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Play It Again, Sam !

Taking the field today makes Samuel Piette the first Impact player to appear in 50 consecutive MLS games.

MLS: Montreal Impact at New York Red Bulls
Samuel Piette, a terrier, a bull-dog, and the first Impact player to make 50 consecutive MLS appearances.
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Samuel Piette has been industriously consistent since joining Montreal Impact from third-tier Spanish club CD Izarra in 2017.

Maintaining freshness, fitness levels and steering clear of injuries is no mean feat for this combative player, who this afternoon in Cincinnati, takes his place in the Impact engine-room for the 50th consecutive time in MLS-play. He’s already surpassed this total, when you throw in a couple of Canadian Championship games.

The Impact’s record over the previous 49, under managers, Biello, then Garde, reads 20-23-6. But if you analyze the team’s form since August 2018 (23 games), it’s a much more respectable 11-7-5, which displays the team’s transformation under the former Lyon coach.
It’s been a tough time with players coming and going, but there’s now light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the determination, drive and commitment of steadying forces such as Piette, Piatti, Bush, and Garde to name a few.

If Impact’s Argentine #10 has been the undoubted star, at least until recently, Piette has been the mainstay, anchoring the midfield through thick and thin.

Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-Costa Rica at Canada
Samuel Piette tussles with Costa Rica’s Rodney Wallace, in Houston at the last Gold Cup in 2017.
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It’s taken a few years and a trek across a couple of European countries to manufacture the #6 Impact fans have come to know and appreciate as their own.

Including his time in MLS, Piette has amassed 178 club appearances for 5 clubs: Fortuna Dusseldorf (Germany), Deportivo B, Racing Ferrol, CD Izarra (all Spain) and of course, Montreal Impact.

To that you can add 41 caps for his country, taking his total for first-class games up to 219.

At 24, you feel there’s much, much more in the tank and plenty to aim for.

Given the player’s consistency it’s not unreasonable to suggest Sam will amass a career beyond 500 club appearances, and wouldn’t it be especially nice to see 100 Canadian caps and a World Cup Finals appearance in his home city in 2026?

So, play it again, Sam !!