Patrick Leduc, the former Impact midfielder and now analyst at RDS, who first announced the trade first on his twitter account. The Montreal Impact traded Felipe Martins and the 1st place at the allocation draft to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Ambroise Oyongo, Eric Alexander, an international spot and allocation money.
Oyongo was the player mentioned last week when the rumor started and will fill a big hole in Montreal defense, specifically at the left back position. He is currently playing for Cameroun at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea
With his addition, Frank Klopas can literally align a 100% french-speaking defense if Oyongo is aligned with Hassoun Camara, Bakary Soumare and the newly acquired Belgian, Laurent Ciman.
Eric Alexander is a central/offensive midfielder with some US National Team experience. At 26-year old, he brings more depth to the Impact's roster. With the previous addition of Nigel Reo-Coker and Marco Donadel, the bleu-blanc-noir midfield has experience, quality and did I say experience?
One of the 2012 originals, Felipe made a big splash in MLS showing a lot of potential with both his scoring and passing abilities. The last two year have been more difficult for him especially under coach Klopas , under whome he played at about every position in the starting XI , even as a defensive midfielder.
Maybe a reunion with Jesse Marsh, the new coach of the New York Red Bulls, will help him reach his full potential. It will be very interesting to see in the future what the Red Bulls will do with their 1st allocation spot . But at this point, the Impact has just added 2 big pieces to its squad, especially at the left back position.
Stay tuned at Mount Royal Soccer for more updates as they come.