Even before the game against the Revolution started on Wednesday night, Impact supporters had already had their dose of emotions since we announced in quick succession the departures of Saphir Taïder and Clément Diop.
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Taïder was transferred to Saudi club Al Ain for an amount that was not disclosed while Diop returned to France for personal reasons and for an indefinite period.
« An opportunity presented itself and the club worked to satisfy Saphir’s desire, which ended with this transfer, » sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement.
Father of four children, the last of whom was born in recent weeks, Taïder was looking far more to reunite his family than to leave the Impact, another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m leaving with a broken heart because I felt really great in this club, and my family was great in this city. I will keep wonderful memories, ”said Taïder in the same press release.
The departure of Taïder opens the door to the young Amar Sejdic, who has been showing great things for a week.
“It’s the coaching staff who will decide. I am like a sponge and I try to absorb as much information as possible, ”said Sejdic.
He also frees up an international place in addition to that reserved for Mustafa Kizza, who has still not joined the team.
Designated player who was in his third year with the Impact, he had a year to go after his agreement with the Impact and according to the documents from the Players’ Association, he received $ 1.4 million last year. In 76 games, he had 20 goals and 21 assists.
Taïder has missed the last five games with a thigh injury.
Effect on the match
It’s hard to say if these two news influenced the start of the Impact’s game, which was completely dominated for the first 30 minutes.
“We approached the game with optimism, we knew we had to be as energetic as them, but we came out flat and I don’t know why. We will have to look into that, ”said Shamit Shome.
Thierry Henry tried to minimize Taïder’s departure by recalling that he has not played for a few meetings.
“Saphir was not there for several games and Clément had to leave for a little while. We have a lot of injuries and we continue to lose players. In addition, Jukka [Raitala] was not there. «