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Quebecois and Canadian international midfielder Samuel Piette signed a new three-year contract with the club in late 2019. The agreement comes with an option for the 2023 season.
Piette has played his last six seasons with the Impact in MLS, tallying over 10,000 minutes of play. On May 18, 2019, Piette ended a 51 regular season game streak (3 in 2017, 34 in 2018 and 14 in 2019), surpassing Patrice Bernier’s previous club record of 45 set in 2013. He helped the Impact win its fourth Canadian Championship last September 25 at BMO Field, in Toronto, after starting four games during the tournament.
In 2018, he became the first Impact player, excluding goalkeepers, in MLS and the third player in club history, in the first and second divisions, after Paul Dougherty (1995) and Mauro Biello (2000), to start every regular season game, and the first Impact player to appear in every MLS game during the season.
Before joining the Impact, Piette played a total of 46 games in Spain’s third division between 2015 and 2017, including 32 with CD Izarra in 2016-17. He joined Deportivo La Coruña in 2014 and spent a year on loan with Racing de Ferrol in the 2015-16 season. He previously played in Germany, in 2013 and 2014, with Fortuna Düsseldorf, appearing in two 2. Bundesliga games, as well as in 31 games with the youth team.
Originally from Repentigny, Piette played his youth soccer in Québec with FC Boisbriand, before joining FC Metz, in France, from 2009 to 2012, following a partnership with the Quebec Soccer Federation.
At the international level, Piette has recorded four assists in 46 games, including 32 starts, with the Canadian national team. He made his senior debut with the Reds at the age of 17, on June 3, 2012, against the United States. He has appeared in the last four Concacaf Gold Cup tournaments, in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, while also appearing in several 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He also represented Canada at the U17, U20 and U23 levels and played in the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico.