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Montreal Impact’s Greatest-ever Player - Nacho Emphatically Stakes His Claim

Piatti polls a huge 86%, more than anyone previously to secure top spot in Group G, Arnaud takes second.

SOCCER: SEP 18 Canadian Soccer Championship - Toronto FC at Montreal Impact
A familiar sight to Montreal fans - Piatti celebrating another goal...
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Well he left at the beginning of the season, the culmination of a ‘will he, won’t he’ saga that dragged on for months leaving Impact fans not knowing which way to turn, but he’s as popular as ever!!!

Nacho Piatti polled a mammoth 86% of votes cast for the players in Group G. And you wonder just who, if anyone, can prevent the Argentinian maestro from going all the way and carrying of the award of the club’s Greatest-ever MLS-player.

It’s difficult for the club’s current young players to accumulate votes due to the relatively short tenures they’ve had at the club, and the fact that for those players so much is still about potential. Orji Okwonkwo, last season’s Player of the Year falls into that profile, so shouldn’t be disappointed with his 4% haul of votes and third place in Group G.

Dilly Duka, the two-goal hero in Hidlago back in 2015, when the Impact held Pachuca, polled just 2%, but with Piatti in the mix, something like that was always likely to happen.

First-ever captain and MLS-goalscorer, Davy Arnaud, the second longest-serving player in the group, took the coveted second spot that secures his place in the round of 16.

Finnish international and club captain, Jukka Raitala is now the man who stands in Piatti’s way of securing a quarter-final spot, which seems inevitable.

Davy Arnaud must meet Bojan Krkic, and while the Spaniard will be favourite for this one, it should be more balanced the the Raitala/Piatti round of 16 contest.

The final group, Group H will get underway this evening in just over one hour, involving; Felipe, Donadel, Taider and Diallo.

Don’t forget to tune in and log your vote.

The first two round of 16 games will take place with the voting opening on Wednesday evening. Fans will be asked to vote on two head to heads -

Didier Drogba v Andres Romero
Laurent Ciman v Hassoun Camara

Seattle Sounders v Montreal Impact
Group G Runner-up and ex-captain Davy Arnaud displays his tenacious, all-action style in a game against Seattle Sounders which the Impact won 4-1.
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