thatcher Szalay . Its not intended to be some magical formula and doesnt apply any context, like, for example, taking injuries into account. This remedial statistical method has gone 9-5 in picks through the first three rounds. Charley Brock . "I had a pretty good year," the soft-spoken Granberg told with a grin from the teams annual rookie tournament in London. A fourth-round selection in 2010, Granberg is worth keeping an eye on with NHL training camps rolling around in less than a week. The six-foot-two, 200-pound defender may not possess the wow-inspiring theatrics of fellow prospect Morgan Rielly, but nonetheless has a chance to contribute with the Leafs when all is said and done this season. - Major League Soccer is prepared to start its season this weekend even if there isnt a labour deal with its referees and other on-field officials. Dennis Smith . He managed to save par, and went on to put together his best opening round of the year. Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr. Louis Riddick . According to the Globe and Mail, a decision between the NHL and the Players Association should come within the six months. "I can tell you, (a decision) shouldnt take all that long," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Globe and Mail.Stuck in a crowded goaltending situation, Minnesota Wild restricted free-agent goaltender Darcy Kuemper could move overseas for his next contract if he isnt able to secure what he is looking for in the NHL. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Wild would like to re-sign the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native to a two-way contract, but coming off a strong playoff performance, Kuemper would prefer a one-way deal. The Wild already have both Niklas Backsstrom and Josh Harding locked up heading into the season.dddddddddddd The 24-year-old Kuemper is looking at his options in the KHL, but would want a deal with an out clause in case he is able to find an NHL deal to his liking. Kuemper appeared in six playoff games, including five starts, and posted a 2.03 goals against average for the Wild in 2013-14. The Wild were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks. ' ' '
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