According to Arcadio Marcuzzi of LeFooteur.com, the Montreal Impact have been linked to South American veterans Santiago Silva and Mario Yepes.
Silva, a 33-year-old striker from Uruguay, is currently with Lanus of the Argentine Primera Division. He has appeared for big clubs in the past, including River Plate (on two occasions), Fiorentina and Boca Juniors and lead the Primera Division in goal scoring in both 2009 and 2010.
Standing 6’0″, 180lbs., Silva has been nicknamed The Tank thanks to his aerial abilities and his uncompromising style of play. He has never represented Uruguay on the international stage.
Yepes, a 38-year-old central defender, recently represented his native Colombia at the World Cup. He ranks second in overall caps for his home land, with 102, behind only the legendary Carlos Valderrama.
At the club level, Yepes has spent time with Paris Saint-Germain and A.C. Milan, winning a Serie A title with the latter in 2012.
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Interestingly enough, Yepes is currently with San Lorenzo, also of the of the Primera Division. This club should be familiar to IMFC supporters, as it is the side they signed Ignacio Piatti from in the summer.
Of the two players who have been linked, Santiago Silva is the most intriguing. I think he would slot nicely into the squad and give Jack MacInerney some much needed help up front.
Since Marco Di Vaio left, Jack Mac has been the lone experienced striker and I really don’t expect manager Frank Klopas to head into 2015 with only one dependable target man.
And who doesn’t want a guy nicknamed The Tank on your squad?
That’s not to say that Yepes wouldn’t be a good signing. He would greatly help in the development of some of the Impact’s young defenders, such as Wandrille Lefevre or Karl Ouimette.
Plus, with center backs Matteo Ferrari and “Futty” Danso having been released earlier this week, Yepes would be a quick fix.
Both are a bit too old to be considered long-term signings, but for the time being, either of these two would be great additions to the Montreal Impact.