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Nesta Fit against the Crew / Daniel Paponi / Snow Storm Warning in Quebec and Orange Balls

A potential snow fall of 15 to 20 cm of snow, Alessandro Nesta almost fit and ready for the Columbus Crew, Daniele Paponi close to know his future with the Impact or lack thereof.

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Fans demand the Orange Ball and the Orange Ball they might get. Reminiscent of many Champions League games played in the snow, Stade Saputo might be covered in snow and there might be a doubt on the quality of the pitch on gameday this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm EST.

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Stellar Defence Back To Normal?

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He did use ''tip-top'' which a good sign when you describe an aging veteran player as important as Nesta. Karl W. Ouimette has done well over the 2 games when he replaced Nesta. But having him the Italian legend is key to the Impact's success. With intentions of ball distributions and control, getting more solid at the back is a plus for Montreal and part of its game plan.

He was good all week and has good qualities -Mauro Biello about Daniele Paponi


Daniel Paponi: A Weekend Of Decisions

The club seems to be satisfied with Daniele Paponi's performance during practice and Mauro Biello confirmed the technical qualities of the young forward. The first MLS international window closes after April 14th 2013. By then, the Montreal Impact would have made a decision on whether or not to sign Daniel Paponi to a contract. The 1-year loan of Zarek Valentin to Norway has potentially unblocked 100-200K$ of space on the salary cap, that could do towards Paponi's salary.

We need to make a decision by this weekend [about signing Paponi] -- Mauro Biello

Signing Paponi would add more depth upfront and another potential partner for Marco Di Vaio. Unfortunately, it would drop Andrew Wenger down the depth chart. The 2012 MLS Draft 1st overall pick is still looking to establish himself as a starter. The 2nd year MLS player is definitively looking for more playing time and with the ''Win Now'' mentality of the club, it might be hard to find.