Patrice Bernier will return to the Montreal Impact on a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.
The 2017 campaign will be the last for the 37-year-old midfielder and team captain, who will join the Impact’s academy setup at season's end.
“I am very excited to be able to finish my playing career at home with the Impact,” the Quebec-born Bernier said in a press release. “I am proud that this will be my 18th professional season, including nine with the Impact. For my last season, I will give everything for the club and the city, with a hope that we finish with the MLS Cup.”
“We're happy to have come to terms with Patrice for the 2017 season,” Impact technical director Adam Braz added. “It was important for us that Patrice finishes his career here, with our club. We’re also pleased to be able to integrate him as an academy coach starting in 2018. He will be the eighth former Impact player to have such a role within the club, which demonstrates a very clear philosophy when it comes to the make-up of our technical staff.”
After playing at the University of Syracuse, Bernier joined the Impact in their A-League (later the USL) days. He went on to have a long career playing in Europe before returning to the Impact for the team’s MLS debut in 2012. He was named team captain prior to the 2014 season.
Bernier was an important piece in the Impact’s 2016 run to the Eastern Conference final, playing in 20 regular-season games and starting all five of the team’s playoff contests. He registered an assist in the regular season and picked up a pair in the playoffs.
The veteran midfielder is ranked first in the Impact’s MLS history in games played and second in assists.