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Drogba to join the Impact in 2016, at least for training camp

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The club has released its 2016 preseason information including scheduling and the roster.

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

One chapter of the Drogba saga has ended and hopefully a positive one will start for the Montreal Impact. The club has confirmed that Didier Drogba will join the club in its second preseason trip in Florida.

An initial roster will be in Montreal for 2 days as of this Monday at the Olympic Stadium. That group would then fly to Orlando for phase 1 of preseason.

A second trip will be happening in St. Petersburg,  Florida where more players will join the club and most importantly Drogba.

The Ivorian striker will be making a pitstop in Qatar to prepare his own preseason,  before joining the club.

2016 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER


January 25 and 26 in Montreal (25 players):Alexander, Béland-Goyette*, Bernier, Bush, Cabrera, Camara, Ciman, Choinière*, Dominguez*, Donadel, Fisher, Gagnon-Laparé, Jackson-Hamel, Kronberg, Mallace, Meilleur-Giguère*, Oduro, Oyongo, Pantemis*, Paulmin*, Piatti, Porter, Tissot, Toia, Williams

Absent (11 players): Bekker, Crépeau, Drogba, Lefèvre, Miller, Ontivero, Romero, Salazar, Smith, Venegas, Verso
*FC Montreal player

January 26 to February 5 in Orlando (30 players): Alexander, Béland-Goyette*, Bernier, Bush, Cabrera, Camara, Ciman, Choinière*, Dominguez*, Donadel, Gagnon-Laparé, Fisher, Jackson-Hamel, Jeanine**, Kronberg, Mallace, Meilleur-Giguère*, Oduro, Ontivero, Oyongo, Pantemis*, Paulmin*, Piatti, Porter, Salazar, Smith, Tissot, Toia, Verso, Williams


Absent (7 players): Bekker, Crépeau, Drogba, Lefèvre, Miller, Romero, Venegas
*FC Montreal player
**Trialist

2016 CAMP CALENDAR
January 25: Training at Olympic Stadium
January 26: Training at Olympic Stadium and departure for Orlando
February 4: Preseason game against NYRB in Orlando
February 5: Return to Montreal
February 8-12: Training at Olympic Stadium
February 13: Preseason game against FC Montreal at Olympic Stadium
February 15: Departure for Florida
February 28: Return to Montreal
March 6: First game of the 2016 season in Vancouver
March 12: Opening game at Olympic Stadium against NYRB