Gatti announces retirement, takes coaching job with Impact Academy

Simon Gatti

Any speculation on the future of Canadian defender Simon Gatti is over before it really had a chance to begin.

Two days after being told he wasn’t going to take part in the Montreal Impact’s inaugural MLS season as a player, Gatti announced his retirement and will take a job in the the Impact’s academy. Gatti will coach the U14 prospects.

Gatti, who played 1,953 minutes for the Impact last season, is still a useful Division-2 player. Had he decided to try and prolong his career, there would no doubt have been an offer from one of the eight NASL clubs.

But Gatti said in a statement released by the Impact that he wanted to remain in Montreal, where had spent the last six seasons as a player.

“I think this is the right time for me to take the next step in my career. I am very proud to remain within the organization, but also in this city that I adore, which I consider my second home.”

Gatti was one of five Canadians who played with the Impact in its final NASL season who were invited to take part in the team’s inaugural MLS camp. Of those five, only striker Eduardo Sebrango remains.

Any speculation on the future of Canadian defender Simon Gatti is over before it really had a chance to begin.

Two days after being told he wasn’t going to take part in the Montreal Impact’s inaugural MLS season as a player, Gatti announced his retirement and will take a job in the the Impact’s academy. Gatti will coach the U14 prospects.

Gatti, who led the Impact in minutes played last season, is still a useful Division-2 player. Had he decided to try and prolong his career, there would no doubt have been an offer from one of the eight NASL clubs.

But Gatti said in a statement released by the Impact that he wanted to remain in Montreal, where had spent the last six seasons as a player.

“I think this is the right time for me to take the next step in my career. I am very proud to remain within the organization, but also in this city that I adore, which I consider my second home.”

Gatti was one of five Canadians who played with the Impact in its final NASL season who were invited to take part in the team’s inaugural MLS camp. Of those five, only striker Eduardo Sebrango remains.

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.