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The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Impact de Montreal

With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

That's not just a preview... it's a "beer-view".

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By Ludovick Martin

Team: Impact de Montréal

Coach: Frank Klopas

Is he the right man for the job?

Go figure... Klopas is the third coach in three years for the MLS version of the Impact. If you go back to the second division days he's the sixth coach since Nick DeSantis resigned from the post in 2008 to concentrate on his sporting director job. So much for stability...

Player(s) to watch:

For Marco DiVaio 2014 is probably his swan song, He'll want to leave a good impression. Hernan Bernardello, Montreal's second designated player, was really good last August before getting hurt. He's a big key to Montreal's success this year.

Patrice Bernier, the local hero, played injured for most of the later part of 2013. The fact that he was not in the best of shape is one if the reasons why the Impact struggled so much at the end of the year.

Felipe, the small Brazilian, was magical two years ago. Last season he was not as impressive, even if he had more goals and more assists. He could be the key to Montreal's attack in 2014.

Predictions for 2014?

Montreal had a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde kind of season in 2013. With a new head coach on board, it's kind of hard to know what to expect. But with other eastern teams looking like they upgraded their squad it's not easy to be confident about Montreal's chances. Especially when you consider that they added only one player outside of the Superdraft in the off-season.

Local Beer Pairing:

Moralité (morality in English), brewed by Dieu du Ciel. Why? First there's the fact that it's an American pale ale. Just like the Impact, its roots are European (that's the pale ale part) but there's an American twist to it. It fits because, with a new American coach, the Impact are definitely looking back to the U.S. to establish its identity.

Also, since it's an American pale ale, you can expect the beer to be pretty hoppy (it's named Moralité in part because of its immoral quantity of hop in the recipe). Which means it will have a strong aftertaste, just like the Impact 2013 season (although in the beer it's actually a good thing).

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