Well since every forum seems to have one of these threads for the top teams in their leagues, I think its about time we started one here as well for the current A-League champions L’Impact de Montréal, even if it is sort of a Mickey Mouse league compared to the rest :\
from: www.montrealimpact.comCOMMODORE SIGNS FOR THREE YEARS
MONTREAL, March 30, 2005 – The Montreal Impact announced Wednesday the signing of striker Frederick Commodore as well as midfielders Lars Lyssand and Masahiro Fukasawa.
Commodore, the club’s second top scorer last season with eight goals and one assist, signed a three-year contract. Lyssand, a former Syracuse Salty Dog, signed for two years while Fukasawa joins the club for the 2005 season.
“Freddy was a key player last year, scoring important goals during the season and in the playoffs,” said Montreal Impact head-coach Nick DeSantis. “He brings another dimension to the offence with his efficiency.”
Commodore joined the Impact after being invited to the team’s training camp last year. He finished his first season in Montreal with 17 points in only 1076 minutes of play, and also added two more goals in the playoffs: a game-winner, September 10 in Syracuse and the insurance goal in the championship final against the Seattle Sounders, September 18.
LYSSAND AND FUKASAWA IN THE MIDFIELD
“Lyssand and Fukasawa are two important additions to our line-up,” added DeSantis. “Lyssand is versatile, a hard-working player with a physical game. Fukasawa is very strong technically. These two players will give us a lot of added depth in the midfield.”
A member of the Syracuse Salty Dogs for the past two seasons, Lars Lyssand was the player who played the most minutes with them during that period, with 2168 minutes in 2003 and 2610 minutes in 2004. Last year, he tallied six goals and three assists (15 points) and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. A natural left-footed player, the 25-year old midfielder also participated in the US national team training camp last January.
“It is an honour for me to join the Impact, the 2004 champions”, said Lyssand. “Since my first game in the league, I’ve heard very positive things about my new team. And having played against them, I know there are very good players in this team. I’m anxious to make my debut here.”
Masahiro Fukasawa is a native of Japan who comes to the Impact from the team’s open tryouts held in early March. A seasoned professional, he played the last eight years in the Japan Professional Soccer Association (J-League). From 1996 to 2000, he was part of the Yokohama Marinos before joining the Albirex Niigata FC Club from 2001 to 2004.
The Impact’s official training camp kicks off April 1 at the Catalogna Soccerplexe.
Montreal will defend its First Division United Soccer Leagues championship title with a double-header in Puerto Rico, against the Islanders, April 29 and May 1. The Impact will play the 12th home opener of its history at Claude-Robillard Stadium May 29, in a showdown against the Rochester Raging Rhinos.
Source: Patrick Vallée
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