Coincidence put Arguez on Montreal radar before signing

MONTREAL — American midfielder Bryan Arguez, whose acquisition by the Montreal Impact was announced on Friday, may not have been headed to Quebec if not for a bit of coincidence.

In 2011, Arguez was a member of the NASL’s Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, where he was a teammate of Gerson Mayen. Mayen, who was on loan from Chivas USA, was acquired by the Impact in a trade on Wednesday.

“[Arguez] caught my attention when I was watching Mayen’s progress with the Strikers,” Marsch admitted. “Bryan had been the best player in that team.”

Marsch sent assistant coach Preston Burpo down to Fort Lauderdale to watch Arguez play, and the club began talks with the defensive midfielder a while back. Arguez, 22, actually signed before the expansion draft, but was only unveiled on Friday so the Impact did not give any other clubs any indication of what they were seeking during the Expansion Draft process.

Arguez brings Montreal's roster to 17, and it seems the Impact are just getting started on the player front.

“There will be more announcements to come soon,” Marsch said.

The head coach went on to confirm that he will make his fourth scouting trip since taking over, heading to Portugal for two or three days.

“The idea is the same as when I went to South America, only with different prospects,” he told MLSsoccer.com. “We added a few attacking players during the expansion draft, but we’re still looking for more players in that role.”