Montreal Signs First Player, Colombian Defender Nelson Rivas

Montreal Signs First Player, Colombian Defender Nelson Rivas

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 3, 2011
  • Features

The Montreal Impact may be months away from taking the field as a MLS club but manager Jesse Marsch and company are already beginning to make the transition a big one for the club. Today they have announced the signing of Colombian defender and former Inter Milan man, Nelson Rivas.

Rivas will be eligible for MLS games in 2012 pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and work visa. He will not be a DP for the new club.

The 28-year old Rivas played with Inter Milan for the last four years. Rivas was transferred to Internazionale in July of 2007 for €7.5 million. His most recent game with Inter was played on January 12, 2011 in a Coppa Italia win versus Genoa. Yes, its been nearly a year since his last meaningful game. He was released from his contract with Inter back in August.

“We are excited to bring on board a player like Nelson,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “I think it sets the tone for what kind of players we want to bring in for 2012, and what type of organization we want to be. I am confident that his talent and great experience will make our club and team better.”

This will certainly be an interesting signing for the club. It has a certain DeMerit-like feel to it since Rivas hasn’t played in what feels like forever. It will also be interesting to see this club take shape over the next couple of months with the expansion draft in November and the SuperDraft in January. Gotta wonder how much of the current Impact squad will be brought up to MLS and how much will be left in the dust.