Montreal in the heart

Montréal dans le coeur

The supporters of the Impact remember Eduardo Sebrango for his two goals against Santos Laguna, one evening in February 2009. The native of Cuba has not forgotten him, either.

“This is probably my best memory, but there have been championships as well,” he says.

We must put things in their context. The Impact dispute the first leg of the quarterfinals against Santos Laguna. The modest second division club fall club mexican 2 to 0 in an olympic Stadium overheated by 55 571 spectators.

We speak here of a feat, neither more nor less. Sebrango added a goal in the return match, but as we all know, the Impact of losing a lead of 2 to 1 at half-time and grants the four goals in the second half, including two in added time, to whiling away his ticket to the semi-finals.

What we tend to forget is that the away match was the first match of Sebrango in his return with the Blue-white-black after a lapse of three seasons in Vancouver, where he had begun his canadian adventure, in 1999.

“The main reason why I’m back in Montreal, it is because I wanted to be closer to my children who lived with their mother in Kingston, Ontario. ”

Besides, his son Donovan, a defender with the Kitchener Rangers, should be called between the end of the first round and the third round in the next draft of the national hockey League.

Arrived in Canada in 1999 at the age of 26, Sebrango, therefore, almost lived half of his life here, and Quebec is the land of his adoption.

“I met my wife and things became easier. I have a son of five and a half years. I’m here non-stop since 2009, this is half of my years in Canada, I’m Québécois. ”

Two retreats

Sebrango has had success everywhere he has gone. He has won five titles of the A-League and USL, two with Vancouver, two with the Impact, and one with the villains Raging Rhinos of Rochester.

He has made a first stay in Montreal between 2002 and 2005 for return in the circumstances described earlier in 2009. This return will end at the end of the 2010 season, when he retired, somewhat reluctantly.

“In 2011, the management has decided to keep younger players in order to negotiate the transition to the MLS. I would have been able to go play elsewhere and leave Montreal, but I didn’t want to do it. ”

But now, the last season in the NASL is painful and it appeals to the veteran 38-year-old puts on his cleats again.

“The team had a season to be really difficult, Nick De Santis was clear, this was only to help the younger players as a mentor. I didn’t really play. ”

A chance

He scored six goals in half a season. The team does not do the series, but Sebrango convinces the new coach, Jesse Marsch, to invite him to training camp.

“It was really great, I am happy to have had this chance, especially as during the training camp, I didn’t know what the future may have reserved.

“I wanted to be a part of this first season in MLS, I took a risk because I had no contract. ”

This risk-taking enabled him, at 39 years of age, to live the first season of the team in MLS and to validate its capabilities in the face of players a lot younger.

Professor

Since his second retirement, Sebrango has become a coach at the Academy from the Impact, taking care of the team of under 14 years of age.

“There are a lot of education to do, because this is the first group. They come from the préacadémie or clubs, and it must show them why they are there.

“We want that they understand what they’re getting into and what it takes to become a professional. ”

Although it requires a lot of patience, Sebrango is happy in its functions, which finally are tailor-made for him.

“I had obtained a degree in physical education before immigrating to Canada. I wanted to teach and pass my experience to the younger. ”

It can be said that with him, the young shoots are learning at the right school.

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