On Monday morning the Montreal Impact announced that they have re-signed team Captain Patrice Bernier for the 2017 MLS season.
The 37-year-old Montreal native veteran also announced that the 2017 season would be his final season as a player, captain, and a Montreal Impact. Patrice started his career with the Impact back in 2000 and now 16 years later will hang his boots where he started, his hometown, Montreal.
.@pbernier10 de retour en 2017 avec #IMFC >> https://t.co/SjXrfuYKSF— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) January 16, 2017
Captain Bernier’s back in 2017 >> https://t.co/xsCf8HOGnF pic.twitter.com/BjQLFpzU4Y
After the 2017 season is over Bernier will then join the Montreal Impact’s academy in a coaching role. This isn't something new as many former Impact players have joined the team after retirement, notably Impact head coach Mauro Biello.
"I am very excited to be able to finish my playing career at home with the Impact," Bernier said in a club statement. "I am proud that this will be my 18th professional season, including nine with the Impact.
"For my last season, I will give everything for the club and the city, with a hope that we finish with the MLS Cup."
Officiel!! Dernier contrat pro. une dernière aventure ⚪⚫ vivons-le à fond jusqu'au bout. #TousEnsemble #imfc #Montreal❤️ pic.twitter.com/5IZfdwCq6R— Patrice Bernier (@pbernier10) January 16, 2017
"We are very happy and proud to confirm that our captain will be back for another season," Impact president Joey Saputo said. "There was never the shadow of a doubt that Patrice would stay with us, as he belongs to a category of players from Quebec who will always have a place in our club.
"He is an example and a role model for all our players, on the field and outside of it as well."