Frederico Moojen and Andres Arango join the Impact

Moojen, 24, was the Impact’s second-round pick in the 2006 United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division College Player Draft. During his college career Moojen tallied 59 goals and 133 points in three seasons with Clemson University and Lincoln Memorial University.

In 2005 and 2006, Moojen also finished top scorer of the USL Premier Development League (PDL), scoring 18 goals each season with the Cocoa Expos and the defunct Augusta Fireball. In 2006, he was also named PDL Player of the Year.

“We’re very happy to have him with us,” said Montreal Impact head coach Nick De Santis. “He is a natural scorer who is dangerous around the net. It will be a new challenge for him and he will have to adapt to the league’s style of play but his offensive qualities are a great asset.”

Andres Arango returns to the Impact after spending the last three seasons with the Toronto Lynx. The 23-year-old Ontario-native played the 2003 season in Montreal but was traded on February 25, 2004 to Toronto in exchange for defender Mauricio Vincello.

Arango was named the Lynx Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Last year, he was the team’s leader in minutes played and sixth overall in the league, with 2430 minutes in 27 games. He also played with the Canadian National U-20 Team during the last FIFA U20 World Cup, in 2003.

“Andres gained a lot of experience in Toronto,” added De Santis. “He had a very strong 2006 season, gaining confidence and taking on more responsibilities defensively. He is another young player that will add depth to our line-up.”

The organization also announced that midfielder Masahiro Fukasawa will not be back with the team in 2007. Fukasawa signed a contract with Bangkok University FC, a first division club in Thailand. Also, midfielder Mesut Mert was released after two seasons with the team. Finally, the club also announced that forward Joel Bailey’s contract will not be renewed.

To prepare for its season opener, set for Sunday, April 21 against the Atlanta Silverbacks, the Impact will kick off its training camp on March 15 at the Catalogna Soccerplexe, in Lachine.

For a second consecutive season, the team will then fly to Florida, from March 22 to April 4 to continue its camp outdoors, at the Sunrise Hilton Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale.

During their stay in Florida, the Impact will square off against USL First Division teams in exhibition play, notably against the Miami FC. The camp will conclude on April 13.

“It’s a good thing because we will have the opportunity to play games against high-caliber teams, which will increase our level of play,” said Nick De Santis. “This camp in Florida is also a good way to create team chemistry before the beginning of the season.”

Montreal’s 14th home opener in club history at Claude-Robillard Sports Complex will take place Sunday, May 20, against the Seattle Sounders.

The Montreal Impact is organizing a “on invitation” three-day camp for soccer players who are looking to participate in the team’s official training camp. The tryouts will take place March 7, 8 and 9, at the Catalogna Soccerplexe in Lachine.



Source: Patrick Vallée, Montreal Impact
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