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Impact News and Practice Notes: June 12th Edition

COMMERCE CITY, CO - MAY 26:  Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts #1 of the Montreal Impact warms up prior to facing the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on May 26, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
COMMERCE CITY, CO - MAY 26: Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts #1 of the Montreal Impact warms up prior to facing the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on May 26, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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4 days until the re-opening of Stade Saputo as it got its face lift for Major League Soccer.

Injury Report as of June 12th

Two players are listed as being OUT but changes might happen later this week as the game vs the Seattle Sounders . One thing for sure, Nelson Rivas has just been upgraded to a Questionable Status confirming what Jesse Marsch told the media that Rivas should be playing against the Sounders on the weekend.

Nelson Rivas (left knee sprain)

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The Colombian beast picked up a knee injury during a reserve game against the New England Revolution and should be back for the Sounders game. As much as Shavar Thomas and Tyson Wahl are good reliable soldiers, Rivas has proven himself extremely precious for the Impact.

Hassoun Camara (right hamstring strain)

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The right-back / center-back is still recovering from a harmstring strain. With Zarek Valentin back from his calf injury, Hassoun Camara would have probably seen the bench as Jesse Marsch sees him as a center back before anything else. Defensively reliable at right back, Hassoun has shown excellent things and I really find it hard to see him on the bench even if everyone is healthy. Yet again, it's all about coaching choices and Marsch has shown to reward effort, hard work and professionalism.

Evan James (nose fracture)

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The Canadian striker has been practicing with the team but not ready to play in physical encounters while still recovering from a broken nose.

Goalkeeper situation

With Donovan Ricketts picking up an injury in World Cup qualifiers with Jamaica, the hierarchy of goalkeepers might quickly change at the eve of opening game for Stade Saputo against the Seattle Sounders. Greg Sutton is the consummate professional and should be the starting goalkeeper against the Sounders but his last performance against Colorado did not help his case. The young hungry wolf is making a claim to get out that 3rd spot in the pecking order. IF Ricketts is not available for the next MLS game, Bush will obviously become in the top 2. But after watching him play vs the Toronto FC reserve 1 week ago, he might claim a start vs the Sounders or at least one start in the next few games.

Montreal Impact Academy Youssef Daha, who has been grooming Evan Bush, has only praises for the young goalkeeper that he nicknames Captain America. I had the chance to talk to Youssef and he praises Evan Bush technical quality, leadership skills and it showed in the reserve game. Jesse Marsch will decide at the end ,most probably with the support of Preston Burpo the Impact's goalkeeping coach.


Marco Di Vaio back from Florida and off to Roma

It was the big event at practice at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard as Marco Di Vaio, first Designated Player in MLS history, joined his team for his first practice. It was the biggest affluence of media at practice and understandably as Di Vaio wore his first practice gear and participated in a full practice. His teammates and coaching staff have praised his effort on the pitch and a few comments about his quickness and tactical awareness.

Patrice Bernier compares Marco Di Vaio to a Canadian National Team player that he played with

The way he moves reminds me of Tomasz Radzinski.

He leaves Montreal this week for Roma to be '' interviewed'' by the FIGC in the match fixing scandals and should be back in town to be presented to the crowd on June 16th at Stade Saputo.

Marco Di Vaio in his 1st practice