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Urruti’s First-ever Opening Goal and AJH Topping Appearances List...

Some fun with numbers and squad leadership changes as Impact go out with the old and in with the new....

FC Dallas v Montreal Impact - MLS 2020
Maxi Urruti (left) celebrates his first goal against Dallas last Saturday. It was the first time he’d opened the scoring for Montreal in any game since his arrival.
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The departures of Piatti, Cabrera and Lovitz, a combined experience total of 312 MLS appearances has created new leaders amongst the current Montreal Impact group.

Perhaps surprisingly, Anthony Jackson-Hamel is now the outfield player at the club with the most MLS and overall appearances for the club on 73 and 82 respectively. Samuel Piette is one behind the striker in each category.

It’s worth noting however that all of Piette’s appearances are starts, while AJH has been in only 29 starting line-ups.

CD Olimpia v Montreal Impact: Quarterfinals - Leg 1 - 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
Anthony Jackson-Hamel, now the Impact squad member with the greatest number of outfield appearances.
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Saphir Taider is now the top-scorer at the club in MLS games; 16 to Jackson-Hamel’s 15, and his howitzer blast on Tuesday evening drew the Algerian level with the Quebecer on 18 in all competitions.

Taider also claims the current honours for assists, 16 in MLS, 19 overall. Maxi Urruti lies second in each category with 7 and 8 respectively.

Talking of the Argentinian, his first goal against former club FC Dallas last Saturday, was the first time (in 41 matches, including 35 starts) he’d ever opened the scoring in any game for the Impact. Hopefully it’s the sign of things to come!

Evan Bush’s current stint on the sidelines edges him closer to becoming the first Impact player to sit on the bench on a century of occasions. He’s currently 6 shy of the mark.

To be substituted, a player generally needs to be selected for the first XI, so to be the most substituted player indicates quality and importance to the team. At least that’s what one must conclude when you look at some of the Impact’s most frequently substituted players. Orji Okwonkwo is now the squad’s most frequently withdrawn player. He’s been substituted 21 times, ten fewer than Piatti was. Patrice Bernier’s club high of 41 for this category since entering MLS looks safe for another season at least.

CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal - Montreal Impact against CD Olimpia
Orji - most subbed...
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Finally with Cabrera (23) and Piatti (18) now departed, the yellow card kings of the squad are Samuel Piette and Evan Bush, tied on 16...

Only three of the current squad have ever been red-carded: Bush, Urruti and Taider. Discipline since the introduction of Remi Garde as coach improved dramatically, when you consider the dismissals accumulated in the past by Camara (5), Oyongo (3), Ciman (3), Donadel (3), Bernier (3) and Cabrera (3).