Patrice Bernier’s game seems to keep improving over the years. The 37-year-old midfielder is currently enjoying good moments with the Impact being named to the MLS Team of the Week after Montreal’s last game in NYC a few weeks ago. His recent form brings back in the air the possibility of a return to international soccer.
The timing is ideal. Bernier is rainbow flicking Pirlo like it’s the easiest thing to do and Canada Soccer just appointed a new management team with a lot of pressure to succeed. Of course, the main focus for Octavio Zambrano will stay on development and youth but sometimes good old experience is what it takes to bring every single piece together.
The Canucks haven’t been so successful over the past few years. The team was eliminated from the World Cup campaign this past September and will be looking for maturity to add around the young core of players. The oldest midfielder currently in the squad is Scott Arfield at 28. There will be a need for some mentoring minutes in the middle over the next year and Zambrano could be interest in bringing back the Impact captain.
Bernier himself seems open to the idea but not at any cost. Patrice told recently that he will need to have an important role on the pitch to consider the call-up. ‘‘I’ve never close the door to the National Team but I think they are focusing on youth now. One thing is sure. If I go back it won’t be for sitting on the bench. I want to go there and bring something on the field.’’
Future will tell us if Zambrano is going to consider using Bernier as a solution for the squad. One thing is sure, if Bernier keeps performing like he did at Yankees Stadium it will be difficult for Canada’s new boss to exclude him from the team.