July 5th, 1996 @ MONTREAL

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MONTREAL IMPACT 2
P. Ceccarelli, N. DeSantis (85:00), J. Limniatis, P. Diotte, K, Holness, C. Fletcher, L. Hooper, R. Doliscat Mr. Biello, E.Berdusco (74:00), L. Barker, J. deVos (16:00), M. Badescu 5:00)

ATLANTA RUCKUS 0
D. Barreutta, R. Sheen, S. Halkett, S. Bednar, C. Dunlap, T.Wurdack, C. Suri, T. Elliott (45:00) Mr. Suri (75:00), J.Vivanco, A. Bahr, C. Faklaris (45:00), S. Muccillo (68:00), C. Morgan (15:00)

ATL MTL
13 Shots 12
2 Stops 7
20 Fouls 19
5 Coins 1
2 Offsides 5
2/0 Warnings / Evictions 1/0

Goals 
MTL: Biello (Limniatis) 7 
MTL: Biello (Holness) 32

Warnings 
ATL: Bahr 35 (C) 
MTL: Ceccarelli 61 (C) 
ATL: Barreutta 65 (C)

Referees 
S. Denoncourt, R. Coutitiu, Y. Plante, E. Roy

Stage 
Centre Claude-Robillard

Ass. 
5103

IMPACT WINS IN FRONT OF A RECORD CROWD

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.

12 JUIN 1997 @ CONNECTICUT

IMPACT DE MONTRÉAL 3
P. Ceccarelli, J. Limniatis, P. Diotte, B. Sedgewick, L. Hooper, N. DeSantis, G. Oliviero, M. Biello, O. Lowe, L. Barker, C. Fletcher, E. Berdusco (39), K. Holness (69), N. Pizzolitto (78), D. Kolic (81)

CONNECTICUT 0
C. Martini, I. McIntyre, D. Kelly, D. Sullivan, S. Boney, B. Hickey, Mochtar, I. Hennessey, J. Hesh, P. Dos Santos, M. Saunders, M. Payne (39), S. Coxon (52), E. Barbieri (65), J. Vaughan (78)

MTL CT
20 Tirs 10
2 Arrêts 6
3 Fautes 12
4 Corners 1
2 Hors-jeux 1
0/0 Avertissements/Expulsions 0/0

Buts
MTL: Lloyd Barker 27 (O. Lowe)
MTL: Lloyd Barker 36 (B. Sedgewick/N. DeSantis)
MTL: Eddy Berdusco 44 (B. Sedgewick/J. Limniatis)

Avertissements
0/0

Arbitres
Rainho, Victor Santos, Richard Eddy

Stade
Veterans’ Memorial Stadium

Ass.
689

IMPACT WINS PLAYOFF OPENER 2-1

Toronto, Ontario – The Montreal Impact won its first playoff game by defeating the Toronto Lynx 2-1 last night at Varsity Stadium.

Mauro Biello scored the winning goal in the 62nd minute of play of this very physical game.

“Toronto goalkeeper misjudged Bruno’s (Xavier) cross and was caught out of position,” said the midfielder a few minutes after the game.

After Biello s goal, Impact goalkeeper Paolo Ceccarelli made some key saves to protect the 2-1 lead.

In the first half, Onandi Lowe scored the first goal of the game with a header. Five minutes later, Terry St. Louis received a nice pass by teammate Ricky Titus in front of the net and scored for Toronto.

Lowe was ejected by referee Tony Camacho after receiving two yellow cards for descent in the 25th minute. The Impact played one man short until the end of the first half when Camacho also ejected Toronto defender Frank Spadafina for tripping.

IMPACT LOSE 2-1 IN LONG ISLAND

Long Island, New York – The Long Island Rough Riders beat the Montreal Impact 2-1 last night at Hoftstra Stadium before a crowd of 3,585 in the opener of their A-League soccer Northeast Division championship series.

Long Island forward Flavio Ferri scored the winning goal at the 55th minute after a corner kick by his teammate Carlos Ledesma.

“We came back strongly after they scored the first goal, but couldn’t do the same after their second one, said Impact captain John Limniatis. We are going to have to work harder next game or we are going to be eliminated.

The second match of this series against Long Island will be played on Sunday (4:00 p.m.) at the Claude-Robillard Stadium. If Montreal wins, a 30 minutes mini-match will be played immediately after to determine the winner of the series.

Hector Wright scored the first goal of the game at the fourth minute to give the Rough Riders a 1-0 lead.

The Impact scored one minute later when Lloyd Barker received a pass from Onandi Lowe. It was Barker’s first goal of the playoffs.

The Impact was without midfielder Nick DeSantis and defender Carl Fletcher. The two players are currently with the Canadian National Team for a World Cup qualifying match against El Salvador tomorrow.

Long Island’s Ernest Inneh and Dahir Mohammed were serving a one-game suspension for too many yellow cards.

THANKS TO ALL OUR FANS FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE 1997 SEASON IN THE A-LEAGUE.

IMPACT OUT OF PLAYOFFS

Montreal, Quebec – The Montreal Impact is out of the playoffs after losing in shootout yesterday against the Long Island Rough Riders before a crowd of 6,679 fans at the Claude-Robillard Stadium.

The Montreal club, who finished first overall in the regular season, will not be able to bring the A-League Championship back to Montreal like in 1994.

“I am proud of my players. They gave the effort. We were confident that we could came back from behind after losing in Long Island and we almost did. Unfortunately, we lost the shootout which is like tossing a coin,” said head coach Valerio Gazzola after the game.

First game

The Impact started the day on a good note by winning the first game 2-0.

Mauro Biello scored the first goal at the 34th minute with a long shot from outside the penalty area.Veteran Lyndon Hooper gave his team a 2-0 lead at the 77th minute after scoring his first goal of the playoffs.

This win allowed the Impact to tie the series and force the deciding mini-game.

Mini-game & shootout

No goals were scored in the 30 minutes mini-game so both teams went into a shootout. Montreal lost after scoring only one goal against three for Long Island.

Long Island will play against the Carolina Dynamo in the final of the Eastern Conference.

THE IMPACT WINS AND GETS INTO FIRST PLACE

High Point, North Carolina – The Montreal Impact won a very important game by the score of 2-1 against the Carolina Dynamo. The game was played at the A.J. Simeon Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,847 fans.

With this win, the Montreal club is now in first place in the A-League along with the Hershey Wildcats. Both teams have 49 points, but the Impact has two games in hand.

Montreal’s players also put an end to the winning streak of the Dynamo who won its last nine games. “We are a team with a lot of character! After our two losses against Long Island, we knew we had to win this one and that it wouldn’t be easy. We are missing some of our regular players and the Dynamo is the hottest team in the league right now. It is a good sign to win under this conditions especially when you are getting close to the play_offs,” said Impact’s head coach Valerio Gazzola few minutes after the game.

The Impact played the game without Nick DeSantis, Carl Fletcher, Lyndon Hooper and Mauro Biello. The four players are in Toronto with the Canadian National Team who will face Iran in an exhibition game this afternoon at Varsity Stadium.

Darko Kolic scored the first goal at the 18th minute after a nice pass by Bill Sedgewick that deflected on Lloyd Barker. Then at the 25 th minute, the Carolina team offered a nice gift to the Impact. Indeed, Mark Kelly of the Dynamo made a perfect pass in front of his own net to…Darren Tilley. The English player didn’t waste any time and scored his ninth of the season. It was 2-0 for Montreal.

After this goal by Tilley, the Dynamo got some good opportunities during the end of the first half but did not scored.

Mike Saunders scored for the Dynamo in the beginning of the second half with a strong shot that beat Paolo Ceccarelli. Saunders and Nevio Pizzolitto of the Impact were ejected of the game at the 73 rd minute for trading elbows in front of the referee at midfield.

The defensive play of the game was made by Impact’s captain John Limniatis. “Limo” stopped a dangerous shot from John Ball after Ceccarelli was caught out of position at the 86 th minute. Ceccarelli made the final key save with less than two seconds to play against Eddy Radwanski.

The Impact will play next Wednesday (7:30 pm) at the Claude-Robillard Stadium against the Connecticut Wolves.

MAURO BIELLO: Molson Ex player of July

Montreal, August 14, 1997 – The Montreal Impact today honored midfielder Mauro Biello, the Molson Ex player of the month for July. This award cumulates with the awarding of the team MVP at seasons end. The Molson Ex three stars are chosen every game day by sports journalists attending the Impact games.

“I am very happy to receive this award. Not only do I have the chance to play in my home town, but I am also privileged to be a member of a very talented team. I would like to share this honor with all my teammates. We complement each other really well and we all have a common goal: to win the Championship for our fans,” said Montreal native Mauro Biello.

In nine games, Biello scored three goals and tallied four assists for a total of 13 points in 780 minutes played. With his offensive contribution, he helped the Montreal Impact to have a succesful month of July with six wins and three losses in nine games.

Finally, Mauro Biello, Nick DeSantis, Cart Fletcher and Lyndon Hooper left Montreal this afternoon in direction of Toronto. They will be joining the Canadian National Team for an exhibition game against Iran on Sunday August 17th (3:00 pm) at Varsity Stadium.