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  • Ex-Premier League player Pascal Chimbonda on trial with Impact


    There was a nice surprise this morning as French defender Pascal Chimbonda joined the team in the third day of training camp.

    [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]However, the club and player himself didn't really make any comments on his arrival in Montreal, as he is still club-tied with Championship-side Doncaster Rovers. In fact, he just signed a short-term deal with the South Yorkshire club two weeks ago.

    Chimbonda signed with Doncaster on September 29th and accepted a large pay-cut to try and make up for lost time. He left his previous club, Queens Park Rangers, in April, and has since been struggling to find a club. Oddly enough, he is now in Montreal which casts a big doubt on his future at Doncaster.

    The French International - well, he played one game with them and sat on the bench at WC 2006 - was very vocal this morning at practice, playing at right-back alonside newcomer Nelson Rivas.

    UPDATE : It seems that Chimbonda was made unavailable for a Doncaster friendly against Sheffield Wednesday. According to the Yorkshire Post, Chimbonda was not in the lineup due to "family matters".

    Chimbonda was unable to play due to a family matter but should be fit enough to make his debut, if selected, against Leeds.

    Mike Sorber confirmed as assistant-coach

    In other training camp news, the Impact announced Mike Sorber as the new assistant-coach. Sorber and Marsch know each other very well, having coached and played together. His presence as well as the arrival of Preston Burpo as goalkeeper coach means that Mauro Biello and physical trainer Gil Oriols are the only two remaining members of the staff from the start of the 2011 season.

    Coach Marsch explained that he has yet to decide on Biello's and Oriol's future with the club and has also mentionned that he has someone in mind that he will add to his staff in the upcoming weeks.

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