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The Montreal Impact have followed the Vancouver Whitecaps’ lead — and have looked to Switzerland for inspiration.

The Impact removed the “trialist” tag from left-sided defender Dennis Iapichino on Wednesday. He will make his debut with the club after his International Transfer Certificate clears.

“We’re very happy and excited to add a young player like Dennis to our roster,” added Impact sporting director Nick De Santis in a release issued by the club. “At his age, he’s already played a lot of professional games at a high level and we feel that he can settle right away in MLS like Felipe, Andrew Wenger and Zarek Valentin. It’s tough to find left sided players and his technique and abilities are very good. We have a great nucleus of young players that could eventually be the future of this team.”

Iapichino spent the last two seasons at Swiss side FC Lugano, where he spent some time teaming with current Impact midfield star, Felipe. He’s a product of the FC Basel youth system. Now, he’ll be asked to help improve on what has been the league’s worst defence.

Iapichino is only 21.

Dennis Iapichino

Of course, the Whitecaps have had success in combing Switzerland for talent, including Canada-born Swiss defender/midfielder Alain Rochat, Swiss-born midfielder Davide Chiumiento and French forward Eric Hassli, who made a name for himself in the Swiss league.

The Montreal Impact have followed the Vancouver Whitecaps’ lead — and have looked to Switzerland for inspiration.

The Impact removed the “trialist” tag from left-sided defender Dennis Iapichino on Wednesday. He will make his debut with the club after his International Transfer Certificate clears.

“We’re very happy and excited to add a young player like Dennis to our roster,” added Impact sporting director Nick De Santis in a release issued by the club. “At his age, he’s already played a lot of professional games at a high level and we feel that he can settle right away in MLS like Felipe, Andrew Wenger and Zarek Valentin. It’s tough to find left sided players and his technique and abilities are very good. We have a great nucleus of young players that could eventually be the future of this team.”

Iapichino spent the last two seasons at Swiss side FC Lugano, where he spent some time teaming with current Impact midfield star, Felipe. He’s a product of the FC Basel youth system. Now, he’ll be asked to help improve on what has been the league’s worst defence.

Iapichino is only 21.

Of course, the Whitecaps have had success in combing Switzerland for talent, including Canada-born Swiss defender/midfielder Alain Rochat, Swiss-born midfielder Davide Chiumiento and French forward Eric Hassli, who made a name for himself in the Swiss league.

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