Calum Mallace : Rookie in status, Veteran at heart

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The MLS rookie, 2012 2nd round draft pick, has been learning the trade in practices. The natural midfielder has been slotted as a right back but his performance against Houston might has gotten him attention, the good kind.

It's not always the most appropriate time to talk positives in 1-1 draw that eliminates the Montreal Impact, but Calum Mallace's performance was more than interesting in a cut-throat game. The MLS rookie has been quickly slotted as a right back and that experiment did not work out against D.C. United (3-0 loss at DC).

The 22-year old has shown maturity beyond his years when hearing me talk to the media but his game is still raw. With 135 minutes under his belt in 2012, it's a learning curve for the Scottish-native. With 2 games left in the season, it would be a great learning experience for Calum Mallace to play important minutes to assess him even more.

After the 1-1- draw against Houston

We knew we needed to win. The game was fast and we expected that. We tried everything to get the three points

Presence on the field

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We saw a very dynamic presence with some strong pushes up the field for Calum Mallace. Patrice Bernier being the main ball distributor, Mallace focused on a no non-sense defending with 1 interception, 5 clearances and 6 recoveries.

Looking very eager early in the game, Mallace did not look out of place or lost like a deer in the headlights. His only other start in MLS as a right back was very painful to watch but still a learning experience, something that he took with him in his game.

Passing

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Simple ball distributions for Mallace ( with 40+ passes for Bernier), with 28 successful passes for 7 unsuccessful passes.

Not afraid to shoot

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Mallace attempted 3 shots in the game, all in first half. One shot was on target (and saved by Tally Hall), another one was blocked and the third was a miss. It was very surprising and refreshing to see the young player be very

Conclusion:

Need to see more of Calum Mallace with MLS minutes with a total focus on the midfield. I am not telling Jesse Marsch and his staff what to do but Mallace has a very good potential as a MLS midfielder and can be part of the core of the Montreal Impact in the near and long-term future.

With players like Felipe , Bernier and Warner surrounding him, led by Jesse Marsch (a center midfielder himself), the right environment is there for Mallace to thrive.

Good Luck to you Callum Mallace

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