Nelson Rivas playing for Inter Milan against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League. Rivas is expected to sign with the Montreal Impact as their first player.

Montreal Impact Sign Nelson Rivas As First MLS Player

Montreal Impact announce ex-Inter Milan and Colombian defender Nelson Rivas as their first MLS signing. He will reportedly not be a Designated Player.

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Montreal Impact Make Ex-Inter Milan Defender Nelson Rivas First MLS Signing

The Montreal Impact made their first MLS signing on Monday, inking ex-Inter Milan defender Nelson Rivas to a contract. Contrary to earlier reports, Rivas will not qualify as a Designated Player.

"We were very creative in our negociations with Nelson, and he does not qualify as a DP" - Nick De Santis #MLS#IMFC
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In signing the 28-year-old defender, the Impact are following a similar path as the Vancouver Whitecaps, who made Jay DeMerit their first-ever MLS signing. DeMerit has been solid, but overall unimpressive as the Whitecaps have struggled to one of the worst seasons in MLS history. Clearly, the Impact will be hoping for better from Rivas.

Rivas was mostly a reserve during his four seasons at Inter Milan, appearing in just 28 games across all competitions. He was sent out on loan during each of the past two seasons to Serie B side Livorno. He has made several Champions League appearances with Inter, including a game against Manchester United in 2009.  

"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."

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