Received from the Argentine club San Lorenzo during the transfer of « Nacho » Piatti last winter, Emanuel Maciel was one of the beautiful surprises of the 2020 season in Montreal.
The 24-year-old Argentinian has appeared in 11 games, including 10 as a starter, and has collected three assists, all on beautiful long passes.
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« I’m very happy with my 2020 season, especially with the number of minutes and games that I was able to accumulate, » he said with the help of an interpreter.
« I felt comfortable from my first games, but unfortunately I got injured and it slowed me down afterwards. »
It was a sporting hernia that caused him to miss six games in October and which required an operation on his return to Argentina last fall.
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Maciel arrived in Montreal in a continent and a culture he did not know, but he was surrounded by several Latin Americans like Maximiliano Urruti, Jorge Corrales and even Bojan Krkic, a Catalan who was part of the gang.
This year, only Romell Quioto remains, but we note the arrival of Joaquin Torres, also 24 years old and Argentinian.
“I was taught a lot about the club and the city, and it opened doors for me that I also want to open for Joaquin,” he said of his compatriot who is no stranger to him. .
“I knew Joaquin, we faced each other in the lower divisions in Argentina. He’s a great player who, with his skills, can adapt to MLS. ”
Beyond his progress on the ground and what he can bring as a defensive midfielder or relay, Maciel is keen to continue his integration.
« During the off season, I continued with English lessons and I understand the explanations much better and a teammate can help me if I miss something. »
« Last year, Samuel Piette and Romell Quioto helped me a lot. »
And considering Maciel eats soccer, we can expect him to show some interesting progress this year.