The 24-year old Bologna striker kicked off a 10-day trial with the Quebec outfit this week and says he is looking to join the Impact as North America’s domestic league is gaining recognition in his homeland of Italy.
“MLS has a good reputation in Italy, especially after so many important players, including members of this team here, came to North America over the past few years,” Paponi said through an interpreter. “This is a new adventure that I wanted to experience at all costs.”
Paponi revealed that Impact ace Marci Di Vaio, a former Serie A star, spoke very highly of his experiences since arriving in Montreal from Bologna last year.
“Marco told me he really enjoyed his experience here, the city and the team,” Paponi recalled. “He and I had a good relationship in Bologna, and hopefully, it’ll carry on here.
“I really want to settle here. I want to play. I enjoy Canada and I want to stay here.”