Impact, Ignacio Piatti agree to terminate contract

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Montreal Impact's Ignacio Piatti salutes fans following an MLS soccer game against the New York Red Bulls, in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Contract negotiations between Piatti and the Impact took a bizarre and unexpected turn Tuesday afternoon. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact and midfielder Ignacio Piatti have agreed to terminate his Major League Soccer contract, allowing the Argentine to sign with his former club.

The Impact announced the move in a press release Monday.

Piatti can sign a new contract with first division Argentine club San Lorenzo, the team he played with before joining Montreal in 2014.

"I would like to thank Nacho, personally and on behalf of our club, for his six years with the Montreal Impact," said owner and chairman Joey Saputo. "His professionalism, class and love for the sport, this club and this city have marked his time in Montreal. The thrilling moments he allowed us to experience and share through his play on the field will remain fixed in this club’s history, as will his status as one of the greatest players to wear the Impact jersey.

"I wish Nacho all the best in his return to his homeland and look forward to welcoming him back as an alumnus once his playing days are over."

Piatti played six MLS seasons with the Impact, becoming the team’s all-time leading goal scorer in all competitions with 78 goals.

Piatti ranks first in Impact club history with 130 regular-season starts, 66 MLS goals, 11,427 minutes played, 35 assists, 15 penalty goals, 15 game-winning goals, 13 game-winning assists and 14 multi-goal games.

He was twice selected to the MLS Best XI, in 2016 and 2018,

Piatti also registered five goals and three assists in eight starts in the MLS Cup playoffs, helping the club reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2016.

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