I only realized as I was writing this article that it was Friday the 13th. I am not necessarily superstitious but there was quite some movement around the Montreal Impact. The club announced that Tyson Wahl was traded to the Colorado Rapids for an International Spot in 2014. The Californian native was an interesting addition to the club via the expansion draft. He filled the role of central defender and left back: he was not perfect but he worked hard . He replaced the injured Josh Gardner as the full-time left back but was then himself replaced by Jeb Brosvky, bringing in more defensive assurance and athleticism.
The arrival of Dennis Iapichino has permanently pushed Tyson Wahl down the pecking order. It's a good thing that he finds himself closer home to the West Coast and with a Colorado Rapids team in need for defenders. His versatility was precious for the birth of the Montreal Impact MLS-version and we wish him the best.
From the Montreal Impact press release (about the Tyson Wahl trade):
We want to thank Tyson for his time in Montreal, said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. He was very committed and showed a lot of leadership to this organization. We wish him the best of luck with the Rapids.
Although it wasn't always easy for him during his stay, he remained a true professional from the first day, added Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "We want to thank him for his services and wish him the best in Colorado.
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In other news, Jesse Marsch confirms that Dennis Iapichino will make the trip to Philadelphia but no confirmation whether he will start or not. He also hinted to Alessandro Nesta's possible start against the Houston Dynamo, setting that game as a potential target game for the International defender to play some Major League Soccer.
Montreal Impact -- OUT: DF Matteo Ferrari (R quad strain); DF Nelson Rivas (abdomen); FW Bernardo Corradi (L knee ACL tear); FW Andrew Wenger (L hamstring strain)
Philadelphia Union -- OUT: FW Chandler Hoffman (L big toe fracture); FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms); DOUBTFUL: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee meniscus recovery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Ray Gaddis (R shoulder contusion); PROBABLE: DF Carlos Valdes (R knee contusion); GK Zac MacMath (R ring finger avulsion)
"They are in really good form right now," said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. "Under their new head coach, there is a renewed energy within the group. They have a lot of youthful, mobile players that like to move the ball a lot. They are a version of the way we like to play. We match up well with them and it is an important game for both teams in the standings."
"It's tough to win on the road, but we are playing a team right behind us in the standings," said defender Hassoun Camara. "But it's important to try and get points because it is the key to moving up in the standings. We have some momentum from our win on Sunday and we plan to use some of that to get a result in Philadelphia."