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Montreal Impact announce roster moves, will extend Blerim Dzemaili's loan


The Montreal Impact announced their end-of-season roster moves on Thursday, revealing that they’ll renew Designated Player Blerim Dzemaili’s loan and bring the Swiss international back for 2018.

The Impact exercised options on six other players: goalkeeper Evan Bush, defenders Kyle Fisher and Daniel Lovitz, midfielders David Choiniere and Michael Salazar and striker Nick DePuy.

Montreal also announced that they won’t exercise the options on defender Shaun Francis and midfielder Andres Romero and will not offer new deals to out of contract goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, defender Hassoun Camara or midfielder Hernan Bernardello. None of the five will be back at Stade Saputo in 2018.

Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, defenders Deian Boldor, Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman and Wandrille Lefevre, midfielders Louis Beland-Goyette, Marco Donadel, Ignacio Piatti, Samuel Piette, Shamit Shome and Ballou Tabla and strikers Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Matteo Mancosu and Dominic Oduro were already under contract for 2018.

Defender Chris Duvall is also out of contract, but has been offered a new deal by Montreal. Defender Ambroise Oyongo has also been offered a new contract by Montreal, but has announced his intention to play in Europe. It was reported earlier this week that he’d agreed to join Ligue 1 club Montpellier.

The Impact endured a disappointing 2017, finishing ninth in the East and missing the playoffs just one year after pushing Toronto FC to extra time in the Eastern Conference Championship series. The club fired head coach Mauro Biello after the season and replaced him with former Lyon manager Remi Garde earlier this month. 

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