Remi Garde and the Montreal Impact have been making quite some noise with signing rumours this offseason and one that could be interesting is that of former Toronto FC product, Michael Petrasso.
The Toronto native spent 2 years in the Toronto FC academy before the then 17-year old departed to English side, Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in 2012. Petrasso played an integral role for QPR at the U-18 level that won the Professional development league 2. In that same year, he also made several appearances for the U-21 squad.
The former 2014 Canadian U-20 Male Player of the Year had his fair share of involvement with the Canadian National Team. He played for Canada’s U-17, U-20 and U-23 team prior to gaining his first debut with the senior side, a friendly vs. Azerbaijan in 2015. We should also note that he was a part of Canada’s squad in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 2011 and CONCACAF U-20 Championship in 2013.
Michael Petrasso also played an instrumental role in Canada’s run to the Quarter Finals in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Although he was mainly deployed as a winger/midfielder while plying his trade in England, he was tried as a right-back under Octavio Zambrano.
Although a relatively minor transaction, the acquisition of Michael Petrasso could potentially reap rewards for Remi Garde’s side.
Even though the pacey winger had a promising career in the youth system for QPR, it has not yet translated into the results he yearns.
Petrasso’s health is questionable considering that he was recently hampered with a 9-month injury prior to the start of the 2016-17. Due to the unfortunate injury, he was on the pitch only once in the 2016-17 season for QPR. Michael Petrasso’s work is cut out for him to ensure Remi Garde that he is capable of playing on a consistent basis for the Impact.
Nonetheless, there’s a strong possibility that Micheal Petrasso can obtain 1st team action for the Montreal Impact due to pace and his versatility on the pitch.
Do you think Michael Petrasso can make the lineup and help the Montreal Impact clinch a playoff spot this season?