"Nacho, Nacho man, I want to be a nacho man". These lyrics come to mind every time I see Ignacio Piatti. Born in Argentina, he spent most of his young career playing for different teams throughout the country, as well as a small stint with Italian club Lecce between 2010 and 2012.
In 2014 he left his beloved club San Lorenzo, (which is also the pope’s favorite team) and came upto the Great White North and play for the Montreal Impact.
Before Piatti signed the contact to play for Montreal, rumors started circling across MLS and North America that the Impact were in talks to sign a DP Argentine by the name of Piatti. Instantly fans thought it could be Pablo Piatti, the winger from Valencia but if you ask me the Piatti we got is just as good if not better. Initially Nacho stayed at San Lorenzo in order to play in the Copa Libertadores and would then continue to play in the tournament until August 13th when he reported to Montreal.
When Piatti joined the Impact, it was an instantaneous success scoring 4 goals in 6 games and building amazing chemistry with former Impact striker and currently all-time leader in goals Marco Di Vaio. This was one of the few bright spots it what would be an abysmal season.
He gave the Impact hope for what is to come in 2015.
Leader inside and out
To start the 2015 MLS season, Marco Di Vaio's retirement left the Impact without any true goal threat as well as a gap in leadership. With Patrice Bernier falling out of favor with now former coach Frank Klopas, the team turned to Piatti in hopes he could turn the team in the right direction.
At first things didn’t go as planned, Piatti had to travel home to Argentina on multiple occasions. Once after the passing of his beloved grandfather and then once more when his dad fell ill which he thankfully recovered. These hardships only made Piatti stronger and grow as a top MLS player, he finished the year on a high note leading the Impact to their second playoff appearance and helping them win their first ever playoff game against bitter 401 rivals Toronto FC.
Before the start of the new season, the rumor bug caught Piatti and it was rumored that the Impact were offered 5 million dollars for the services of the Argentinean maestro. Nothing happened and whether thos rumors had ahint of truth or not is not important anymore.
With a good start to the 2016 MLS season (2-0-1) , he has already scored 3 goals in 3 games. Ignacio "Noodle Legs" "Nacho" Piatti ,or whatever you want to call him ,is the best player on the team and so far looks like one of the best players in MLS. He was compared to the Messi of MLS and while this is a fitting comparison in my mind, I like to look at Ignacio Piatti as the Piatti of MLS.