By: AJ Gil
The new MLS season starts this Saturday for the San Jose Earthquakes versus the Montreal Impact at Avaya Stadium. As it gets closer and closer it’s a good idea to do a little bit of homework on the Quakes first opponent. The Quakes are looking to make big noise and win the first game of the year, but also avenge a 1-3 loss that took place in Montreal last year. Montreal, for the most part will bring back the same squad from 2016 with one important figure missing. The Impact lost their pivotal key player in Didier Drogba, but picked up some new faces for 2017 campaign. With an older club, the Montreal Impact went out and found younger players in their prime to strengthen a team that lost in the Eastern Conference Final round of the MLS playoffs. Key acquisition by the Impact is the midfielder from Argentina named Adrian Arregui. (pic left).
Although not many goals in his career, he was in the lineup quite regularly, and at 24 years old he’s going to get a lot of playing time. Labeled as a midfielder for the Impact, Arregui had a knack of helping the defense when the opposition would attack with his previous club in Argentina. The Quakes are going to need eyes on the back of their head because Arregui can sneak in and poke the ball away with great success. Another player the Impact got this winter is Chris Duvall from the New York Red Bulls. Duvall a 25year old defender, that played nearly 60 games in his tenured with the Red Bulls in two years. The Quakes forward’s and mid fielders will have a challenge all game if Duvall makes the starting 11. His ability to explode from the defense and join the offensive push is something the Quakes are going to have to keep in mind while playing against him. (pic right).
With the opening match just days away, the Quakes are going to need to stop not only the Montreal established veterans but also some of the teams young newcomers.