Coach Schallibaum loves team's work ethic
As the Impact prepare for their season opener Saturday in Seattle against the Sounders, head coach Marco Schallibaum likes what he sees from his players.
"They work every day," Schallibaum told CJAD's Rick Moffat after today's workout at the Marie Victorin Sports Complex. "They want to learn every day and they want to play together, which is important for the team."
The Impact will go through their practice paces through Thursday, when they leave for Seattle and Saturday's season opener against the Sounders. They'll hold a workout Friday in Seattle at the Starfire Soccer Complex.
The Impact returned home Sunday after winning the Disney Pre-Season Series with a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew Saturday night. Team Captain Davy Arnaud told Rick that there's always a different feel in the air when the real games are approaching.
"We had a good pre-season but at the end of the day it's always long," said Arnaud. "You're always ready to get to the real games."
The Impact Season Opener live on CJAD 800 and www.cjad.com Saturday March 2nd, 10PM.
Meanwhile, with just four days until the season opener, the Impact have announced that homegrown players, midfielder Wandrille Lefèvre and defender Maxim Tissot, signed pro contracts with the first team -- joining the squad in MLS from the club's Academy system.
Lefèvre, 24, has trained regularly with the first team for a year, playing eight MLS Reserve League games in 2012 He played four seasons with the University of Montreal Carabins.
Tissot, 20, who hails from Gatineau, played four MLS Reserve League games in 2012.