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Mount Royal Soccer Nov 25, 2020
New Podcast - Diego Armando Maradona

New Podcast - Diego Armando Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona, who died today, aged 60 Latest - The Ball Is Round podcast, Weds 25 November 2020. We cut some regular items from our show today after the sad news of Diego Maradona’s passing and devoted most of the program to our memories of a legend. RIP, Diego MaradonaWe also chat about Impact’s loss in New England last Friday evening and discuss some possibilities around the current first-team squad ahead of 2021 - Who will stay & Who will go?
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 24, 2020
Shome Undergoes Surgery

Shome Undergoes Surgery

Impact midfielder, Shamit Shome underwent surgery today for a sports hernia. | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Midfielder will miss Champions League game(s) in December 2020 has been a frustrating year for most of us, but perhaps even more so for Impact midfield man, Shamit Shome.After staking a claim for a regular place in 2019 with 19 MLS starts and 9 introductions from the bench, those numbers fell to 4 starts and and 8 sub appearances in 2020 under Thierry Henry.But the extent of Shome’s frustrations are becoming more evident with today’s news that the 23-year-old...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 23, 2020
Giroud Unlikely To Consider MLS Option In Short-term

Giroud Unlikely To Consider MLS Option In Short-term

Warming the bench has become a frequent occupation for Olivier this season at Chelsea. | Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via France striker has his sights set on Euro 2020 next summer. It’s unlikely Olivier Giroud (34) will end up in MLS with the Montreal Impact or any other club in 2021.His lack of opportunities this season so far at Chelsea has alerted French national team boss, Didier Deschamp, who told the player he must sort out his playing situation to avoid compromising his national team future.Playing in Euro 2020 next summer is dear to the former...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 22, 2020
Cameo Role For Piatti in Latest San Lorenzo Victory

Cameo Role For Piatti in Latest San Lorenzo Victory

Action from San Lorenzo v Argentinos Juniors - Mariana Peralta Bauer is foiled by Juniors’ ‘keeper Lucas Chavez. Nacho Piatti played for the last 13 minutes helping his side see out a 2-0 victory. A weekend round-up on some former Impact men now plying their trade elsewhere... Just last week, Ignacio Piatti claimed that something special was going on at San Lorenzo. He might be right, as The Cyclone, still unbeaten after four games in the new season, made it three wins in-a-row, defeating Argentinos Juniors 2-0.The goals came either side of half-time (a period in...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 22, 2020
Champions League Countdown - Olimpia thrash Real Sociedad 5-0!!!!!

Champions League Countdown - Olimpia thrash Real Sociedad 5-0!!!!!

CD Olimpia players celebrate their fifth goal against lowly Real Sociedad this afternoon. Impact’s CCL opponent's now unbeaten in eleven since resumption of football in Honduras. A week, they say, is a long time in politics... It can be an even longer time in football, and with 23 days to go until the Impact next take the field, their opponents CD Olimpia, are in tip-top league form. With a one-goal deficit to claw back, the Impact will be hoping the Lions are peaking way too soon.This afternoon they thrashed struggling Real Sociedad (not the Spanish one) 5-0 at...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 21, 2020
Bou Late Show Cruel on Impact

Bou Late Show Cruel on Impact

Impact players are floored as Gustavo Bou celebrates his winning goal in the 5th minute of added time. | Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Argentinian forward strikes 95th minute winner for New England as Montreal leave the stage........ New England .... 2 .... Impact .... 1 The pain on Luis Binks face said it all.It had been a herculean effort by the Montreal eleven and those who entered the game later. They even threatened up until the midpoint of a gripping second-half, to turn the game on its head. But a withering Revolution responded strongly in the closing stages.The...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 20, 2020
Impact at New England Revs - Team News & Line-ups

Impact at New England Revs - Team News & Line-ups

Two players who hope to be headed into the Play-offs proper after this evening; Bojan of Montreal Impact (left) and Lee Nguyen of the Revs. Jackson-Hamel, Camacho and Corrales all start, Kizza,Toye and Okwonkwo on the bench No real surprises in Bruce Arena’sNew England line-up. It’s pretty much as you’d expect, with Tommy McNamara getting the pick for the right midfield slot. Player off the Year Matt Turner is in goal, Kessler and Farrell provide the central defensive cover in front of him and Carles Gil starts despite limited game time recently.Bunbury, Bou and...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 20, 2020
Romell Quioto is mountroyalsoccer.com Impact MVP for 2020

Romell Quioto is mountroyalsoccer.com Impact MVP for 2020

Romell Quioto is mountroyalsoccer.com MVP for 2020 | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Luis Binks wins Impact Defender of the Year mountroyalsoccer.com has announced its individual player awards for the 2020 season.Our three-man panel was unanimous for all three awards - MVP, Defender of the Year and Most Disappointing Player of the Year.MVP 2020 - Romell Quioto has had no real peers in a Montreal Impact uniform this season. A close-season arrival from Houston Dynamo, who received Victor Cabrera in exchange didn’t waste any time in making his mark, scoring in the 22nd...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 19, 2020
Play-off Countdown - Quioto: “We need to have heart, passion and desire.”

Play-off Countdown - Quioto: “We need to have heart, passion and desire.”

Keep smiling. Let’s hope Romell Quioto is doing just that come the conclusion of matters in New England tomorrow evening. The Honduran carries the hopes of a city into Montreal’s first play-off game for fours years. Romell Quioto met the media after training, Wednesday, well wrapped up in a heavy winter coat. At least by 6.30 tomorrow evening as the teams kick-off in New England he’ll be experiencing a balmy 11C.Acknowledging the difficulties the Impact has had against New England this season, Quioto suggested that Impact can prevail in tomorrow evening’s...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 19, 2020
Play-off Countdown: Henry Must Find a Way To Unseat Coach Cool

Play-off Countdown: Henry Must Find a Way To Unseat Coach Cool

In four matches this season, experienced coach Bruce Arena’s team has bested Thierry Henry’s three times... | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Impact coach must find a way to deal with New England. If losing multiple times to a frequently-faced opponent, eventually gives you an advantage, then the match-up kicking off the 2020 MLS Play-offs is not so much a foregone conclusion as many might think.Of course it will be difficult for Thierry Henry’s men, who will be without inspirational Sam Piette, and most probably Victor Wanyama too, but in defeat you tend to learn...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 18, 2020
Saba Looking To Regain Momentum

Saba Looking To Regain Momentum

Steeven Saba (left) trying to get close to Lionel Messi during his international debut at La Bombonera Stadium in May 2018. | Photo by Marcelo Endelli/ Foot injury behind him, the Haitian international is excited by prospects of MLS play-offs. Steeven Saba’s soccer career between early 2018 and going into this season was trending in a hugely encouraging direction.International recognition, a debut at the world-famous La Bombonera Stadium, coming face to face with Messi, reaching the last four of the Gold Cup with Haiti and earning an MLS contract with the Montreal...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 16, 2020
“We Prepare to Play New England Without Victor, But...” - Thierry Henry

“We Prepare to Play New England Without Victor, But...” - Thierry Henry

Victor Wanyama - could he yet play in Friday’s game? Henry alludes to MLS trying to work something out for players who’ve had to travel. Speaking on TSN690 today, Thierry Henry insisted his team’s planning and preparation for the play-off match-up with New England Revolution on Friday evening, does not currently involve Victor Wanyama.However the Impact coach has not ruled out a slim possibility that the former Tottenham midfielder might become available for selection.“The league is working on something but I don’t know what, so something might happen. But we must plan ahead...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 16, 2020
Impact v San Lorenzo - A Fitting Tribute to Piatti

Impact v San Lorenzo - A Fitting Tribute to Piatti

A friendly exhibition match between Montreal Impact and San Lorenzo would be a fitting tribute to the Impact’s greatest-ever player. | Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The Impact retains an obligation to recognize it’s greatest-ever player and allow fans to say a proper farewell Leading 3-0 in the closing minutes of the meaningless last league game of 2019, Wilmer Cabrera called upon Shamit Shome. The young Impact midfielder two years previously had replaced Patrice Bernier at the end of his captain’s last-ever game for the Impact. This time Shome was about to replace...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 15, 2020
Arena Expects To Meet A Well-Organized Impact In Play-offs

Arena Expects To Meet A Well-Organized Impact In Play-offs

Big Game Build-Up - Bruce Arena (left) feels his New England side will need patience to break down Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact when the sides meet this Friday evening... | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Revs coach has been looking ahead to Friday’s play-off game with the New England media... New England coach Bruce Arena is expecting the Impact to sit in tight behind the ball when the teams clash at Gillette Stadium in Friday evening’s first MLS play-off fixture of 2020.“Teams are going to obviously play to win [in the play-offs]. There are some teams which will probably try to...
Mount Royal Soccer Nov 14, 2020
PIATTI-GOL

PIATTI-GOL

Same picture, different colours... Ignacio Piatti reminds Impact fans what they’re missing... Nacho back amongst the goals as he gets his first start of the new season... Former Impact star Ignacio Piatti found himself back on the scoresheet this afternoon, the first time in over a year, since scoring with that rasping drive against Toronto FC in last season’s Canadian Championship final, first-leg.Piatti was making his first start of the new Argentine season as his San Lorenzo side travelled to Aldosivi’s Estadio Jose Maria Minella, the southernmost ground ever to host a World...

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