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Jesse Marsch: Montreal DP would be an impact player in the final third

Jesse Marsch: Montreal DP would be an impact player in the final third

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The Impact's coach revealed to that the club is looking for an Designated Player who can score, and Alessandro Del Piero and Louis Saha could be possibilities.

While Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch wouldn't identify an incoming European designated player, he was able to reveal that the team is looking for a proven goal scorer.

"We are looking for impact players and guys that can help us in the final third," Marsch told

Impact owner Joey Saputo made headlines earlier Monday when he announced on his Twitter account (@joeysaputo) that the team close to signing a DP from Europe. He tweeted: "Good contacts make for great meetings, thanks to VV and GP we may have found our guy."

He then added that another player who wouldn't be a DP will be joining the Impact in their training camp in Los Angeles. Marsch confirmed that the player will be announced on Tuesday.

"There is a player coming in tomorrow and we will be announcing it tomorrow," Marsch stated.


With the club looking for goal scoring, it appears highly unlikely the team's first DP signing will be former Germany international Michael Ballack, who is more of a box-to-box midfielder and has only scored 19 goals in his past 150 appearances for both Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen.

Recent reports also suggest that forward Brian Ching is close to rejoining the Houston Dynamo after leaving Montreal for "personal reasons," leaving the Impact looking to replace the departing veteran who they selected in the expansion draft.

One player that continues to be linked with the club is Juventus' Alessandro Del Piero. Marsch told in December that the two sides were close to an agreement last summer but wouldn't move forward because of Del Piero's reluctance to sign with the club in January. Talks broke down once the player said that he was only interested in a move to the Galaxy or the New York Red Bulls. With neither side expressing interest in the 38-year-old, Del Piero might have changed his mind.

Another possiblity could be Tottenham's Louis Saha. The French international is currently on a six-month contract that will expire in June and would be a perfect fit for the club, which is trying to appeal to its French Canadian fan base in Quebec.

There are rumors that while playing at Everton Saha spoke with Landon Donovan during his loan spell from the Galaxy about his experience as a Major League Soccer player. Recruiting the 33-year-old striker would be a marketing coup for the club.

Saha's agent David Manasseh did not return calls or emails about the possible move.