Marco Di Vaio
While the news itself had been released earlier in the week, the Montreal Impact officially announced that Marco Di Vaio would be returning to the fold next season. Team President Joey Saputo, Technical Director Nick De Santis and the Italian striker himself made it official at a media event at Saputo Stadium over the noon hour Friday.
“Even in difficult times, we find good news,” Saputo began. “Today I am happy to confirm that our Designated Player, Marco Di Vaio will be returning for the 2014 season. Even with the club holding an option on his services we’re very pleased that Marco confirmed that he wanted to wait a while before retiring and will continue his career in Montreal. His decision to return was greeted with joy by his teammates, the coaching staff, media outlets and both the club’s employees and its fans. “
“In his second MLS season he leads the league with 19 goals and is in the running for the Golden Shoe,” the Impact President continued. “He has played no fewer than 30 games, spending 2476 minutes on the pitch. He is tied for second in the league with five game-winning goals, which makes him a serious contender for the Impact’s Player of the Year honours.”
“Above all statistics,” Saputo enthused “Marco is player who has proven his worth by his presence in the locker room and his leadership with our young players and, even at 37, he is a true professional and still has the desire to win.
“When we started our search for a DP we had criteria and expectations and Marco has met or surpassed them all. He is truly what a designated player should be and I hope that people around the league have noticed,” he said before mentioning that another player, one definitely not returning to the pitch in 2014, will be recognized in the last regular season home game.
“We will also be honouring the career of another special player tomorrow, one who wore the Impact jersey in 2012 and 2013, Marco’s good friend, defender Alessandro Nesta. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the stadium tomorow.”
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