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Montreal Impact decline options on veterans Rod Fanni, Bacary Sagna


What promises to be a busy offseason for the Montreal Impact started with the announcement veteran defenders Rod Fanni and Bacary Sagna are among a group of players who will not have their contract option for 2019 not exercised, the club announced Monday.

However, according to a statement, the Impact are in discussions with Fanni and Sagna about a return. Louis Beland-Goyette and forward Michael Salazar also didn’t have their option exercised, while midfielder David Choiniere will be invited to preseason training camp after seeing his option declined.

The Impact exercised options on goalkeepers Jason Beaulieu, Maxime Crepeau and James Pantemis, defender Victor Cabrera and midfielders Micheal Azira, Ken Krolicki and Jeisson Vargas.

The Impact failed to make the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs in Remi Garde’s first season as head coach. After the season, which saw Montreal finish seventh, four points below the playoff line in the East, the club announced the mutual parting of ways with technical director Adam Braz.

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