By DAN KARELL
On the heels of a poor run of form, the Montreal Impact are closing in on what would be a major signing for the club.
The Canadian club announced on Monday that they are in advanced negotiations to bring defensive midfielder Hernan Bernardello to the Impact, potentially as a designated player. The 26-year-old Argentine spent last season back in his homeland with Colon, after featuring over 100 times between 2009 and 2012 with Almeria, split between La Liga and the second division.
If Bernardello does sign with the club, it would follow the recent moves made by Impact General Manager Nick De Santis when he sent two of his team’s reserve midfielders on loan to the NASL.
An interesting side-note to this story is that Bernardello was reported to have been signed by Puebla in Liga MX last Saturday. Last season at Colon, Bernardello featured 25 times, scoring one goal in league matches.
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MILLER RECALLED FOR FRIENDLY AT WEMBLEY
For the first time since the end of March, Kenny Miller will be featuring for the Scotland National Team.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has called in the Vancouver Whitecaps forward for the upcoming friendly match between England and Scotland on August 14 at Wembley Stadium in London, part of the FA’s celebration of their 150th anniversary.
The 33-year-old is fit from his hamstring troubles earlier in the season, but he’ll cause some headaches to Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie due to the call-up. With a mid-week match, Miller is likely to miss either the August 10 home game against the San Jose Earthquakes or the August 17 match at the Colorado Rapids.
Miller has scored six goals in 12 matches this season, though he has hit a bit of a rough patch, with just one goal in his last six games.
EARTHQUAKES DEFEAT NORWICH CITY IN FRIENDLY
Despite resting a number of regulars, the San Jose Earthquakes took home a 1-0 victory over Norwich City in a friendly match on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Cordell Cato scored the game’s lone goal in the seventh minute, taking advantage of a poor back pass and finishing past Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn. While Norwich was continuing their preseason preparations, the Earthquakes mix of starters and reserves held the likes of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer, and Anthony Pilkington off the scoreboard.
The result leaves the Earthquakes with a 2-0-3 record in international friendly matches at against teams from the Premier League.
What do you think of this news? Do you believe Montreal needs another defensive midfielder? Do you see Miller missing either game before and/or after the friendly? Impressed with the Earthquakes win?
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