The Montreal Impact’s first ever designated player, Marco Di Vaio, has only been with his new team for a few weeks, but is starting to get a grasp of his new surroundings. In an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, Di Vaio highlighted the physicality of MLS as being one of its strong features, but stressed that the league needed to improve on the tactical side of the game if it wants to progress.
“In MLS the players are real animals, and they run like crazy,” said Di Vaio. “But tactically they have to improve. To make the jump in quality the league needs other European players, but especially coaches that can bring different ideas”.
Despite a slow start and not having been able to score in his first four appearances, Di Vaio also said that he’s enjoying his new life in Montreal.
“In March, this opportunity [playing for the Impact] came up, I met with the president of the Impact, Joey Saputo, and he convinced me, but not for the money he offered,” said Di Vaio. “I had the opportunity to meet a different world, far from the stress [of Europe], which is perfect also for my family. I’ve settled in really well.”
The former Bologna striker is expected to start Wednesday night when Montreal takes on the New England Revolution at Saputo Stadium.