Six Montreal Impact players, including captain Patrice Bernier, have been called up to the Canadian National teams.
Bernier, who hails from Brossard, Que. will be making his 51st appearance for the senior national squad, when they take on Panama in an international friendly. The match will take place on Tuesday, November 18th in Panama City.
Joining Bernier will Impact teammates Issey Nakajima-Farran (Calgary, Alta.), Karl Ouimette (Repentigny, Que.) and Maxim Tissot (Gatineau, Que.).
Nakajima Farran, who will be making his 32nd appearance and Ouimette, his fourth call-up, both played in Canada’s recently friendly against Colombia on October 15th. The Colombians won 1-0 thanks to some heads up play by the South Americans.
Aug 30, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact defender Maxim Tissot (51) during the warmup before the game against the Columbus Crew at Stade Saputo. The Montreal Impact defeated the Columbus Crew 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
As for Tissot, he will be one of three players in the squad on the 18th who will be earning his first senior cap. This will be his first time representing Canada on the international stage at any level and told Olivier Tremblay of MLSsoccer.com that he is very excited.
“I told myself that I’d do my job with the Impact and that, if it was to happen, it would happen,” said the 21-year-old. “It’s happened, so I’m very happy.”
Two More Receive Call From U-20s
In addition to the four players mentioned above, Montreal Impact midfielders Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé and Louis Béland-Goyette have called up to the U-20 Canadian National Team.
Gagnon-Laparé has already made numerous appearances with the senior national team, including being selected for that match against Colombia.
The 19-year-old was signed from the Impact Academy in July and made it into five regular season games this year.
Béland-Goyette will be earning his third cap with the U-20s. The Pointe-Claire, Que. native was signed from the Academy on September 12th and used as a substitute against the New England Revolution the very next day.
The Canadian U-20 squad will be facing England, Russia and the United States during a ten day European trip from November 9th through the 18th.
Piatti Has Surgery
In other Montreal Impact news, the club has confirmed that Designated Player Ignacio Piatti has undergone sucessful knee surgery in his native Argentina.
The procedure was to treat tendinitis in his left knee. The team says it will take the midfielder eight weeks until he can resume soccer-related activities and they fully expect him to be ready for the start of 2015 training camp.