Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Camara, Bush Proud to Remain with Impact since before Club Joined MLS

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Camara, Bush Proud to Remain with Impact since before Club Joined MLS

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Camara, Bush are Impact's mainstays


MONTREAL - Despite constant turnover of players, goalkeeper Evan Bush and defender Hassoun Camara keep rolling along with the Montreal Impact.

Both joined the club in 2011 when it was playing in the North American Soccer League and both stayed on when it joined major League Soccer and following year.

And not only are both still there, they have become established regulars and leaders on the team.

"I'm very happy because I didn't expect to stay all this time with this club," Camara, 32, said Thursday. "It's fantastic because you can see that the squad changed year by year, so when you stay here it means you're giving something good to the team.

"I'm very proud of that. I'm playing my best soccer and I want to show that I'm the best. I think I have the quality to be one of the best in this league and I work every day to show that."

Two others, captain Patrice Bernier and midfielder Calum Mallace, have been with the Impact since the Impact's expansion year in 2012. Bernier actually has the most years of service with the club -- eight -- as he began his pro career with the Impact from 2000 to 2002 before spending a decade with a variety of European teams.

Camara and Bush were among a group of players brought in when management was already building toward its MLS expansion season.

In his one NASL campaign, the French-born Camara won the Giuseppe Saputo Trophy as the Impact's player of the year and was a league all-star.

Bush, 30, was named the NASL's top goaltender, but he was relegated to a back-up role in MLS when the club picked up veteran Donovan Ricketts and later brought in Troy Perkins. Bush took over as the starter late in the 2014 season.

Camara said he and Bush were reflecting on their time with the club Wednesday evening while watching the USL side FC Montreal play at the Claude Robillard Centre, their former practice field, which was also the Impact's home for 15 years before Saputo Stadium opened in 2008. …

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