Montreal, Quebec – The Montreal Impact beat the Minnesota Thunder 4-0 in the final regular-season home game before a sellout crowd of 7, 517 at Claude-Robillard Stadium. It was the second best attendance for a regular-season game in the Impact’s history. The record was set on August 18, 1995 when 7,759 showed up at the Stadium.
Darren Tilley was named the first star of the game after getting one goal and three assists. Since he was acquired from Toronto on July 24th for Kevin Holness and Michele Gioia, the British forward has been involved in eight goals in eight games.
“It’s the best game we’ve had since I’m with the team. After our first goal, we knew we were in control of the game. We also have to give credit to Ricky (Tangredi) who was strong in front of our net,” said Tilley.
Ricky Tangredi, who was replacing Paolo Ceccarelli, helped his team notch a league-record 14th shutout of the season. The old record of 13th shutouts in one season was held by the Colorado Foxes (1991) and the Impact (1996).
In the first half, Mauro Biello, Lloyd Barker and Darren Tilley scored for the Impact.
In the beginning of the second half, Bill Sedgewick scored his 6th goal of the season. Montreal was leading 4-0. A few minutes after Sedgewick s goal, the skies opened.
CORNER KICKS: Nevio Pizzolitto and Chris Stathopoulos left Montreal last Thursday to go to Madagascar. They are members of the Canadian Team that is partcipating at the Francophones Games…The average crowds for the months of July and August is 6,170 fans per game…The old record of eight assists in one season set by Paul Dougherty in 1995 was beaten by Mauro Biello and Nick DeSantis…Both players now have ten assists…Midfielder Tony Capasso went back to Notre Dame University to finish his degree in Finance. His return to Notre Dame was a condition of his contract when he was acquired earlier this year in a trade with Milwaukee for Eddy Berdusco.