Five Players Will Not be Back with Impact in 2011
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced Thursday that five players will not return next season. The club will not offer new contracts to forward Eduardo Sebrango, midfielder Patrick Leduc, as well as defender Wesley Charles. Midfielders Rocco Placentino and Filipe Soares will also be left off the roster for 2011.
"These are difficult decisions to make considering the players involved, but we have to think about the club's future with MLS only 17 months away," noted Impact technical director Nick De Santis. "The 2011 season will be a very critical transition year and we need to go in a different direction. We want to give more playing time to our younger players, who will be surrounded by a majority of players who could play in MLS. I would like to thank all of these players for their valuable contribution to the Impact over the last few years. We are currently looking at various options for them in the future. »
Eduardo Sebrango, a Canadian forward of Cuban origin, returned to the Impact in 2009, after playing in Vancouver from 2006 to 2008. At age 37, Sebrango was the league's oldest player last season. He finished the season with five goals in 24 matches. In six seasons with Montreal, he collected 45 goals and 100 points in 136 regular season matches, 104 as a starter, for a total of 9,440 minutes of playing time. He wraps up his Impact career with the second-highest goal and point total, behind only Mauro Biello.
Patrick Leduc, a 32-year-old midfielder, wore the Impact uniform for his entire professional career. He concludes 11 seasons in Montreal in third place in club history with 222 matches played and sits 5th in minutes-played with 15,166. Used primarily in a defensive role, Leduc still managed to score 10 goals and 16 assists. After missing almost all of the 2009 season with a foot injury, he played 19 matches last season.
After playing for Montreal in 2001 and 2002, winger Rocco Placentino returned to the Impact in 2008. Over five seasons with Montreal, he played 95 matches and logged 3,967 minutes in the regular season, collecting eight goals and 13 assists for 29 points. In 2010, he scored three goals and picked up two assists in 24 matches, 10 of those games as a starter.
Filipe Soares, a 28-year-old Portuguese midfielder, joined the club in January 2010. In his first season in North American, Soares collected one goal and one assist in 18 matches, while logging 1,084 minutes with the Impact.
Acquired last July after the departure of both Cédric Joqueviel and Stefano Pesoli, Wesley Charles, a 34-year-old defender from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, played eight games with the Impact in 2010 for a total of 546 minutes.
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