Mike Sorber Joins Montreal Impact Coaching Staff

mike-sorber-montreal-impactFrom the MONTREAL IMPACT website – The Montreal Impact announced Wednesday that Mike Sorber has been named assistant coach of the first team. Mike Sorber served as an assistant coach for the US National Team since 2007 under head coach Bob Bradley. With the National Team he also worked with Impact head coach Jesse Marsch.

“Mike’s experience both coaching and playing at the international level will be invaluable for our organization as we build towards 2012,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “He also has great knowledge of MLS players and teams, which will help us prepare for our inaugural season.”

As a player (midfielder), he is one of the most decorated players in U.S. Soccer history. He played a total of 67 matches with the US national team, from 1992 to 1998, ranking him in the top 20 all-time on the U.S. side. He played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, starting all four games for the US.

jesse-marsch-chicago-fireAs noted, Sorber will work for Jesse Marsch, hired in August to be the head coach.
Former US national team manager Bob Bradley believes the Montreal Impact made “an excellent choice” by hiring Jesse Marsch as their head coach on Wednesday ahead of the club’s MLS expansion season in 2012.

Marsch served as an assistant for Bradley at the helm of the USMNT after retiring February 2010 following a 14-year MLS career. He was one of Bradley’s right-hand man during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as well as the run to the final of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“Mike’s experience both coaching and playing at the international level will be invaluable for our organization as we build towards 2012,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “He also has great knowledge of MLS players and teams, which will help us prepare for our inaugural season.”

As a player (midfielder), he is one of the most decorated players in U.S. Soccer history. He played a total of 67 matches with the US national team, from 1992 to 1998, ranking him in the top 20 all-time on the U.S. side. He played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, starting all four games for the US.

“Throughout his career as both a player and a coach, Jesse has demonstrated excellent leadership ability and knowledge of the game,” Bradley said in a statement on Wednesday. The careers of Bradley and Marsch have intertwined ever since their days at Princeton University in the early 1990s, when Bradley served as head coach. As an assistant at D.C. United, Bradley ensured Marsch was drafted by the club and then took the midfielder to Chicago when he assumed the coaching reins of the Fire.

From MLS, Montreal Miss Out On NASL Playoffs, Turn Focus To MLS
MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact won their very last game in the second division on Saturday night, beating the Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0 on the road, but all hopes of making the playoffs disappeared when the Minnesota Stars won in Carolina to take over the sixth and final spot.

The players and staff, who arrived in back in Montreal on Sunday afternoon, will now be looking forward as the team prepares for its first season in MLS next year.

“I’m extremely proud of the players, because they reacted very well after a bad start,” said technical director and interim coach Nick De Santis. “We played very well at the end of the season and I’m disappointed for the fans because they witnessed some great soccer in the past weeks.”

De Santis will now be heading to London to meet 2012 head coach Jesse Marsch, who has been there for the past week. Marsch has already been in talks with a few potential players who could be part of the team next season.

Both he and De Santis will return to Montreal on Wednesday to begin preparations for a small training camp due to begin on Monday, Oct. 3. The week-long camp will feature most of the current squad as well as a few prospects that Marsch has identified.

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