Montreal Impact announce the retention of 11 players

Jim Rogash

The Montreal Impact also announce that midfielder Bryan Arguez, forwards Bernardo Corradi and Miguel Montano will not be back in 2013

The Montreal Impact have announced today that 20 players are under contract for the 2013 season and confirming that it has exercised options on 11 players which where:

This adds to the initial list the Joey Saputo announced at the post-mortem conference in which he declared that nine players were returning with the club before the Italy post-season tour: Patrice Bernier, Davy Arnaud, Marco Di Vaio, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari, Nelson Rivas, Felipe, Troy Perkins and Andrew Wenger

This is no guarantee for any players to actually be on the roster when the 2013 season starts but some names are obviously here to stay. This gives an image and an idea on what the team will look like in training camp and possibly in March, with some arrivals and departures.

Still without a head coach, another filter might happen but it might mostly be in the area of arrivals but we will wait and see.

Full press release:

MONTREAL - With just a couple of hours before the MLS Re-entry draft, the Montreal Impact announced on Friday that the club exercised its option on 11 players. The Impact now has 20 players under contract for the 2013 season.

The club exercised its option on goalkeeper Evan Bush, defenders Jeb Brovsky, Hassoun Camara, Dennis Iapichino, Calum Mallace, Zarek Valentin and Karl W. Ouimette, as well as midfielders Lamar Neagle, Sanna Nyassi, Collen Warner and Sinisa Ubiparipovic.

Nine other players were confirmed for 2013 in the post-mortem conference: Patrice Bernier, Davy Arnaud, Marco Di Vaio, Alessandro Nesta, Matteo Ferrari, Nelson Rivas, Felipe, Troy Perkins and Andrew Wenger.

"We are very pleased to be able to bring back the majority of our team for 2013, including several key members." said sporting director Nick De Santis. "We feel very strongly about the foundation of the team that has been put in place. We look forward to seeing this group continue to grow together as we direct our focus on the challenges of 2013."

In addition, midfielder Bryan Arguez, as well as forwards Bernardo Corradi and Miguel Montano will not be back with the club in 2013.

The two stages of the Re-entry draft are set for this Friday at 3pm and then Friday, December 14, while the MLS SuperDraft will be held on January 17 in Indianapolis.

2013 roster (as of December 7, 2012)

Goalkeepers (2): Bush, Perkins
Defenders (8): Brovsky, Camara, Ferrari, Iapichino, Nesta, Ouimette, Rivas, Valentin
Midfielders (8): Arnaud, Bernier, Felipe, Mallace, Neagle, Nyassi, Ubiparipovic, Warner
Forwards (2): Di Vaio, Wenger

2013 Training Camp

For a second consecutive year, the Montreal Impact will take part in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tournament in Orlando, Florida, in preparation for the 2013 season, from February 9 to 23. Packages to travel to Florida are available via impactmontreal.com.

Season Tickets

2013 season tickets are now available in seven categories, at a cost of $295, $385, $475, $580, $770 and $1070. You can assure your spot for the 2013 season by contacting the Impact's sales and services team at 514-328-3668.

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