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Despite making the playoffs for the first time since joining Major League Soccer, Montreal Impacts 2013 season ended with a massive letdown. Stephen Vogt Jersey . It wasnt just the 3-0 loss at Houston in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round that hurt; it was the manner of the defeat and the total loss of discipline. As the team prepares to head to Orlando for the final stage of their training camp, there is a different feel around the Impact squad following the appointment of new head coach Frank Klopas to replace the fiery Swiss manager Marco Schallibaum. "Frank is settling in. He has put certain messaging and systems in place," Impact sporting director Nick De Santis said on TSNFC this week. "We made the right decision to move forward and go in a different direction and up until now, we have a very good relationship with Frank. We know what he wants and he knows what we want." "If we go back to that game in Houston, the result, the actions by certain players can give you an idea of what went on for the last two months, the last 10 games of the season. It was very frustrating." "In my position and in Joeys (Impact president Joey Saputo) position, the easiest thing to do was to reconfirm Marco because we set out our objectives at the beginning of the season and we met those objectives – being in the playoffs, winning the Canadian Championship – but when you are making decisions of what is best for the club going forward and whats best for the players, we felt that we needed to go in a different direction." With just over three weeks until the Impact open up the 2014 season, and after a quiet offseason in terms of player signings, De Santis says the club is still looking to add "one or two pieces" to the team. It seems the club is close to announcing the signing of young Uruguayan striker Santiago Gonzalez, who De Santis first met in Argentina on a scouting trip in November. "I managed to see him in my last trip to Argentina and watched him live," De Santis told TSNFC. "Hes a young player but a player with certain qualities that I think can help our team get better up front. Were still dealing with a few issues but were hoping that is something that can get done, hopefully even before we get to Orlando on the weekend." While Montreals squad hasnt seen as many additions as most teams across MLS, De Santis believes some of the players they have retained from last year will be in a better position to produce top quality performances on a consistent basis. "Hernan Bernadello played half a season last year and I think now you can say that hes basically a new addition because the first six months was an adaptation period. With him now being with the team from day one, he will bring a lot more to the table. We have Nelson Rivas healthy and hopefully we can manage him well and he can give us a good amount of games because when he is on the field feeling well physically and with his head in the right place, he can be a dominant defender in this league." On Monday, the Impact announced the return of Argentine midfielder Andres Romero, who joins the team on loan from Brazilian club Tombense for the second successive season. Romero showed glimpses of his ability in 2013, scoring two goals in 30 regular season appearances, but De Santis expects there is much more to come this season from the former Argentina U20 international. "Were happy that Romero is back because he is another player that showed very good signs in certain moments," said De Santis. "When his wife gave birth to twins, she went back to Argentina and thats when we saw his consistency level had gone down. We just want to make sure now that hes in the best environment for him to be as consistent as possible." With other teams getting much stronger during the offseason, the Eastern Conference will be a fierce battleground in 2014. Repeating the accomplishment of making the playoffs will be a difficult task for Montreal, but with the core of a squad that led the East on a number of occasions throughout the first half of the 2013 season, the Impact feel they are well positioned to hit the ground running when their season opens in Dallas on March 8. Matt Garza Jersey .K. Subban and Matt Duchene will be the two skaters sitting out the teams opening game. Ryan Braun Jersey . The 28-year-old from Rochester, Alta., was selected by the Redblacks from the Saskatchewan Roughriders roster in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft.Waco, TX ( - Kenny Chery totaled 23 points thanks to a 5- of-7 performance from long range, and Royce ONeale added 20 with eight rebounds as No. 20 Baylor topped 19th-ranked Texas, 83-60, at the Ferrell Center. Taurean Price and Johnathan Motley each contributed 13 points for the Bears (16-5, 4-4 Big 12), while Rico Gathers clocked in with eight points and 15 boards as the Bears won for the third time in their last four. You cant get much more unselfish play than 24 assists and only nine turnovers. It was excellent offensive execution with guys making the extra pass, said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. We knew we had to get a good shot on our first [attempt] because youve got two monster teams on the glass. If you were depending on a lot of second or third chance points, it was going to be tough. Jonathan Holmes had 17 points for the Longhorns (14-7, 3-5), who received 16 points and 10 assists from Isaiah Taylor in a losing effort. Texas used an 11-4 run late in the first half, clawing back to 28-24 after a triple from Javan Felix with 4:19 left, but that was the closest the Longhorns came for the remainder of the contest. Princes triple extended the edge to 35-24 inside two minutes to go and Motleys bucket made it 39-27 at the break. Chery hit a pair of triples around a Camerron Ridley dunk and the hosts edge reached 16, 45-29, less than two minutes into the second half and the Bears maintained a healthy margin throughout. Corey Knebel Jersey. The lead hit 74-53 for Baylor inside of five minutes left in the contest after another Prince make from long distance. The largest edge in the game occurred with 1:26 to play on an ONeale layup which made it 83-57. I know that two games in a row we have dug a hole and when I look at it they came out and made some shots, and we missed some shots, Texas head coach Rick Barnes said. It goes back to where offensively when we dont capitalize there, I think it spills back into what we are doing defensively. We just cant let that happen. Baylor was in control from the outset, scoring the games first 12 points and going up 21-9 on a pair of Motley free throws just over seven minutes in. Game Notes Baylor shot 54.8 percent (17-of-31) in the second half and made 12-of-22 shots from beyond the arc overall ... Texas made just one of three free throws, while the Bears converted 11-of-20 from the line ... The Longhorns, who outscored their hosts 42-28 in the paint, have dropped three straight and five of seven ... 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