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Bacary Sagna is expected to return to his new team-mates for a training session on Sunday.
It will have to wait a little before to see the work the rear right side French Bacary Sagna in the uniform blue-white-black, has entrusted the technical director of the Impact, Adam Braz, Thursday morning. Sagna, who has agreed on the terms of a contract with the club until the end of the season 2018, with an option year for the season 2019, will not participate in the meeting on Saturday evening against Real Salt Lake. It should, however, find his new team-mates for a training session on Sunday.
“With 10 games to play — including several outside — and a playoff race, we needed to get players experience. Bacary has participated in several big games over his career. And when one has the opportunity to get a player like him, we must seize it, ” said Braz.
In addition to Sagna, the Impact has acquired Wednesday, the american striker Quincy Amarikwa of the Earthquakes of San Jose and the defensive midfielder Micheal Azira of the Rapids of the Colorado. Unlike Sagna, Amarikwa and Azira will join their teammates in Salt Lake City. “We added three players of experience to our workforce. Bacary has played more than 300 games at various levels, including the world Cup and the Euro, it will bring the experience on the ground, ” said Braz.
35-year-old Sagna has played 10 seasons in the English Premier League, from 2007 to 2017, taking part in 267 games with the Arsenal and Manchester City. Notably, he collected 4 goals and 19 assists, in addition to contributing to 95 shutouts for their teams. He was named in teams of the year from the Association of professional football players in 2007-2008 and 2010-2011.
According to Braz, the arrival of Sagna is not a discrediting of the work of the right-side Michael Petrasso. “The players can learn from Bacary, especially those which change its position “.
The mess Briand
Additionally, Braz has not said that he was disappointed by the fact that he had been unable to expand its workforce in attack, especially after the mess in the folder of the French Jimmy Briand.
“We studied a lot of tracks, both in MLS and outside, he said. It has unfortunately not materialized, this has not prevented us from working to find players at other positions. “
Braz has also pointed out that the fact that the agreement Amarikwa will expire at the end of the campaign and as Azira was accompanied by an option year for 2019 had tipped the balance in their favour.
“The money saved will allow us to have a margin of manoeuvre at the end of the season. It is better not to have too many obligations, because that way we can make choices based on the individual and collective performance of our players. It is therefore more easy to be able to move at the end of the season. “