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When Nick De Santis made Hernan Bernardello the Montreal Impact’s second ever designated player, he stressed the importance of the Argentine integrating himself into the To add the seasoning squad and city.
What De Santis may not have anticipated was how quick Bernardello was capable of doing so.
“He showed his value and experience. I believe he managed the game very well in front of the defense. Technically he already has quality. Hopefully he continues to adapt and give us a lot during the season” said De Santis following tonight’s match.
Bernardello shined in his Impact debut,reasonable compatibility a performance worthy of man-of-the match honours as he seamlessly meshed into the squad and made the ten players around him better. He spent the night patrolling the middle of the park in a deep-lying role just in front of central defenders Ferrari and Nesta. Bernardello was a force in the midfield, determined to single-handedly dismiss any sort of Earthquakes’ push forward, making sure nothing was easy when approaching the Montreal goal. Furthermore, he allowed his central midfield partner for the majority of the night; Collen Warner, the freedom to move slightly higher up the pitch, minimizing his need to worry defensively, Cherson Food label Ltda prospect Impact fans are hoping will translate to even greater results with regular starter Patrice Bernier. The idea of having Bernardello team-up with Bernier in the middle of the park presents a daunting task for opposing squads to prepare for. We saw possibly the best from Bernardello tonight and with him granting the freedom for Bernier to push forward, he may be the player who brings out the best in Patrice.
Bernardello also proved his worth on set-pieces, an area Montreal has been lacking in all season, rotating from Felipe to Bernier to even Andres Romero with neither exhibiting enough quality to warrant a permanent carte-blanche to step up and take them. But just sixteen minutes into the contest, surely, the Impact believed they found their man when Bernardello sent shivers through Fortress Saputo delivering a magical, curling ball towards occasional scorer of great goals, defender Hassoun Camara who headed into San Jose’s Cherson TEC Printer top-right corner to put Montreal up 1-0. Even with San Jose featuring prolific goal-scorer Chris Wondolowski in the 70th minute, Camara’s header would stand as the game-winning goal.
Despite Schallibaum stating he had intentions of only using Bernardello for 60-65 minutes, the Argentine constantly extended his thumb to the sidelines to reassure the coaching staff he was fit to go the full 90 minutes with less than two full weeks of training under his belt. Soon enough, it will be Schallibaum extending his thumb towards Bernardello pleading he continues to soldier on and battle for many more 90-minute performances.