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Montreal says 'non' to Americans
by Paul Kennedy, January 9th, 2013 4:41AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Montreal Impact shook up its coaching staff in the aftermath of its decision to replace Jesse Marsch with Swiss coach Marco Schaellibaum. It dumped American assistants Mike Sorber and Dennis Hamlett as part of a move that Impact president Joey Saputo said was intended to cut its American ties.

Mauro Biello (the lone returnee), Philippe Eullaffroy (Montreal academy U-21 and academy director) and Youssef Dahha (the academy goalkeeping coach) will serve as first-team assistants under Schaellibaum, who has no MLS experience.

“We always said we wanted to get a European,” said Saputo. “Getting into MLS, we were told that it’s different, that you need to have American experience, so that’s what we went for. We moved away from what we really believed."

Saputo said Montreal fans want a different kind of team than the one Marsch put together in 2012 for its not-so-bad expansion season.

“We’re a very European-type city,” he said. “We’re different from Toronto and the American cities. The culture is different. Our fans didn’t accept that we brought in so many American players. They wanted to see European and South American players. When we talk about the philosophies not being the same, that’s what it was.”



15 comments
  1. Wayne Root
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 7:56 a.m.
    Sacre bleu!

  1. Todd Wease
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 8:51 a.m.
    Oh those silly Canadians. Pardon moi. I mean those silly Quebecois. There are many decent fine neighbors to the North don't get me wrong but they are a rare species in the Quebec province. It always tickles me pink when I hear them professing how much better/different they are then the yanks. Funny thing is, the real French in a place called France don't think highly of the self-titled French Canadians. And... It cracks me up even more when you see a Canadian expat living south of the border yet constantly enganging in USA bashing/CAN praising. Hmmm. If it's so great, why'd ya leave? Guess I'll root for the Whitecaps and Toronto only. Can't root for Montreal men of Canadian national women with that Sinclair thug running around.

  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.
    Mr. Saputo...then why a join an "American" league in the first place?

  1. Dave Wasser
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.
    Simon, I don't think Joey Saputo had much choice of which league to join. I am not surprised that they are dumping American players and coaches. But I am surprised that they are publicly acknowledging that is what they are doing. Dave www.DaveBrett.com

  1. Miguel Dedo
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
    I like Wasser's comment. Montreal ownership, this suggests, sees being actively anti-USA as likely to sell tickets. PS: They are not "anti-American" as South American players are acceptable. Do they consider Mexicans to be "Americans" and thus non grata, or perhaps "Latin Americans" and therefore grata. It would be easier to keep clear whom we are talking about if we used the Spanish term for citizens of the United States of America: :"estadounidenses"{

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
    The Empact is the French-Canadian copy of the Mexican example of Chivas USA. History repeating itself = failure? We'll have to wait and see

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 10:24 a.m.
    I wasn't a fan of Marsch, but seeing the job he did with a jerk like Saputo at the helm makes me appreciate him a lot more. Nothing like going against the only statistically significant number you can get out of coaching in the MLS: foreign coaches without North American knowledge do rotten with one exception, the Colorado coach the year they won. Way to go, Joey. 6 easy points for DC United,,,lol

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.
    It seems Saputo is simply catering to what his fans want to see on the pitch. What's wrong with that? It will be interesting to see what they will now put together. This will be good for the MLS. Maybe another MLS club will come out and say they will only sign USA players. I doubt it but that would be cool. Chivas USA said they will focus more on the Hispanic talent for their team. If the MLS doesnt like it they can always limit the number of foreign signings for all clubs. Doubt it.

  1. Steve McDonald
    commented on: January 9, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.
    If a U.S. based team came out and said they would only sign U.S. players they would be acused of bigotry. I would prefer a limit on non-North American players in MLS.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: January 10, 2013 at 12:50 a.m.
    So according to our race-baiting friend Luis it would be okay for Real Salt Lake to have majority white players? I guess I can see where college teams stay with in-state players or a club team selects players from their area like Barcelona and Catalans but to make a team of predominantly one ethnic group is, to me, sickening and I am here to remind everyone that is all Luis is about - he is a victim and a racially divisive element in our soccer culture who infects everyone and everything he comes in contact with and ALWAYS remember Luis is a pathological liar that never played the game.

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: January 10, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
    RACIST

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: January 10, 2013 at 8:31 a.m.
    It is just a SALES gimmick to appeal to racist fans.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: January 10, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.
    Saputo did not said he was picking a certain race only. He said he wouldn't pick any Americans which includes all races. The Real Salt Lake example is idiotic. If they said we will only sign "USA" born players, which includes white, black, brown, etc., I don't think too many people would complain. That would actually be pretty cool. If you say just white then you could still sign Europeans and Canadians. Not the same thing. So this pisses you guys off but not the fact that MLS teams get to sign so many foreign players including designated players and pay foreign rookies/20 or younger more than our own homegrown talents? 2-3 times more.

  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: January 10, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.
    Poor, poor Luis - can't even understand plain english and tries to twist out of everything with lies and deceit - For other posters, I, of course, was not referring to Saputo, I was referring to Luis' support of Chivas to bring in majority hispanics - Luis said above "Chivas USA said they will focus more on the Hispanic talent for their team." Luis loves that because he feels only hispanics know anything about soccer and only hispanics can play soccer properly. I see no difference between that and RSL bringing in white players only - it is all ridiculous and racially divisive but that is Luis and him and people like him are one of our biggest problems in our soccer culture.

  1. Steve McDonald
    commented on: January 11, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.
    Bigotry is the state of mind of a bigot, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance".[1] Bigotry may be based on real or perceived characteristics, including age, disability, dissension from popular opinions, economic status, ethnicity, gender identity, language, nationality, political alignment, race, region, religious or spiritual belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


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