Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Preseason Look: Montreal Impact

Last up for my Eastern Conference 2019 MLS preseason preview is the Montreal Impact. A team that comes in as the last team out of the MLS Cup 2018 Playoffs. Montreal has become a team of missing parts and outstanding performers. Ignacio Piatti is the type of player that will keep this team in any game. His talent is at the top of MLS.

What's unfortunate for the Impact this offseason is the right-hand side of the midfield. There's nothing there. I was struggling to fill out their starting eleven. Ken Krolicki and Jeisson Vargas don't appear to have enough to fill this critical hole.

Montreal is a tough sell for players with options, which I think leads to the uneven results we see from this team over the years. They seem to have the talent identification down. It's just getting them in and motivated.

Player Ratings (avg)TransferMarkt Value (000)
1ATL70.965.9$ 52,497$ 6,067
2TFC70.565.7$ 25,027$ 4,315
3NYC70.564.6$ 16,303$ 4,470
4DCU69.756.6$ 21,934$ 2,990
5NYR69.764.9$ 20,192$ 3,745
6MTL69.665.2$ 13,410$ 4,876
7CLB69.366.2$ 24,671$ 4,180
8NER68.764.5$ 13,278$ 5,115
9PHI68.256.5$ 9,933$ 5,529
10CHI67.863.7$ 17,022$ 3,955
11FCC67.564.7$ 11,014$ 4,383
12ORL67.262.2$ 10,365$ 3,309 

Montreal's backline is pretty okay. At second glance, talent is all over this team. They just have to fix a couple spots in the midfield.

77Ignacio PiattiLeft Winger758077
73Saphir TaiderCentral Midfield737670
72Bacary SagnaRight-Back727471
71Samuel PietteDefensive Midfield717169
71Maximiliano UrrutiCentre-Forward717371
69Víctor CabreraCentre-Back696871
68Evan BushGoalkeeper657068
68Zakaria DialloCentre-Back716863
67Rudy CamachoCentre-Back676865
67Mike AziraDefensive Midfield647067
67Daniel LovitzLeft-Back666769
67Jukka RaitalaLeft-Back676866
65Jeisson VargasLeft Winger656765
65Quincy AmarikwaCentre-Forward676565
65Anthony Jackson-HamelCentre-Forward696563
63Ken KrolickiRight-Mid626363
63Clément DiopGoalkeeper606365
62Harry NovilloLeft Winger626961
61Michael PetrassoRight-Back616163
61Shamit ShomeCentral Midfield615862
58Thomas Meilleur-GiguereCentre-Back6458
58James PantemisGoalkeeper5958
55Mathieu ChoinièreCentral Midfield5560
54Jason BeaulieuGoalkeeper5854
0Daniel KinumbeLeft-Back51
0Clement BayihaRight-Back51
0Amar SejdicMidfielder

A competitive team, this will be - but also middle of the pack, will they be.

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