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Defender Kevin Sakuda And Forward Pa Amadou Gai Released

July 17, 2009 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Montreal Impact News Release

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact announced Friday the release of defender Kevin Sakuda and forward Pa Amadou Gai, as well as the addition of midfielder Ciaran O'Brien, on loan from the Colorado Rapids of MLS.

Sakuda, a 27-year-old American defender, joined the Impact this past February 27, after having spent six consecutive seasons with the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division. He played a total of 838 minutes in eight matches with the Impact.

"It wasn't fair to play Kevin in a position that wasn't natural for him," explained Impact Technical Director Nick De Santis. "He never found his rhythm with this team, despite the fact that we put him in a number of roles. He was with us for a short time, but he was a true professional with a great attitude and that was appreciated by the club."

Sakuda has agreed to a deal for the rest of the season with the Austin Aztex, an expansion team playing its inaugural season in the USL First Division.

Amadou Gai, a 25-year-old Gambian forward who spent 12 years with Bakau United of the Gambian First Division, took part in seven matches with the Impact, playing a total of 82 minutes.

"We already have four forwards in our lineup and we sensed that Pa had a hard time integrating the team," commented De Santis. "Getting accustomed to a new culture didn't seem to be easy and he wasn't satisfied in this new setting. Taking these circumstances into consideration, we decided to make a roster spot for a future prospect."

CIARAN O'BRIEN LOANED TO THE IMPACT

The Impact also announced the addition of midfielder Ciaran O'Brien to the lineup. O'Brien is on loan from the Colorado Rapids of MLS until the end of the USL season (October 17).

The 21-year-old American was also loaned to the Seattle Sounders in 2008 and the Austin Aztex earlier this year. Take note that as part of the loan, Colorado can recall O'Brien at any time this season.

"Ciaran is a young player with a lot of potential," noted De Santis. "The two international matches he played [on try-out] showed signs that he has good vision on the field and lots of energy. He'll gain quite a bit of experience with our club and we hope he'll be able to help us in different situations."

The young American is the Impact's first acquisition since the opening of the international transfer window on July 15.

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