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MONTREAL – On the eve of officially kicking off its training camp, the Montreal Impact announced, Wednesday, the signing of midfielders Martin Fabro and Shaun Tsakiris for the 2007 season, while defender Mauricio Vincello and goalkeeper Andrew Weber will be back with the team until 2008.

Martin Fabro, a 21-year old midfielder, was spotted by Impact head coach Nick De Santis and his assistant Peter Pinizzotto during a scouting trip in Argentina, last February. Fabro played more than 60 games in first division in Argentina with club Independiente, from 2002 to 2006. He also played for the U-20 National Team. Fabro signed a one-year deal, pending international clearance.

Shaun Tsakiris, a 28-year old American, played three seasons with the Rochester Raging Rhinos, from 2003 to 2005. In 36 games with Rochester, he played 1,767 minutes, scored one goal and added four assists. Beforehand, he was a member of the defunct Syracuse Salty Dogs. Tsakiris also played 24 games with the United States U20 National Team.

“These two players are important additions to our line-up which will bring considerable depth to our midfield,” said Impact head coach Nick De Santis. “Martin (Fabro) is an offensive and creative midfielder who has a lot of speed. Shaun (Tsakiris) is a player with experience who has an excellent technique.”

VINCELLO AND WEBER ARE BACK

Defender Mauricio Vincello, the 2006 winner of the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy awarded to the Impact’s team MVP, has played the last three seasons with the Impact. In 2006, he started at least 20 games and played a minimum of 1,500 minutes for the 7th time in as many USL D1 seasons. The 29-year old defender was also a starter for the USL All-Star Game, July 19 in Cary, North Carolina.

Goalkeeper Andrew Weber made his USL D1 debut with the Impact in 2006, winning the Impact’s Unsung Hero award. Taking over for Greg Sutton after an injury, the 23-year-old ‘keeper played in 14 straight games, posting an impressive 8-1-5 record with a 0.571 GAA and seven shutouts.

“Both of them played an important role for us last year, said Nick De Santis. “Mauricio (Vincello) is a player who consistently helps us boost one of the best defenses in the league every year and who can provide good offensive support. He is one of the most respected players in the league. Andrew (Weber) on his side has shown a very good work ethic. He demonstrated very good skills in 2006.”

2007 TRAINING CAMP: SIX PLAYERS INVITED

Six players who took part in the Impact “on invitation” three-day camp, last week, have been invited to the team’s official training camp, which will kick off Thursday morning at 9 am at the Catalogna Soccerplexe, in Lachine.

Defenders Cédric Joqueviel and Paul Moran, midfielders Joe Di Buono and Seth Tremblay, as well as forwards Ablaye Camara and Evans Asembia were invited.

For a second consecutive season, the team will then fly to Florida, from March 22nd to April 4th to continue its camp outdoors, at the Sunrise Hilton Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale. The Impact will square off against USL First Division teams in exhibition play, notably against the Rochester Raging Rhinos, March 29, and the Miami FC, March 30.

The Impact will kick off the 2007 First Division United Soccer Leagues season on Sunday, April 21 in Atlanta against the Silverbacks. The Impact will play its 14th home opener of its history at Claude-Robillard Sports Complex on Sunday, May 20, against the Seattle Sounders.

The Impact 2007 season-ticket packages are now on sale. For further information, contact the Impact ticketing office at 514-328-3668 or ticketing@impactmontreal.com.

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Not really important but this could be the start of something BIG.

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MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact and Carlsberg beer have announced a three-year partnership, as the Danish brewery becomes a major partner with the club.

Details of the new agreement were unveiled, Wednesday, at a press conference in downtown Montreal, in the presence of the Director of Business Development for Carlsberg Canada, Rob Boulet, and Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo.

“We’re very pleased, today, to be able to count on a new partner who will join us in our quest for excellence,” said Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo. “With a dynamic team, international exposure and soccer-specific expertise, we are convinced that Carlsberg will bring a new dimension to the team.”

“Carlsberg is very proud to be associated with the Montreal Impact, one of the top soccer teams in the country,” said Rob Boulet, Director of Business Development for Carlsberg Canada. “We intend to do everything, to put everything in place to create a solid, visible and exciting partnership with the Impact.”

Under the agreement, Carlsberg will notably have its company logo on the team’s short for all games.

Carlsberg, which becomes the Impact’s official beer, plans to create numerous promotional events with the Impact, both at the games and through its distribution networks.

The brewery is associated with some of the most important soccer organizations in the world, such as EURO 2008, the UEFA Cup, the English Premier League, FC Liverpool and Toronto FC (MLS).

Founded in 1847, Carlsberg has a yearly world production of 90 millions hectolitres and is the fifth beer producer in the world, on top of being the global beer brand with the largest growth. Carlsberg beer is sold in more than 140 countries throughout the world.

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Carlsberg Canada looking at a possible Liverpool or Copenhague Vs Montreal friendly in 08?

Il y aura de la bonne bière cet été au stade, et lors des deux premières saisons au stade Saputo puisque Carlsberg est la bière officielle de l’Impact pour les trois années à venir.

Les amateurs seront ravis puisque beaucoup la préfèrent de loin au breuvage batave qui était servi jusque-là dans les travées du complexe Claude Robillard. Mais ce n’est pas tout, puisque le nouveau partenaire veut promouvoir des activités communes avec le club, au stade mais aussi en dehors.

D’abord LA grosse nouvelle, celle tellement difficile à croire (même si ce ne sont que des intentions) que nous avons dû reposer la questions à Rob Boulet, le très sympathique directeur du développement des affaires de Carlsberg Canada : la marque de bière danoise est aussi partenaire officiel de Liverpool et du FC Copenhague et va essayer d’arranger un match amical entre l’Impact et au moins un de ces deux clubs !

“Cette année est bonne car nous nous sommes engagés pour trois ans non seulement avec l’Impact de Montréal mais aussi le Toronto FC, raconte-t-il. C’est certain que dès cet été, nous allons profiter de ce partenariat pour arranger un match entre ces deux équipes. Quant à Liverpool ou Copenhague, on va essayer de les amener, mais plutôt en 2008 avec le nouveau stade.” Oui, vous avez bien lu, nos joueurs pourraient affronter la saison prochaine une formation qui a disputé la présente Ligue des champions. Et ici, s’il vous plaît ! Et l’initiative n’est pas venue de George Gillett, qui se montre cependant “très coopératif” selon les dires de Boulet.

Mais encore, comment se partenariat va-t-il se manifester concrètement, notamment pour vous, les supporters ? “Nous sommes le cinquième plus gros brasseur du monde et notre priorité est le soccer, un sport développé partout dans le monde. Nous allons promouvoir l’Impact avec nos partenaires. Par exemple, toute personne qui achètera un bac de 12 bières recevra une glacière, sur laquelle il y aura aussi le logo de l’Impact. Le calendrier du club sera dans toutes nos caisses. Il y aura un wagon Carlsberg lors des matches.” Voilà en tout cas un accord qui va faire encore mousser la visibilité de l’Impact ! Après Radio-Canada, c’est la deuxième grosse nouvelle de ce point de vue.

Boulet nous a aussi vanté l’expertise des employés européens de Carlsberg dans le monde du foot. Alors, servira-t-elle a développer des choses ici ? “Justement, avant la conférence de presse, nous parlions avec Joey Saputo d’aller en Europe y rencontrer des gens de Carlsberg, surtout qu’il y a de grosses coupes qui commencent bientôt.”

Oui mais… et au stade ? Que ce soit l’actuel, ou le stade Saputo. “L’an passé, nous avons constaté qu’avec la ville qui vendait la boisson, la distribution était difficile. Nous avons discuté pour améliorer cette question des points de service. Cette année, il y aura notre gros wagon avec 6 pompes. L’an prochain, nous aurons une terrasse VIP et peut-être une zone Carlsberg. Sans oublier nos outils déjà existants que nous utilisons dans des stades ailleurs. Pour résumer, notre première année va nous permettre de nous positionner et avec l’arrivée du nouveau stade, nos projets seront plus glorieux.“

http://www.impactsoccer.com/news.php?id=634

It doesn't hurt that the owner of the Montreal Canadiens is also the owner of Liverpool FC.

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You know, I was going to get one of the new Impact road shirts and subscribe to USL broadband but I have to admit, I HATE Carlsberg.

Some beers you may not enjoy all the time. They have their time and place, but are not your after work sedative of choice. Take Guinness for example. Love my Guinness, but it'll make you fat. No doubt about it and at my age if I play more than an hour, even in my beer league I've no desire for a Guinness. Need to re-hydrate with a lighter, smooth, dry beer . A Sleeman Draught, Corona or maybe a realy cold Heineken.

But that doesn't mean a full flavoured stout like Guinness isn't worshipped as the sweet-nector-of-life that it is, at the appropriate time.

But Carlsberg? Ug. That's just wrong.

Going to have to give this Impact/USL thing a re-think. Man, if they're trying to drive me into TFCs arms they're going about it the right way.

(And all this from a fellow who forced himself to choke down Foster's Lager just because they were Fury sponsors for a couple of years. Talk about commitment).

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I agree with your opinion of Carlsberg Cheetah but while Guinness is of course much better your subsequent list of "Sleeman Draught, Corona or maybe a realy cold Heineken." is of a pretty similar ilk to Carlsberg, ie. cheaply brewed beer comparable to Molson and Labatts products. It is funny how any beer from Europe is considered good quality when many of the big brands do the same things as the big North American breweries by brewing cheaper bland beers using corn and sugar and poor quality grains and hops. On top of that they sell it at a much higher price. I love good European beer but if I am going to pay more for European beer I don't want it to taste the same as Molson and Labatts. Praise be to Dionysus that the German breweries voluntarily maintained the pure beer laws after the EU struck them down which is why Germany will always be the land of beer (though I admit the Czechs and Belgians minus the disgraceful Stella give them a good run for their money).

OK back to the Impact, last year I could drink crappy tasting overpriced Heineken at their games and this year I can drink crappy tasting overpriced Carlsberg. Not much difference. Too bad they couldn't get sponsored by one of the good local microbreweries like McAuslin or Unibroue (incidentally owned by Sleemans and not yet ruined by them like Upper Canada was). Why is it that most soccer teams of any importance are sponsored by the absolute worst beers that Europe has to offer? In the Impact's defence I am very pleased with the no backpack check at the games which allows us to buy much better beer cheaper at the Depanneur before games and smuggle it in. I would gladly pay the higher price at the game to support the team if something good was on offer but not for Heineken/Carlsberg.

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quote:Originally posted by Rudi

Carlsberg is the "Official Beer Sponsor of Toronto FC", as well :D

http://toronto.fc.mlsnet.com/t280/about/sponsors/

[xx(]

Oh, I'm sooo screwed...

Re; Griz.

The European brewers do pip the Canadian brewers in that they, at least, are consistantly bad. You know a Carlsberg will taste just as crappy today as it did last month. And in the same unpalatable way. Can't realy say the same of some of the Canadian brands where March's Molson Dry tastes like last October's Labatt 50 which wasn't dry at all (and maybe a bit too gassy).

Have to disagree about my Sleeman Draught, Corona, and realy cold Heineken. Like them all in the great tradition of the light lagers which are almost a trademark of the "easily drinkable" Canadian beers. Sure, maybe a bit bland for some (I prefer "less aggressive") but a damn good brew for those hot and sunny praire summers.

By the by, should mention to the local Winnipeg bunch that Fort Garry Pale is fastly becoming my brew of choice. Quite like it and would suggest any and all comers to sample one or six.

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Well to each his own and call me a traditionalist but as much as I love corn I love it on the cob not in my beer and I do believe that hops are an ingredient of beer, ie. I find it hard to appreciate beers in which I can taste corn but can't taste any hops.

To the player issue, the Impact announce the signing of four players not one of who is Canadian. Of the last six players signed there was only one Canadian, Arrango. This despite the fact that the Lynx leaving the USL Div 1 left a number of Canadians unsigned. The Impact can't score but instead of trying to get one of the USL's leading scorers in the Canadian Marcina, we go for an American and Jamaican who are risky prospects to say the least. While if you look at the roster the Canadian players make up a decent percentage but just like the Whitecaps most of them are not playing. Now we have three Argentians all of whom will probably be starters along with 4 Americans, 2 Brazilians and 1 Jamaican. Admittedly the Argentinians have consistently been strong players (I doubt they are cheap though) but many of the other foreigners have been mediocre and I am convinced that with adequate effort available Canadians of similar skill level could be found. Look at Fukasawa who after a very mediocre first year was inexplicably re-signed to play even worse in his second year. He took a Canadians spot without improving the level of the team. I hope they do give Di Ioia the time he deserves this year but their record in the past of developing young Canadian talent has been poor. Look at Hainault who hardly played but always outshone the rest of the defenders when subbed in yet goes to a better league/team and instantly becomes a steady starter and one of the most important players on his team.

The worse thing is Saputo is always talking about how much they are doing to promote Canadian/Quebec players yet they should be doing far more in my opinion. The Whitecaps are even worse and the USL final game with 5 Canadian starters for the Caps and 6 for the Impact was a disgraceful situation. In comparison TFC has to find players of a higher calibre who are available which is much harder especially starting from scratch and I think they have done a fine job so far. yet they are criticized on the board for not doing enough while the Impact and Caps do a bare minimum. TFC has looked at a number of Canadian U-20 players, ex-Lynx, college players, CSL players and even anyone who wanted to come to the open tryouts so I at least have the impression that they are doing their best to find good Canadian players. They may not sign them but they are giving them a chance and leaving no stone unturned. I don't have this impression with the Impact or Whitecaps.

A challenge to the Impact, play an acceptable number of Canadian players and I'll drink your overpriced, crappy European beer at the games.[xx(]

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