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Impact draft pick Del Piccolo to remain with Eintracht Frankfurt

Paolo Del Piccolo
The Montreal Impact gambled, and its draft pick will remain in Europe rather than heading to Quebec for the opening of the team’s training camp.

On Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt announced it had signed former University of Louisville star Paolo DelPiccolo, and the American prospect will begin with Frankfurt’s U-23 side after impressing at training camp in Turkey.

The Impact chose the midfielder in the second round of the 2013 SuperDraft, 27th overall, knowing that Del Piccolo was in Turkey, auditioning for the Bundesliga side. Second-round picks usually don’t pan out, so it was a measured risk taken by the front office: Sporting Director Nick De Santis and co. thought enough of Del Piccolo to take the chance, but Frankfurt liked what it saw in the player, too.

But the gamble isn’t a bust, yet. Because the Impact still keep Del Piccolo’s MLS rights.

According to Del Piccolo’s agent, via Twitter, the Impact “retain DelPiccolo’s MLS rights. IMFC have been very supportive and we remain on good terms with an eye on the future.”

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  1. No

    January 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    They don’t keep the rights indefinitely. I think it’s for a year, 2 at the most.

    • Steven Sandor

      January 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      True. But, usually, if a player comes back from a youth side of a European club, it’s within that period. If he’s going to come back, it would happen fast.

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