VERONA, ITALY - MAY 15: (R-L) Bernardo Corradi of Udinese competes with Kewin Constant of Chievo during the Serie A match between AC Chievo Verona and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on May 15, 2011 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
Bernardo Corradi has officially signed with the Montreal Impact as announced via press release on the Montreal Impact website. Having joined the team in the last days of pre-season camp in Orlando, the Italian striker showed good attitude and professionalism during his trial with the Montreal club.
The 35-ear old played for clubs such as Spain's Valencia, Italy's Parma, Lazio and Udinese. At 6'3, he will bring more size up front and his European experience will be more than appreciated. A young striker like Justin Braun might enjoy Corradi's presence more as a learning experience than just plain competition.
As you can hear in our previous post , on Wednesday, Bernardo Corradi confirmed that talks were about to conclude with the Montreal Impact and it was a question of time. As confirmed by TVA Sports 's Elizabeth Rancourt when she asked Corradi, the contract would probably be short term with an option. No confirmation on the player's availability for the team but there is probably a minimum waiting period to have an international clearance to transfer to Montreal.
Jesse Marsch expresses his excitement to have Bernardo Corradi on board
"It's been good to have Bernardo here with us for a couple of weeks," said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. "He's shown in that time that he's a good player, a good leader and has great experience. We are excited to have him as a part of our group and we feel he can help us be a better team."
Bernardo Corradi confirms the good feeling and connection between the club and himself
"I'm happy to join the club and the Impact family," said Corradi. "I had a feeling early on that it would be a good fit for both sides. Now, I will do my best to help the team reach the level that this club and this city deserve."