“I think being from here, you always want a winner … of course, that’s the big goal,” says Impact coach Mauro Biello, celebrating after his team defeated Toronto FC in the final game of the MLS season at Saputo Stadium on Oct. 25, 2015.
Montreal hasn’t won a major professional sports championship since 2010, when the Alouettes brought home the Grey Cup.
Impact head coach Mauro Biello wants to change that in 2016.
“I think being from here, you always want a winner … of course, that’s the big goal,” said Biello, who grew up in Montreal. “But we also understand how hard it is to win. But if I had to make a wish it would be to win that (Major League Soccer) championship in 2016, but understanding the difficulties and the challenges that will be for us to achieve that.”
One of the biggest challenges for the Impact in 2016 could be playing without its biggest star, Didier Drogba, who appears headed back to Chelsea in the English Premier League — where he played for 10 seasons — as an assistant coach. Drogba, the international superstar from the Ivory Coast, had an immediate impact last season after arriving in Montreal in July, scoring 11 goals in 11 regular-season games.
The Impact sent out a tweet on Dec. 23, stating: “We are currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC. We are doing everything we can to have him back with the Impact in 2016.”
Biello also played a key role in the Impact’s success in 2015 after taking over from Frank Klopas, who was fired at the end of August when the team had an 8-11-5 record. Under Biello, the Impact went 7-2-1 to finish the regular season and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to the Columbus Crew.
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