November 30, 2009 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Montreal Impact
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced Monday that its 2009 MVP, American midfielder David Testo, had signed a new two-year deal with the club.
"I\'m truly excited to be back with the Impact. The decision was very easy to make because I feel at home in Montreal," declared Testo. "What we have accomplished in 2009 is exceptional, but we need to leave that behind us and keep on winning. If we want to be successful every year, we need to play with the same mentality and the type of attitude that allowed us to take the championship."
David Testo, a 28-year-old defensive midfielder, was the most active player of the club during the regular season after playing 26 matches, all as a starter, for a total of 2,235 minutes of play. In his third season with the Impact, he tallied one goal and one assist, and led the team with 38 fouls. At the end of the season, he was selected to the All-League Second Team of the Year for the first time in his career.
Testo also helped the Impact win its third championship in history by taking part in all six playoff games for a total of 494 minutes. He notably scored one goal in the first match against Charleston on September 24 at Saputo Stadium.
"We definitely wanted to come to terms with this year\'s MVP," declared Impact technical director Nick De Santis. "David had other options and received some offers, yet he wanted to stay with the Impact. He is a player who is increasingly forming part of the team\'s core. At his age, he can still make progress and have excellent seasons."
"David (Testo) plays a crucial role for the team," noted Impact head coach Marc Dos Santos. "It\'s not easy to play in his position, but his excellent tactical learning favours him a lot. He also has a great vision of the game. In our systems of play, it\'s important to have quality players like him. Last season he did very well, notably in his defensive role by recuperating numerous balls."
Moreover, the Impact also announced that left-footed defender Zanzan will not be back next season, while midfielder Félix Brillant was released.
"Zanzan did not really adapt to North-American soccer and Stephen deRoux is our key player in that position. In Félix (Brillant)\'s case, he didn\'t tally a single point in 10 games in 2009. It\'s unfortunate to let him go, but despite his experience and age, he never showed consistence," mentioned De Santis.