First Day of Training Camp: 31 players and 1 new head coach

I am happy to see you guys too - Jamie Sabau

Five players of the U21 Academy team have been invited to the Montreal Impact's 2013 training camp, in Montreal.

All 22 players under a MLS contact, plus five Academy players will be attending the 2013 training camp of the Impact in Montreal. Three out of the four drafted players in the 2013 MLS Super Draft will be also present, including Brad Stuver, midfielder Blake Smith and forward/midfielder Fernando Monge.

Trialist, Nick Zimmerman will be joining the club in training camp in hope of getting a contract. The ex-Philadelphia Union player and current Carolina Railhawks forward is an interesting addition to the training camp roster. The Impact is doing

Among the Academy U21 players, a big focus will be on midfielder Wandrille Lefevre who has been tagged by the organisation to be very close to getting a pro contract with the club. Another high quality and older prospect is Mircea Ilcu who has an opportunity to be on the permanent squad with the MLS club. With the Impact being thin up front with strikers, Ilcu has a chance to put a final stamp of approval on a permanent stay with the pro club.

Good Luck to all

Full Press Release

The Montreal Impact announced on Sunday the names of the 31 players attending training camp on Monday, at 10:30am, at the Marie-Victorin Sports Complex.

In addition to the 22 players under contract for the 2013 season, five players from the U21 team have been invited: goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, defender Maxim Tissot, midfielders Wandrille Lefevre and Zakaria Messoudi, as well as forward Mircea Ilcu.

Three of the four players drafted last Thursday at the MLS SuperDraft will also be present: goalkeeper Brad Stuver, midfielder Blake Smith and forward Fernando Monge, in addition to trialist Nick Zimmerman.

Goalkeepers (4)
Bush, Evan
Crépeau, Maxime (Academy)
Perkins, Troy
Stuver, Brad (SuperDraft 2013)

Defenders (9)
Brovsky, Jeb
Camara, Hassoun
Ferrari, Matteo
Iapichino, Dennis
Ouimette, Karl W.
Nesta, Alessandro
Rivas, Nelson
Tissot, Maxim (Academy)
Valentin, Zarek

Midfielders (12)
Arnaud, Davy
Bernier, Patrice
Felipe
Lefevre, Wandrille (Academy)
Mallace, Calum
Mapp, Justin
Messoudi, Zakaria (Academy)
Neagle, Lamar
Pisanu, Andrea
Smith, Blake (SuperDraft 2013)
Ubiparipovic, Sinisa
Warner, Collen

Forwards (6)
Di Vaio, Marco
Ilcu, Mircea (Academy)
Monge, Fernando (SuperDraft 2013)
Nyassi, Sanna
Wenger, Andrew
Zimmerman, Nick (On trial)

Schedule for the week

All training sessions at the Marie-Victorin Sports Complex are open to the public.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - Practice 10:30am - Marie-Victorin Sports Complex
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - Practice 10:30am - Marie-Victorin Sports Complex
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Practice 10:30am - Marie-Victorin Sports Complex
Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Practice 10:30am - Marie-Victorin Sports Complex
Friday, January 25, 2013 - Practice 10:30am - Marie-Victorin Sports Complex
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - Day-off
Sunday, January 27, 2013 - Day-off

Click here to get directions to Marie-Victorin Sports Complex.

Training camp in Orlando

Following two weeks of training in Montreal, the Impact heads to Orlando, Florida, from February 7 to 24, to take part in the Disney Pro Classic tournament. The Impact will take on MLS sides Sporting Kansas City on February 9 and D.C. United on February 16, while facing the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) on February 13. The last game will be played on February 23, determined by the final tournament standings.

The Impact will also face the Philadelphia Union in a preseason game on February 15, at EverBank Field, in Jacksonville, home of the NFL's Jaguars.

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