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May 28 - Montreal vs. Toronto [R]


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English: CJAD 800 AM

French: CKAC 730 AM

This match also counts towards the Can-Am Cup (but not Voyageurs Cup).

From Montreal Impact:


MONTREAL, May 27, 2004 — Two teams who already know each other well will have an opportunity to know each other even better, this weekend, as the Montreal Impact and the Toronto Lynx will face off twice in less than 24 hours.

The first match-up will take place Friday night at Claude Robillard Stadium (7:30 pm, live on CJAD, CKAC), and be followed by a second game on Saturday in Toronto (6 pm, CKAC).

"We’re playing back to back games, but at least it’s against the same team, so both clubs will be in the same situation," noted Impact head coach Nick DeSantis. "But there is a rivalry, so there’s always extra motivation when it comes down to games between Toronto and Montreal."

"This probably will be our toughest game this season," said Impact captain Mauro Biello. "Everyone on both sides will be out to win."

That will particularly be the case for players like defender Mauricio Vincello and striker Nikola Budalic, two newcomers with the Impact who will be facing their former team for the first time. DeSantis’ assistant, Peter Pinizzotto, is Toronto’s former head coach. Even veteran Lloyd Barker has played for the Lynx. On the Toronto side, Ali Ngon-Gerba, Josué Mayard and Milan Kojic have all worn the Montreal uniform.

The two teams also know each other well because they have faced more than 30 times over the last decade. The Montreal squad has a lifetime 19-12-2 record against Toronto in the A-League, 13-3-1 at home.

And Biello has taken part in most of these match-ups. In fact, barring any last-minute changes, the Impact captain will be playing his 219th and 220th career games with Montreal over the weekend, which would allow him to tie and then break the club record held by Nick DeSantis, who played 10 seasons as a midfielder with the Impact.

"It’s an accomplishment in the sense that I’ve been fortunate to play all these years with the same team, and that I’ve been able to stay away from major injuries and play full seasons," said Biello.

"Since he started out, he’s been getting better and better," said DeSantis about Biello. "He’s become a leader. Playing back in the midfield this year, he’s had more freedom, and he’s responded well. He’s dangerous in attacking players, and also in setting up our strikers."

Both games, in addition to counting in regular-season A-League standings, will be tallied in Can-Am Cup standings. Saturday’s match-up will also count for the Voyageurs Cup.

Midfielder Sandro Grande will not be available for Friday’s game. He will serve a one-game suspension following a red card he received last May 16 against the Virginia Beach Mariners.





Stéphane Banfi

514-328-3668 (ext. 27)

From Toronto Lynx through a-league.com:

Lynx Renew Canadian Rivalry This Weekend

Courtesy of the Toronto Lynx


Wednesday, May 26, 2004 (TORONTO, ON) – The Toronto Lynx will renew their competition with their closest Canadian rival, the Montreal Impact, with a home-and-home series this weekend. The Clubs, who split their four meetings in 2003, each winning twice, will meet for the first time this season on Friday, May 28th at Claude-Robillard Stadium in Montreal before returning to Toronto for the rematch at Centennial Park Stadium on Saturday, May 29th with a 6:00pm kickoff. This event celebrates the annual Lynx Girl Power Night, recognizing the growing influence of women in soccer and the world in general. As part of the theme, the Lynx will be honouring the growth of the OWSL with Vice President Winnie Brown taking the celebrity kick off; celebrating female Soccer Stars of the OCAA who will be on hand for a meet & greet; female performing groups and mini soccer scrimmages by female soccer clubs showcasing their soccer talent. The Lynx are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Raging Rhinos in their home opener, while the Impact has been impressive thus far this season with a 3-0-1 record.

This weekend’s series makes for even greater excitement for Lynx fans since both matches count toward the 2004 Can-Am Cup standings, a tournament that features the Rochester Raging Rhinos, the Syracuse Salty Dogs in addition to Montreal and Toronto. Points are tallied from the home-and-home matches between each team and the two teams accumulating the most points will square off in a one game final on Wednesday, August 18th. The Impact captured the 2003 title beating Rochester in the final. This Saturday’s match will be Montreal’s only visit to Toronto this season and will also count toward the Voyageurs Cup standings. The Voyageurs Cup is presented by Canada’s Soccer Fan Club, the Voyageurs, which crowns our country’s unofficial champion from home-and-home series featuring Canada’s five A-League teams: Toronto, Montreal, the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Calgary Mustangs and expansion Edmonton Aviators.

Lynx fans will see some familiar faces on the Montreal team as former Lynx head coach, Peter Pinizzotto joined the Impact as assistant coach. Lynx 2003 Best Defensive Player, Mauricio Vincello will also suit up for the Impact after an off-season trade that saw the Lynx acquire defender, Andres Arango. Niki Budalic, a former A-League Rookie of the Year, also joined the Impact after a one-year stint in Sweden with Orebro SK following his outstanding rookie season with the Lynx in 2002.

Lynx head coach, Duncan Wilde, is in high gear for this weekend saying, “The first eight games of the season are critical for us. We have five matches with Montreal and Rochester in that span and it’s very important that we stay in touch with the playoff contenders. This will put us in a good position to chase a playoff spot for the rest of the season.”


With the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the health of Lynx captain, Shawn Faria, veteran Mississauga native, Joe Mattacchione has been named co-captain. With Faria missing the past four games due to injury, Mattacchione has raised his level of play and also taken on a bigger leadership role both on and off the field.

“Training has been very positive this week,” continues Wilde. “We will have a full squad for the weekend, minus Shawn Faria. Edgar Bartolomeu has recovered from his injury and will be ready.”


The Toronto Lynx Junior U17 team won the prestigious Woodbridge Showcase Tournament this weekend. With the top teams in the province in attendance along with 75 University and College coaches from across Canada and the United States, the Junior Lynx proved to be a major force. With group round victories over Kanata, 6-0 and Hearts Azzurri 88’s, 2-0, to go with a hard-fought, 0-0, draw with Mississauga, the Junior Lynx advanced to the semi-finals. Despite a last minute comeback from Hearts Azzuri 87’s, the Junior Lynx held on for a 3-2 victory, earning a spot in the final. The Junior Lynx claimed the title with a very impressive 4-0 victory over a talented Brampton team that had not conceded a goal to that point in the tournament. The Junior Lynx U15, U16 and U17 teams resume their SYL schedule this weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.



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Man, you gotta love commentators who don't know what they are talking about. They just said that Osieck ruined the mens soccer program, and then said that Canada is now ranked 77th in the world!

If they don't know what they are talking about they should just stay quiet.

By the way, the chat is on:


But I doubt anyone is there.

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They aren't the greatest, but they are providing better coverage than the Lynx radio commentators (who of course don't exist).

"Pescholido" is what they just called Pesch, and they have out-of-date info on Hirshfeld.

1-1 35 minutes in, BTW.

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I don't know if DJT can put a ® in the thread title btw, I don't think I can.

Pizzolitto has the Montreal goal, scoring first, Ali "Ingoon" Gerba equalized shortly thereafter. "Ingoon" is what they are calling Ali. Was this match played last year & only broadcast now? The info is out of date by at least a year.

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Blois is actually pronounced like "Boys" with an L, rather than "blah", which is how they are calling his name.

They also accidentally called the Lynx keeper "Tim Howard" :)

I'd still rather have these guys than no coverag at all though.

Nearly half time. Still tied.

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quote:Originally posted by Gian-Luca

Oh heck, the colour commentator is Grant Needham! The last I had heard of him was being taken off the field in Austalia on a stretcher, leaving us with 10 men and 1 less striker for the penatly shoot-out in 1993.

Must haven taken a blow to the head in that game.

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