Group D provides another quality quartet for fans to ponder over and vote. The glamour of Drogba, the longevity of Camara, the youthful brilliance of Lappalainen or the rock steadiness of Ferrari?
Rock steadiness of Ferrari? That doesn’t quite sound right...
Here is the Group D line-up -
Hassoun Camara -
With 164 appearances (all comps), Hassoun has played more games for the Impact in the MLS-era the any other player bar Evan Bush and Patrice Bernier.
He’s also weighed in with a decent return of goals - 9, the highest for an Impact defender in the MLS-era. His 84th min equalizer off an assist by Justin Mapp, in Vancouver clinched the Canadian Championship title for IMFC in 2013.
Tops the disciplinary list with 42 yellow cards (all comps) and 5 red, both IMFC records, in the MLS-era.
Spent 7 consecutive seasons with the club; 2011 thru 2017, when he retired.
Matteo Ferrari -
Ferrari lists Internazionale, Parma, Roma Everton, Genoa and Besiktas amongst his former clubs and won 11 full international caps for Italy. Has been a national cup winner in Italy (3 times), Turkey (once) and Canada (twice).
Stands 12th on the list of most IMFC appearances with 92 (all comps) in the MLS-era. He scored 1 goal, a late winner over Real Salt Lake at Stade Saputo in 2013, amidst wild player celebrations. Spent three full seasons in Montreal (2012-14)...
Didier Drogba -
It’s difficult to write something new about Didier Drogba. He’s had a well-documented, high-visibility career, and is possibly the most well-known player worldwide, to ever don the bleu/blanc/noir.
As well as a clutch of individual honours and awards, while at Chelsea, he won 1 x Champions League, 4 x Premier Leagues, 4 x FA Cups and 3 x League Cups. He also won the Championship and national cup competition in Turkey with Galatasary.
Drogba won 105 caps for Cote D’Ivoire, scoring 65 goals.
He spent two seasons at the Impact, and although his form dipped halfway through his second year, he remained immensely popular with Impact fans.
Didier made a total of 41 appearances (all comps) for IMFC, scoring 23 goals and providing 9 assists.
Lassi Lappalainen -
Flying winger, Lassi made an immediate impact last season after coming on-loan from Bologna, scoring within 4 mins of his debut and adding another goal in the second half in the 4-0 destruction of Philadelphia Union.
Has become a key member of the successful Finnish national team squad which qualified for the 2020 Euros (now held over to 2021), the country’s first-ever finals tournament qualification.
Has scored 5 goals in 16 apps (all comps) for the Impact. Represented his country at u16, u17, u18, u19 & u21 levels and has 7 full caps.
Impact’s Greatest-ever MLS Player
This poll is closed
So there it is folks....
Please vote for your top player from these four. You have until 10pm tomorrow night to vote in our poll, below.
Top two in the percentage votes advance to the Round of 16. The other two are eliminated from the competition.
We will issue the voting template for Group E tomorrow evening.