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Dominic Oduro: CONCACAF Champions League MVP Candidate

A quiet off-season acquisition, Oduro has been huge for the Montreal Impact.

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A MLS journeyman since joining the league in 2006, Dominic Oduro joined the ranks of the Montreal Impact during the 2014-2015 off season. The Ghanaian forward settle quickly into Frank Klopas' starting lineup, who coached him at the helm of the Chicago Fire.

His ability to play on the right wing and up front has been one of the keys of the Impact's success in the CONCACAF Champions League. As a speedy winger, Oduro is able to stretch out the defense as much as he can while using his intensity to run at his adversaries and putting pressure on the ball carrier.

As the lone striker, he is an integral part of the Impact's counter-attacks, quick breaks. The blatant jersey pull by a Club America defender on Oduro perfectly embodies what he can do and how he can time his runs. But the most important aspect of his role on the pitch , as a winger or striker, is how it helps Ignacio Piatti.

The team's success depends on Piatti's effectiveness as a second striker and Oduro's impact (pun intended) on the pitch was important, necessary and tactically sharp. His dual role is perfect for any formation used by the technical staff, a staff that is always looking for options, flexibility and tactical choices.

With 4 assists in 5 CCL games, Oduro is already part of history being an integral part of a squad that has continued to shock MLS and CONCACAF.