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HISTORIC TRAINING CAMP FOR THE IMPACT


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Friday the details of its 2011 training camp, which gets underway on February 1, at the Bell Sports Complex, located at Quartier DIX30 in Brossard.

The 18th training camp in club history will be an historic one, with the Montreal squad set to play exhibition matches versus Major League Soccer teams for the very first time. This coming season will be Montreal’s final campaign in North America’s Division 2, before joining MLS the following season, in 2012.

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TEAM CAPTAIN NEVIO PIZZOLITTO WILL RETURN IN 2011


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that team captain Nevio Pizzolitto will be returning in 2011.

Pizzolitto, a 34-year-old center back, is a veteran of 17 seasons in American second division, 16 of those with Montreal. In 2010, he started 23 of 24 games for a total of 2,067 minutes played. Pizzolitto hit the 2,000 minute-played plateau for the 5th time in his career. He was also on the pitch for all 90 minutes of each of the team’s four playoff games and three Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches.

Pizzolitto is ranked second in club history in games played (276), games started (234) and minutes played (21,769).

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DEFENDER HICHAM AABOUBOU RETURNS IN 2011


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced Thursday that central defender Hicham Aaboubou has agreed to a new one-year deal with the club.

Aaboubou, a 31-year-old Canadian resident and native of Morocco, will play his fourth season with the Impact in 2011. After playing just 17 matches in 2007 and 2009, Aaboubou solidified his spot on the team’s defensive line last season. In 2010, he played 24 regular season matches, all as a starter (2,123 minutes), reaching the 2,000-minute mark for the first time in his career with Montreal. He also played the full 90 minutes in four playoff matches and two Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches.

“After the season he had last year, Hicham deserved to be back in 2011,” declared Impact technical director Nick De Santis. “When Cédric Joqueviel and Stefano Pesoli left the team during the season, he played a very important role. Hicham demonstrated a high level of professionalism and has always been loyal to our club.”

“We will have experience at central defense with the return of Nevio (Pizzolitto) and Hicham, which is important at that position,” added De Santis. “With the addition of a young central defender, we would be in excellent shape at that spot in 2011.”

“Being a Montrealer, I’m very happy to be staying with the Impact for another season,” said Aaboubou. “I think I proved myself in 2010 and showed everyone that I have my place on this team. My objective is to have another good season in 2011 and prove that I can follow the team into MLS, but I’m not looking to skip any steps. What I want is to win championships this coming season."

Team captain Nevio Pizzolitto accepted a one-year deal for 2011 on January 5. The Impact now has a total of 13 players under contract for this season, the club’s final campaign in second division.

http://www.montrealimpact.com/News/N...D=1538&Focus=0

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Impact to Face MLS Teams in Preseason


MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact unveiled Wednesday the details of its three exhibition games versus Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, as part of a two-week preseason tour at the Grande Sports World Complex, located roughly 50 km south of Phoenix, from February 20 to March 4. The Impact will first take on the Portland Timbers, a club that is joining MLS in 2011, on February 23. Three days later, Montreal will play Sporting Kansas City, before wrapping up its exhibition schedule in the United States with a match versus FC Dallas, a finalist in last year's MLS Cup, on March 2, at the Reach 11 Sports Complex.

The Impact kicks off its 18th training camp in club history on February 7, at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, in preparation for its final season in North America's second division, before joining MLS in 2012.

Upon returning from Arizona, the team will benefit from a full week of rest before resuming daily training sessions in Brossard, Monday, March 14, for the final phase of preparation.

2011 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
January 24 to 28: Invitational training camp
February 1: Start of medical and physical test
February 7: Start of on-field training
February 20: Departure from Phoenix
February 23: IMPACT VS PORTLAND
February 26: IMPACT VS KANSAS CITY
March 2: IMPACT VS DALLAS

http://www.nasl.com/article/impact-t...s-in-preseason

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THE IMPACT UNVEILS ITS 2011 SCHEDULE

1-Saturday, April 9 @ Tampa Bay
2-Saturday, April 16 @ Carolina
3-Saturday, April 23 vs Tampa Bay (2:30pm)
4-Sunday, May 1 @ Edmonton
5-Saturday, May 14 vs Carolina (2:30pm)
6-Saturday, May 21 @ Tampa Bay
7-Saturday, May 28 @ Miami FC/Strikers 2011
8-Saturday, June 4 vs Edmonton (2:30pm)
9-Wednesday, June 8 @ Atlanta
10-Sunday, June 12 @ Puerto Rico
11-Saturday, June 18 vs Miami FC/Strikers 2011 (2:30pm)
12-Sunday, June 26 @ Edmonton
13-Wednesday, June 29 vs Puerto Rico (7:30pm)
14-Sunday, July 3 @ Carolina
15-Wednesday, July 13 vs Miami FC/Strikers (7:30pm)
16-Sunday, July 17 vs Atlanta (3:30pm)
17-Friday, July 22 @ Minnesota
18-Sunday, July 31 vs Puerto Rico (2:30pm)
19-Saturday, August 6 vs Minnesota (7:30pm)
20-Wednesday, August 10 vs Tampa Bay (7:30pm)
21-Sunday, August 14 vs Atlanta (6pm)
22-Saturday, August 20 vs Minnesota (2:30pm)
23-Saturday, August 27 @ Minnesota
24-Saturday, September 3 @ Miami FC/Strikers 2011
25-Wednesday, September 7 @ Puerto Rico
26-Sunday, September 11 vs Carolina (3:30pm)
27-Saturday, September 17 vs Edmonton (7:30pm)
28-Saturday, September 24 @ Atlanta
*Subject to change

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NICK DE SANTIS NAMED SPORTING DIRECTOR


MONTREAL – With Major League Soccer on the horizon for the Montreal Impact in 2012, the club announced Monday the appointment of Nick De Santis as the club’s sporting director, while Matt Jordan becomes his main assistant as the team’s director of soccer operations.

Technical director since June 2008, Nick De Santis will now have even more responsibilities with the Impact. Along with supervising the first team, he will also oversee all of the technical aspects of the four Academy teams (U21, U16, U15, U14) as well as the soccer schools.

“We’re already starting to assemble the pieces that we believe will lead to success from the moment we join MLS,” declared Impact president Joey Saputo. “We expect our team to be competitive from the very first season. Nick proved in the past that he’s capable of leading this club to victory and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the entire technical staff.”

http://www.montrealimpact.com/News/N...D=1545&Focus=0

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Matt Jordan moves into Impact's front office

Former MLS goalkeeping star officially announces his retirement

NEW YORK – A former MLS goalkeeping star officially hung up his boots on Monday, but he will still be very much in position to make league history.

Former Dallas and Columbus netminder Matt Jordan (pictured above, middle) surprisingly announced his retirement at Montreal Impact headquarters following a 13-year career. He will now move into the Impact’s front office as the club prepares for its first MLS expansion season in 2012.

The 35-year-old Jordan will become the new director of soccer operations in Montreal, where he arguably left his most lasting legacy as a player.

"Of all the teams that I have played for in my career, my time here in Montreal has been the most rewarding," Jordan said in a club statement. "I'm extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the last four years.”

As director of soccer operations, Jordan will serve as chief assistant of new sporting director Nick De Santis. He will be responsible for working with the MLS league office on all player personnel matters.

Jordan’s MLS career was off to a promising start when Dallas made him the 10th overall draft pick in 1998.

After biding his time as a rookie, he assumed the starting goalkeeper job in Dallas in 1999, earning an MLS All-Star selection to the tune of a 1.08 goals-against average. Jordan maintained his stranglehold on the position through the 2002 season, after which he tried his luck overseas

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/articl...s-front-office

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FIVE ACADEMY PLAYERS INVITED BY NATIONAL TEAM


MONTREAL – Five players of the U21 Impact Academy were invited to take part in Canadian national team training camps.

Defender Francesco Augustin was invited to the U20 camp, which will be held in Sunrise, Florida, from February 5 to 12. The U20 national team will play two friendly matches against Trinidad and Tobago and D.C. United, a Major League Soccer club. These two games are part of the national team’s preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF U20 championships set for April.

Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, defenders Ismaďl Benomar and Marco Lapenna, as well as midfielder Shadrack Mmunga were invited to take part in the U17 national team training camp, also in Florida, from February 5 to 13.


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Impact adds French midfielder Hassoun Camara


Just a few hours from the start of training camp, the Montreal Impact announced on Monday the signing of French midfielder Hassoun Camara.

Camara, a defensive midfielder who just turned 27 on February 3, was invited to take part in the club’s pre-camp held from January 24 to 28. Camara has played 43 league games in France’s Ligue 2 with SC Bastia, from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he played in the CFA (4th division) with Noisy-le-Sec from 2003 to 2006. He also had a stint in the first division with l'Olympique de Marseille, from 2006 to 2008, but played only one cup game.

“Camara is a versatile player, who can also play as a center back,” said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. “He has played at a very high level and has a bucket full of experience. He joins the Impact at a good age and will continue to improve with us. We hope he will adapt well to the North American game.”



http://www.nasl.com/article/impact-add-camara

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IDRISS ECH-CHERGUI AND KEVIN HATCHI JOIN THE IMPACT

MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday the signing of two French players for the 2011 season, midfielder Idriss Ech-Chergui and defender Kevin Hatchi.

Ech-Chergi and Hatchi will take part in their first training session with their new teammates this morning at 10am at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard.

http://www.montrealimpact.com/News/N...D=1551&Focus=0

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MLS French-language broadcasting national rights in Canada belong to TSN’s sister network RDS (www.rds.ca) as part of the deal in anticipation of when Montreal Impact join MLS as an expansion club, starting 2012.
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SIMON GATTI RETURNS WITH THE IMPACT


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on Wednesday that it has come to terms on a one-year deal with Canadian defender and defensive midfielder Simon Gatti.

Gatti, who celebrates today his 30th birthday, is originally from Welland, Ontario. He has played the last five seasons with the Impact, making 99 regular season appearances, 78 as a starter, for a total of 6,703 minutes played. In a defensive role, Gatti amassed two goals and four assists for eight points

http://www.montrealimpact.com/News/N...D=1556&Focus=0

TSISKARIDZE AND KREAMALMEYER JOIN THE IMPACT


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced Thursday the signings of left-defender Zourab Tsiskaridze and midfielder Luke Kreamalmeyer for the 2011 season

http://www.montrealimpact.com/News/N...D=1557&Focus=0

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Impact Sign Bill Gaudette


The Montreal Impact announced on Saturday the signing of American goalkeeper Bill Gaudette for the 2011 season. Gaudette, a 29-year-old American originally from Pennsylvania, wore the colours of the Puerto Rico Islanders over the last three seasons. In 2010, he took the Islanders to its first ever playoff championship, defeating the Carolina RailHawks in the final.

“We wanted a top level goalkeeper that had experience in our league and is capable of filling the void left by the retirement of Matt Jordan,” said sporting director Nick De Santis. “He did really well for the Islanders, taking them all the way to the championship. At 29, he is a player with personality, leadership and the potential to continue improving his game. We hope he will carry on the tradition we have here of great goalkeeping.”

In 2008, his first season with the Islanders, he helped Puerto Rico win the regular season championship and was named the league’s goalkeeper of the year.

Gaudette also led the Islanders to the semi-final round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament in 2009.

He was a first round selection (9th overall) by the Columbus Crew in the 2005 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft, playing 17 games with the Crew during the 2006 and 2007 campaigns.

Before going pro, Gaudette played at the university level for St. John’s, where he amassed a 43-13-12 record. Over that same period, he donned the jersey of the Brooklyn Knights of the Premier Development League (PDL).

Gaudette, who is now the 19th player under contract with the Impact for the 2011 season in the NASL, will travel with the team to Phoenix, Arizona.

http://www.nasl.com/article/impact-sign-bill-gaudette
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THE IMPACT WILL FACE NEW YORK RED BULLS AT SAPUTO STADIUM

MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact will face Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls at Saputo Stadium, in a friendly on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30pm.

With Montreal set to join Major League Soccer in 2012, this will provide soccer fans around the province with a great opportunity to get an early taste of MLS action.

Some well-known faces will take part in this match, including a couple of former FC Barcelona members, French forward Thierry Henry and Mexican defender Rafa Marquez, as well as Canadian goalkeeper Greg Sutton, who played for the Impact from 2001 to 2006.

“We are very excited to welcome the New York Red Bulls and bring an MLS team to Montreal,” declared Impact president Joey Saputo. “We will have the chance to face one of the original members of MLS, a club that has proved over the years to be a top class organization. This match promises to be a great experience for our fans. As we prepare our club for MLS in 2012, we would like to thank the Red Bulls organization for this opportunity.”

http://www.impactmontreal.com/News/N...ArticleID=1561

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Sporting KC Beats Impact


CASA GRANDE, Arizona – In its second pre-season game in Arizona against Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, the Montreal Impact was shut out 2-0 by Sporting Kansas City, Saturday afternoon, at Casa Grande’s soccer complex, in Arizona.
Kansas City opened the scoring in the 17th minute. In an effort to intercept a cross in the air from midfielder Stephane Auvray, team captain Nevio Pizzolitto deflected the ball over Impact goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.

KC doubled its lead off of a penalty shot in the 73rd minute. Forward CJ Sapong, who was fouled a few seconds prior in the 18-yard box, beat the second half goalkeeper Evan Bush, who is on a tryout with the Impact.

“We played a really good opponent, that moved the ball really well, but they won the game without really getting good scoring chances. Both goals came out of nowhere,” said Impact head coach Marc Dos Santos. “Defensively, we were solid, but we have to take better decisions in the third of the field.”

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IMPACT 0 PORTLAND 1


CASA GRANDE, Arizona – In its first exhibition match against MLS clubs in Arizona, the Montreal Impact was defeated 1-0 by the Portland Timbers, Wednesday, at the Grande Sports World Complex, in Casa Grande, near Phoenix, Arizona.

The game’s only goal was scored early on. In the 7th minute of play, forward Eddie Johnson deflected a cross from Roberto Merino with his head. Near the far post in the six-yard box, Johnson beat goalkeeper Evan Bush to the opposite side.

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IMPACT 3 DALLAS 0


PHOENIX, Arizona – The Montreal Impact concluded its training camp in Arizona with a 3-0 shutout victory over FC Dallas, last season’s MLS playoff runners-up, Wednesday, at Reach 11 Complex, near Phoenix.

Ali Gerba (21st minute), Luke Kreamalmeyer (53rd minute) and Idriss Ech Chergui (76th minute) scored the three goals in the club’s first win against Major Soccer League competition. Goalkeepers Bill Gaudette and Evan Bush shared the shutout.

“We got the feeling that in the first two games, we made a few mistakes that cost us the victory. We were close to getting a good result,” said Impact head coach Marc Dos Santos. “We deserved to return home on a good note. The team was rewarded tonight as a result of all their hard work in camp.”

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EPJr, what is your interest in the impact? do you work for the league they play in ?
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MONTREAL – With a year to go before joining Major League Soccer (MLS), the Montreal Impact unveiled Wednesday the detailed plans for the expansion of the Saputo Stadium, with the stadium increasing from 13,034 to 20,341 seats.

More than 7,000 seats will be added to the current stadium: 3,500 seats in a new West grandstand, 1,250 additional seats in the Southeast and Southwest grandstands (corners), as well as 1,000 additional seats in the East grandstand.

Among the most notable changes, a roof will hang over the upper rows of each grandstand, for a total of 6,948 covered seats. The roof will therefore cover a third of all seats, making the new Saputo Stadium a covered, open-air stadium.

“Today, we are presenting you a major league stadium for a major league city,” declared Joey Saputo president of the Montreal Impact and the Saputo Stadium. “This is a major step forward for soccer in Montreal and Quebec. This stadium will remain the main rallying point for soccer in the province. In 2012, all our season ticket holders will be able to find their place at Saputo Stadium in 2012. I would like to thank my family and the Quebec government for their involvement and continued support in this project.”

http://www.impactmontreal.com/News/N...ArticleID=1567


the blue area is new seating

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