Report: Ignacio Piatti To Join Montreal Impact


Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Reports from TSN Radio’s Tony Marinaro say that the Montreal Impact have come to terms with Argentinian winger Ignacio Piatti and that he will join the team in June.

The news is obviously welcome for the Impact who have struggled through one point in four games so far this season in Major League Soccer. The Impact have really struggled to score goals both with and without star striker Marco Di Vaio who has played only one game this season due to suspension. He scored in his season debut in Philadelphia last weekend.

Piatti is a winger who will no doubt help this team. Justin Mapp is currently the team’s best in that spot right now, and Andrew Wenger and Felipe haven’t been too bad, but the lack of finish this team has so far this year without their aging star. In fact this move might be the second step for the team preparing for life without Di Vaio. (The first move being the signing of Santiago Gonzalez).

From Goal Canada’s Nick Sabetti:

"Considered one of the very best players in Argentina’s top flight, the prospect of Piatti’s arrival is an exciting one for the Impact. Not only can he score goals, he’s also equally adept at creating them. His lightning-quick speed and superb technical ability makes him both a nightmare for defenders to deal with when isolated in 1-on-1 situations and an absolute joy to watch for fans.Playing predominantly as a left-sided attacking midfielder with San Lorenzo, Piatti would seamlessly slot into the Impact’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. With left midfield being a position of significant weakness for the Impact, his arrival would finally address what’s been one of the Impact’s biggest needs ever since they joined MLS; it would also likely mean the end of Sanna Nyassi’s time with the club."

There are concerns about Piatti but his addition will surely quiet some of the groans about Montreal’s lack of impact signings over the offseason. However, a slow start may cause those to continue. For the Impact, June can’t come soon enough.