Maximiliano Rodriguez joins the Montreal Impact on loan for the 2013 MLS season. The 19-year old midfielder has been with the Argentinos Junior Academy System and also passed through the Atletico Madrid Academy (2007-2009).
This latest move is a sign that not all Impact players comes Italy especially with the trial of Daniele Paponi still ongoing. This is an interesting trend in Major League Soccer as young players from South America are getting try outs and loans spells in North America. We can think of D.C. United's Rafael as a perfect example around that trend.
Where does Maximiliano Rodriguez fit in the Montreal Impact project? Tagged with having raw talent, it will be interesting to see how the Impact will develop him and how this young man can fit in a professional setting.
As noted by colleague Pablo Ortiz, the Montreal Impact have one more international spot to spare.
The Montreal Impact have now 10 of their 11 International player roster spots taken. Paponi could be the last one for 2013. #IMFC— Pablo A. Ortiz (@PabloJinko) April 8, 2013
The Full Montreal Impact Release
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced on Monday the acquisition of 19-year-old Argentinean midfielder Maximiliano Rodriguez who will be on loan with the club for the 2013 MLS season. As per league policy, details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Rodriguez joins the Impact from Argentinos Juniors of the Primera A (Argentina's first division). He was part of Atlético Madrid's youth academy between 2007 and 2009, in Spain, before returning to Argentina. He will train with the Impact's first team starting today.
"He is a young player that has a lot of potential," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "We have been following him for over six months and I also had the chance to see him play in Argentina. He is a technically gifted player with a lot of raw talent. We feel that with some time on the field training with our experienced players and coaches, his talent can be refined. He is a young developmental project with a big upside."
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rodriguez appeared in eight games for Argentinos Juniors since his debut with the club in 2010.
Weight: 180 lbs
Born: April 1, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Acquired: Loaned, April 8, 2013
Previous Experience: Argentinos Juniors (Academy), Atlético Madrid (Academy)