The Impact scored three goals Tuesday in its preseason match with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but a lot of the focus will be on the final marker of the trifecta.
Canadian Evan James rounded out the rout, converting a cross from Miguel Montano — who spent part of last season with the Impact in its final NASL season — to make the final score 3-0 Impact.
James, who played for both Oakville SC and Hamilton FC, was chosen as the top pick in the MLS supplemental draft. The University of North Carolina-Charlotte midfielder had an impressive combine and is clearly making his case to be the third Canadian on the Impact’s roster — as it is looking more and more likely that the Impact will be carrying the bare minimum of Canadian players allowed on the roster as per MLS rules. As of right now, goalkeeper Greg Sutton and midfielder Patrice Bernier, who started Tuesday against the Impact, are the only Canadians who have signed for the 2012 campaign.
The Impact’s camp became more crowded Tuesday, as the Impact announced the impending arrival of central defender Matteo Ferrari. With the oft-injured Nelson Rivas already hobbled by a groin issue, Ferrari, with over 200 games of Serie A experience, offers the club a veteran presence to marshal the back line.
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