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– CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) January 18, 2024
The Montreal CF camp got underway a few days ago in Arizona. The team’s new coach – along with his new assistant David Sauvry – has been getting to know his new players for a few days now, and already, I like the broad outlines of his plan. Focus on three values to drive the group forward: gratitude, joy and effort.
Our coach’s mentality: Gratitude, happiness and hard work
– CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) January 17, 2024
It’s not just Hernan Losada who left during the off-season: Romell Quioto, Zackary Brault-Guillard, Ahmed Hamdi, Aaron Herrera, Jojea Kwizera, James Pantemis and Sean Rea also headed in another direction. Add to this the departures of Kamal Miller, Matko Miljevic and Rudy Camacho, and you’ll agree that Montreal CF has changed a lot since the departure of MLS champion Wilfried Nancy.
But it hasn’t just been a matter of departures; Ruan, Raheem Edwards, Joaquin Sosa and Sebastian Breza have also joined. Rida Zouhir is back after a year on loan in the United States…
First, forward Mattias Coccaro, a Honduran who played in Argentina until recently, sounds like a guy who’s close to a deal with Montreal CF. So are his current bosses.
Excerpts from an article in the Argentinian media Clarín
Huracán officials have promised to sell him if an acceptable offer comes in.
Matías Cóccaro left the house he was renting and said goodbye to everyone.
The first offers (Grèces and Puebla) have… pic.twitter.com/jXzcltyNY7
– Nilton Jorge (@NiltonJorge) January 18, 2024
DAVID GARZÓN, PRESIDENT HURACÁN
There are two offers for Matías Cóccaro, but if they really want him, interested clubs will have to try a little harder to get him. Otherwise, Matías will stay
The highest offer of $1.6M was made by… pic.twitter.com/4TxTcPqigY
– Nilton Jorge (@NiltonJorge) January 18, 2024
Coccaro is a 26-year-old right-handed forward measuring around 5’10 and worth around 5 million Euros according to Transfertmarkt. He knows how to score goals, but is better known for his grinta on the pitch, rather than his goal column in the league. Montreal CF would have the opportunity to acquire him for around $2-3 million. If it works out, he would be the replacement for Quioto, who has left for Iran.
But Coccaro wouldn’t be the only attacking player on the verge of joining the Montreal squad: according to a Bulgarian sports journalist, attacking midfielder Dominik Yankov has been sold to CF Montreal for around $2 million.
Ludogorets have reportedly agreed a $2m deal to sell their midfielder and Bulgaria international Dominik Yankov to #MLS side Montreal. Yankov was born in Toronto and will now return to Canada where he made his first steps pic.twitter.com/E2YDI9iNXk
– Metodi_Shumanov (@shumanskoo) January 19, 2024
If this transfer goes ahead, Yankov could be in a position to challenge Bryce Duke and Mathieu Choinière in midfield. If, of course, he manages to make a bigger impact than Ilyas Iliadis when he arrives in Montreal (or the southern U.S., to be more precise).
This isn’t the first time Yankov’s name has been linked to CF Montreal. I invite you to read this string of tweets about X to learn more about this spectacular young player.
If Courtois decides to stick with a three-center-back scheme – and the two rumors above are confirmed – Montreal CF could finally have some nice depth at each position.
Note that Sunusi was not present at the opening of the team’s camp in Arizona earlier this week. There is currently some uncertainty surrounding his availability.
Attacking midfielders (1): Duke, Choinière and Yankov.
I deliberately didn’t mention Ketterer, Thorkelsson, Iliadis.
Frankly, I’m much more optimistic than I was this time last year. The coach, the squad, the vibe around the team…
Will you be vibrating to the rhythm of the CF Montréal next summer?
– The club announced yesterday that it had sold all available season tickets. We’re talking about 13,000 to 14,000 tickets. Bravo… and thanks to theMessi effect.
– Eight academicians are currently taking part in the first-team camp in Arizona. Alessandro Biello is perhaps the most interesting of them all. I’ve had the chance to watch him play on several occasions, and he’s always been able to control the midfield. Sebastien Joseph (U17) comes from my neck of the woods. My chums coached him and I’ve been watching him develop since he was 10 or 11. He’s got that wow factor that allows him to make the difference at any moment during a match. As for Jesse Saputo, he’s obviously the owner’s son. I’ve hardly ever seen him play, but I wonder if he’d be in the camp if his name was Jesse Manolo, say?
– Inter Miami has announced several preparatory games, the first of which tonight in El Salvador.
Pre-season schedule for Messi and friends (good viewing) pic.twitter.com/UfCqXvqz46
– Gavino De Falco (@GavinoDe_Falco) January 18, 2024
We’re still waiting for the list of CFM pre-season matches.