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CF Montreal names defensive midfielder Samuel Piette as captain

MONTREAL – Major League Soccer club CF Montreal has named defensive midfielder Samuel Piette as captain for the 2023 season.

Piette, 28, has two goals and 10 assists in 145 games, including 129 starts in seven MLS seasons.

Piette became CF Montreal’s all-time leader within minutes in a March 4 game against Austin FC with 11,487, passing Nacho Piatti (11,427).

He can match Piatti’s club record of 130 starts if he’s in the starting 11 when Montreal hosts Philadelphia on Saturday. He is also closing in on Patrice Bernier’s record of 151 total MLS appearances.

Midfielder Victor Wanyama and defender Kamal Miller will continue to act as co-assistant captains.

Internationally, Piette, of Le Gardeur, Que., has earned 66 caps with Canada’s National Men’s Team since making his debut in 2012 at age 17. He represented Canada last November at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

“I am immensely proud of this title as it shows that I have the confidence of the club, the head coach and the players,” Piette said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I want to continue to fulfill this role to the best of my abilities to continue to push this team in the right direction, achieve new goals and continue to make the fans proud of our team.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 14, 2023.

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