The Montreal Impact terminated Ignacio Piatti’s contract Monday evening.
The former designated player is now free to rejoin San Lorenzo in Argentina. Piatti previously played for San Lorenzo before joining the Impact in 2014.
“While we had decided, collectively and in discussions with Nacho last year, that he would remain in Montreal for the 2020 season, he indicated to us at the start of training camp tht given his personal situation, he wished to return to Argentina to continue his soccer career and be close to his family,” Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement released by the club. “With this new outcome and out of respect for Nacho and his family, we worked diligently with his representatives and Argentine club San Lorenzo to find a solution.”
Piatti gave a message to Impact supporters through the club’s Twitter account.
“Thank you for everything you do for our team,” Piatti said. “Continue to support the team, because this year, there is an excellent coach and staff and many good players. You have to be behind the team for the Champions League and for MLS. I’ll see you soon and thank you for everything.”
A family decision
Renard and the Impact front office informed Piatti of their decision to pick up his option during players’ end-of-year news conferences. At the time, the midfielder decided not to speak to reporters.
The decision to return to his home country began when his family returned to Argentina at the end of last year for the birth of his daughter.
In six MLS seasons, Piatti became the Impact’s all-time leading goal scorer with 78 goals in all competitions. The Impact named Piatti the club’s most valuable player four consecutive times from 2015-18. The Argentine also featured twice on the MLS Best XI, in 2016 and 2018. In 2014, Piatti also helped the Impact reach the Concacaf Champions League final by recording two goals and one assist.
“I would like to thank Nacho, personally and on behalf of the club for his six years with the Montreal Impact,” owner Joey Saputo said. “His professionalism, class and love for the sport, this club and the city have marked his time in Montreal. The thrilling moment 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.”