Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact have frequently made headlines over recent weeks. Discussions regarding what would happen to Canadian MLS teams prompted the Impact name to grow stronger. After seeing a positive increase in fanfare, Montreal Impact Executives have announced a U-23 Team on September 4th. This announcement means the complete overhaul of their academy operations.
Head Coach Jason Di Tulio is helming this reverse football club. He has a longstanding history with the Montreal Impact, making 75 appearances between the 2002-07 MLS Seasons. Competing in professional football grew to challenges & Tulio moved towards football coaching. Throughout his coaching tenure, Jason has coached several academy teams with the Montreal Impacts. Assisting Di Tulio will be Esteban Landazbal. Together these men will work towards honing the skillsets of players to a higher level. However, it also likely means that footballers under the age of 23 won’t be seen in the Montreal Impact.
An official statement was issued by the Montreal Impact Academy Director, Patrick Leduc. He evoked that the U-23 Team has met an objective & goal that’s been desired in their organization for a prolonged period. Patrick emphasized that through a U-23 Team, players under the Montreal Impact banner have a better potential of growing in a professional setting. Director Leduc thanked all employed personnel with the academy for their continued efforts to give young players an excellent opportunity to reach MLS.
Further Changes to Impact Academy
The Montreal Impact Academy announced additional changed to their organization, revealing that Patrice Bernier will take a more prominent coaching role. This comes after Patrice has worked alongside Thierry Henry since January 2020. Assistant Coach Bernier evoked his excitement & pleasure behind obtaining this promotion. He noted it’d allow himself to maintain a professional relationship with the Montreal Impact, while also training U-23 squad members to hone their skillsets better.
Additional Under-Pro Age teams with the Montreal Impact are listed below.
The inclusion of an Under-23 Team means that the Montreal Impact Academy has reached their maximum, offering all age groupings outside of Major League Soccer.