The Impact made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference final and nearly booked a spot in MLS Cup, making 2016 by far their most successful season. Now they have to figure out how to translate that success to 2017 and, ideally, even look like a great team during the regular season.
What do they have to do to do that?
Get younger in the midfield
The Impact's midfield is shockingly old and while they may be good, Montreal can only depend on them so much. Ignacio Piatti is great, but getting a younger player to put in the midfield is a priority because Patrice Bernier is aging and Hernan Bernadello is hardly spry. Adding another younger midfielder or two for depth may not be bad either.
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Find a new Designated Player
Didier Drogba is leaving the club, opening up a DP spot that the Impact seem intent on using. They won't spend a ton of money like Toronto FC have done, but they can still give their team a huge boost with a good signing.
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Add to the forward depth
Drogba is gone, which is fine becuase the team was better with Matteo Mancosu anyway. The problem is he's a forward out the door, while Dominic Oduro could be gone too. As good as Mancosu is, the Impact need to have other options, if only to spell him.
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Figure out the development path
The Impact launched a reserve team in USL, FC Montreal, for the 2015 season, but they've shuttered it in favor of linking up with the Ottawa Fury as an affiliate. That's a perfectly fine choice, but the Fury could be leaving USL for the soon-to-be-launched Canadian league and there's no word on the roster rules for the league. The Impact may not be able to use the Fury as an affiliate after 2017 and it's important Montreal get some clarity on the future of their development path.
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Continue the stability
The Impact did a lot of good things in their first few years, but they also made so many changes from year to year that it was tough for them to really develop anything. They've started to show a little more stability of late and, unsurprisingly, they've seen the results of it on the pitch. Resist the urge to make major changes.