Hassoun Camara Joins Impact

February 7, 2011 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Montreal Impact News Release

MONTREAL â€" Just a few hours from the start of training camp, the Montreal Impact announced on Monday the signing of French midfielder Hassoun Camara.

Camara, a defensive midfielder who just turned 27 on February 3, was invited to take part in the club's pre-camp held from January 24 to 28. Camara has played 43 league games in France's Ligue 2 with SC Bastia, from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he played in the CFA (4th division) with Noisy-le-Sec from 2003 to 2006. He also had a stint in the first division with l'Olympique de Marseille, from 2006 to 2008, but played only one cup game.

"Camara is a versatile player, who can also play as a center back," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "He has played at a very high level and has a bucket full of experience. He joins the Impact at a good age and will continue to improve with us. We hope he will adapt well to the North American game."

With the addition of Camara, the Impact now has five foreign players on its roster for the 2011 season, with a maximum potentially of seven. The other four players are Philippe Billy, Leonardo Di Lorenzo, Anthony Le Gall and Richard Pelletier.

Camara will take part in his first training session with his new teammates this morning, from 10 am to noon, at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard.

In addition to the 14 players under contract, the Impact invited six Academy players to participate in the club's 18th training camp: defenders Bonheur Aubey, Karl Ouimette and Maxime Tissot, as well as midfielders Kevin Cossette, Dominique Morin and Chris-Michel Rumuri.

"These six players have proven they deserve a place at training camp with the first team," said De Santis. "With every chance they are given, they must approach every session as a world cup match and take advantage of those opportunities."

The Impact has also invited two more players to camp for a tryout, midfielder Luke Kreamelmayer (pronunciation: Crem-ill-my-urr) and goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski. Kreamelmayer has played over 150 games in the American second division, scoring five goals with AC St-Louis last season. He has also worn the colours of the Carolina RailHawks, the Rochester Rhinos and the Portland Timbers. Matt Pyzdrowski played with Portland in 2010.

Midfielder David Testo, who underwent ankle surgery on January 27, as well as defender Adam Braz, who was operated on his hip in mid-November, are both still recovering

The Impact have also confirmed that the club will not be offering a contract to goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic for the upcoming season, while no decision has been made yet on midfielders Simon Gatti and Marco Terminesi.

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