Montreal Impact Start Shake Up With Trade


The Montreal Impact traded midfielder Sanna Nyassi to the Chicago Fire in return for midfielder Dilly Duka in a trade announced yesterday.

Duka is 24 years old and has played in MLS since 2010 when he joined the Columbus Crew. He played for Chicago since 2013 and last year played under Impact head coach Frank Klopas. He has six goals and eight assists in 82 games (59 starts).

Last season, he established personal bests with four goals and three assists in 31 games, 24 as a starter. He was also in the starting 11 for his team’s four US Open Cup matches, helping the Fire reach the semi-finals. That was under Klopas. However, this season he has made only six starts.

Duka also has experience in the CONCACAF Champions League, having played five games in 2010 and 2011 with the Crew. At the international level, he was part of the U20 and U23 US national programs, notably playing in the U20 World Cup in 2009 in Egypt.

Nyassi, 25 years old, played only two games this season for the Impact, scoring one goal. He has suffered with injuries this season but played 50 games in 2012 and 2013 with Montreal, scoring six goals in 2012. He has played in MLS since 2009 with Seattle. Nyassi also played in one Canadian Championship game with the Impact this season.

Duka is an interesting piece because of his relationship with Klopas meaning that the major announcement that Joey Saputo is making Wednesday morning probably isn’t just simply firing Klopas.

There are reports on Twitter that the announcement is that assistant coach Mauro Biello will take the head coaching spot from Klopas and Klopas will go into a front office role as general manager, or equivalent.

This would make sense as it is believed that De Santis is no longer with the team according to several media reports.