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5 Bold Predictions for the Montreal Impact’s 2014 MLS Season

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Bold Predictions for the Montreal Impact's 2014 MLS Season

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As North American soccer prepares for a new season of MLS, the Canadian side of Montreal Impact is hoping to continue the great job started in the previous season, in which they have been strongly influenced by an Italian mentality. The one in 2014 will barely be the team's third season in the American's highest league, in which it has already become a strong point of reference in the continent.

Without a doubt, it has the unquestioned merit of having brought important assets from one of the most glorious soccer countries in the world, that is Italy. This, moreover, did not only include signing relevant players such as Andrea Pisanu, Matteo Ferrari, Bernardo Corradi, Marco Di Vaio and, most importantly, the 2006 World Cup winner Alessandro Nesta.

As a matter of fact, it involved the idea of establishing deep basis of Italian tradition and expertise in the new and growing soccer market of North America. Not in vain, the Italian knowledge is also present at a corporate and coaching level, which has given the possibility to the Canadian city to star the real calcio experience.

In addition, the new roster will also provide the input of many other talents of other parts of the world, including Spain, South America and Africa. Undoubtedly, they will for sure provide a great deal of skills both on and off the field.

On the contrary, however, the leadership role will be assigned to the veteran Patrice Bernier, who will finally have the responsibility to wear the captain's armband after the departure of Davy Arnaud. Time will determine if his experience in Europe will have been enough for the Canadian midfielder to effectively take on the leadership responsibility.

Without further ado, here are five predictions for the Canadian side for the upcoming MLS season.

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Santiago Gonzalez Will Be An MLS Revelation

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The 21-year-old from Uruguay has the world in his hands. Having already become a revelation in his home country, Uruguay, the forward has all the premises to become a strong asset for the team in the league. He will have the fortune of learning from an authentic scoring machine, like Marco Di Vaio.

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Andrea Pisanu Will Be Greatly Missed

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Without a doubt, the notorious multifunctional capabilities of the 31-year-old will be greatly missed in every single game of the league. With his departure, the Canadians for sure lost the player with the highest ductility they may have ever had in the last three years.

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Matteo Ferrari Will Become The Main Teacher For Other Defenders

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Fabio Cannavaro did it at Real Madrid. Andrea Barzagli, instead, at Wolfsburg. It is not a surprise that, wherever they might go, Italian defenders always end up having to teach the basics of the tactical role of defending to their teammates.

With Alessandro Nesta gone, it will be an entirely responsibility for Matteo Ferrari to take on this role. His experience on the Italian national team will be key to lead Montreal to improve the results of last year.

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Alessandro Nesta's Goodbye Will Lower The Team's Appeal

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In soccer, prestige can never be taken for granted. Not having a living legend on the field week after week will for sure lower the appeal of the team, both for the fans and the media. For sure, Alessandro Nesta's goodbye will bring negative consequences in this sense, in addition to the obvious decrease in the technical and professional level.

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Success Will Mostly Depend On Marco Di Vaio's Form

Di Vaio
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Marco Di Vaio is, for sure, not one of those notorious professionals who came to the MLS only to retire. As a matter of fact, he is characterized by a great sense of competitiveness, regardless of the league he might be playing in.

There is no doubt that the team will mostly rely on him for any aspiration it might have over the course of the season. Without him on the field and in the locker rooms, it will be very hard for the Canadians to even dream of achieving any objective.