Maxime Chanot, from the galleys of Gueugnon to the MLS final with New York City

When Maxime Chanot listens to the American anthem on Saturday (match at 9 p.m.) at Providence Park, on the shores of the Pacific, the New York City FC defender will surely hear the background noise of a river in Haute-Corse. The flow of the Restonica will resound like a saving melody. And an Angel will pass through the Portland sky. “Ten years ago, I left a bankruptcy filing in Gueugnon with a broken foot and I had nothing left, rewind this 32-year-old guy who has become one of the best defensemen in MLS. I had gone around Corte, where I have roots. I had the chance to meet a fabulous man, Ange, whom I consider to be my father. Ange helped me on all levels. Every morning, I went to heal myself with him by plunging my bruised foot into this torrent. « 

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