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Former Cavalry FC star Joel Waterman in hunt for MLS Cup with Impact

Former Cavalry FC star Joel Waterman in hunt for MLS Cup with Impact

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The MLS Cup will be handed out on Dec. 12.

“The goal for us is because we made the playoffs, anything can happen,” said Waterman, whose Impact (8-13-2) finished ninth in the Eastern Conference and own a 1-3 mark head-to-head with the Revolution (8-6-8) this season.

“We have a fresh start. We believe we can beat anybody. The results in the MLS are never really regular — they’re unique, and every game is different. And we’ll try and take advantage of that.”

Waterman, himself, is trying to take advantage of any minutes he can play for the Montreal crew.

Heading into the playoffs, the defender’s appeared in just seven of 23 Impact games, starting six and logging 549 minutes, while recording one assist, two shots and four fouls and being slapped with one yellow card.

He’s been learning the ropes of a new league, a new system and a new challenge.

“Just being ready whenever called upon,” said the defender of his role. “I think you saw that in the CONCACAF Champions League game in Costa Rica (back in February) when I came in 15 minutes in. I was ready and didn’t want to waste the opportunity. Just tried to play to the best of my ability.”

Ironically, his MLS debut came in the Impact’s only win of the season over the Revolution. That was way back on Feb. 29 — before the coronavirus pandemic kicked in.

“I had been such a blast the first couple of months just learning so much from the personnel here and adapting to a new city, a new team and a new culture,” said Waterman, adding that legendary soccer mind Thierry Henry, the head coach of the Impact, is teaching him to think the game more. “Back in the CONCACAF Champions League, we were playing in front of 20,000 people, and a couple of months later, the stadiums were empty and we were indoors for about four months there.

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