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Montreal Impact : Getting to know Laurent Ciman

The Impact added an important piece to his squad last week with the signing of defender Laurent Ciman. To know more about the player and the man I’ve reach out to Philip Harmeling to ask him a few questions about the Belgium international player.

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1-How would you describe Laurent Ciman as a player and a person?

Ciman is a well establish player in Europe, even if he never played with a big club, he got a lot of experience with Standard de Liège in the last 4 years in Champions League, Europa League and also being with one of the top team in Belgium. He also earned 15 caps with the national team. He’s playing with a lot of heart and determination on the field, with a solid reputation of being very physical but always limit from a yellow card.

2-With Patrice Bernier getting old, could he be the Impact Captain in a near future?

He got everything to be the next captain of the Montreal Impact. As a player he got a lot of leadership to bring in and off the locker room. It was also something missing in the team since Nesta left last year. He can give a lot of advice to the younger player and with his character, he’ll speak a lot on the field, every game.

3-To which current MLS player would you compare him?

It’s hard to find a similar player as Ciman in the MLS. For me, he’s a unique player with a north-west European style (big, strong and powerful). Hoping that more players like him will come in the league or with Montreal in the next couple months of years.

4-When you look at the Impact defensive squad right now, who is the best fit to play along Ciman at CB?

I think that a duo between Ciman and Camara or Soumare will be extremely fantastic for the Impact. A real solid pair of international players with a lot of experience will benefit to everyone on the field. The Impact promises a lot about the attack but at the end, they put a lot in the back line.

I would like to thank Philip Harmeling for his precious time and for answering my questions. It was a pleasure for me to work with him. You can follow him on twitter @PhilipHarmeling