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Didier Drogba's inaugural Impact game littered with ghosts of team's past

08/05/2015 02:53 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 05:59 EDT
The long-awaited introduction of soccer legend Didier Drogba will take place tonight at Saputo Stadium during Montreal Impact's game versus the New York Red Bulls.

It will be a glimpse of what's to come for the team, but also a moment highlighting the Impact's past.

Montreal's opponent, the New York Red Bulls, have three key personalities from the Impact's first years in the MLS on its roster.

Tonight will be their first time back at Saputo Stadium since parting ways with the Impact.

Here's a look back at the role Jesse Marsch, Felipe Martins and Karl W. Ouimette played in the Impact's history. 

Jesse Marsch

Marsch was the first head coach for the Montreal Impact in the MLS.

He signed a three-year contract with the team when he was hired and was instrumental in putting together the first squad through the MLS expansion draft.

Marsch also endeared himself to the fan base by learning French. After only one year in the city, he improved from speaking only a few words of French to conducting live radio interviews in the language.

Under Marsch's leadership on the field the Impact finished in seventh place in the eastern conference with 42 points, 11 short of a playoff berth.

But Marsch would not return for a second year in Montreal.

His style of coaching reportedly clashed with some of the European players, who were added to the roster midway through the year, and he and the club parted ways.

Marsch was hired as New York's head coach in January 2015.

Felipe Martins 

Brazilian Martins was recruited to play in Montreal in 2011 while Marsch was building the team for its first season in the MLS.

Martins was a key part of Montreal's offence for three seasons. He scored 12 goals in league play and appeared in 93 games. 

Martins was traded from Montreal to the Red Bulls in January 2015, a move which reunited him with Marsch.

Karl W. Ouimette

Ouimette was the first player from the Montreal Impact's academy program to appear on the field for the MLS team.

The Repentigny native appeared in 20 league games for Montreal from 2012 to 2014. 

Ouimette only scored one goal for Montreal, but it was a memorable one.

On November 19, 2013, in a match against Philadelphia, Ouimette headed in a Justin Mapp free kick in the 83rd minute to lift Montreal to a 2-1 win. 

The win would prove to be instrumental in securing Montreal's first and only MLS playoff berth.

Ouimette was waived by the Impact in February 2015. A month later, he was signed by the Red Bull.

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