11:21 AM EST, Mon November 23, 2020
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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...
13 hours ago
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Nov 19, 2020
De la parole aux actes...Comment?

De la parole aux actes...Comment?

Thierry Henry semble avoir une mainmise intéressante sur son vestiaire, lui donnant plus de latitude au niveau de ses décisions et, surtout, ses paroles. | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Le discours de l’entraîneur pour l’affrontement contre le Révolution sera intéressant, mais la réponse des joueurs le sera encore plus... Il est impossible de rester indifférent lorsque, à quelques minutes d’un match, le groupe encercle le coach pour écouter son discours. Souvent exempt de consignes tactiques, ce moment a une sorte de magie, presque méditative, où il est...
Nov 18, 2020
Piatti - Again The Star Turn at San Lorenzo

Piatti - Again The Star Turn at San Lorenzo

Nacho Piatti during today’s press conference at San Lorenzo “I came back because I knew I could perform like this.” Nacho Piatti rolled back the years on Saturday providing a sumptuous, 17th-minute cross from a set-piece to set up Federico Gattoni for San Lorenzo’s opening goal at Aldosivi in the battle between Group Five’s unbeaten teams in the Liga Professional Argentina.He then helped himself to a goal of his own seven minutes later, after a loose ball ricocheted in his direction.It was Piatti’s first start of the new season and his masterclass proved the...
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...
Nov 18, 2020
New Pod - Play-offs: “We Can Do It,” say Sam & Hady....

New Pod - Play-offs: “We Can Do It,” say Sam & Hady....

Flashback! Ignacio Piatti and Dominic Oduro celebrate the latter’s play-off goal against Toronto FC in 2016 in Stade Olympique. Nacho also features in this week’s pod after his match-winning performance at the weekend with San Lorenzo. | Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ ... I’m not so sure... Hot Off The Recording Reel, it’s the fourth episode in our recently re-branded ‘THE BALL IS ROUND podcast. #TBIRMontreal. In this week’s episode we talk the big play-off meeting on Friday night with New England... Sam & Hady are optimistic... I’m not so sureAnd...
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...
Nov 16, 2020
Ray Clemence - From Deck-Chair Attendant to Liverpool’s #1

Ray Clemence - From Deck-Chair Attendant to Liverpool’s #1

Ray Clemence, who passed away yesterday, pictured at Melwood, Liverpool’s training ground in 1972. Clem was a hugely influential part of the greatest of all Liverpool teams... When Ray Clemence was a young professional playing Third Division football (in the sensible days when third division also meant third tier), he supplemented his wages by working as a deck-chair attendant at Skegness beach in the summer of-seasons.That was before the great Bill Shankly discovered his talent and paid struggling Scunthorpe United £18,000 for the 18-year-old’s signature in 1967. In an illustrious...
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...
Nov 16, 2020
Tony Waiters - A Canadian Soccer Giant

Tony Waiters - A Canadian Soccer Giant

Tony Waiters, pictured during his Blackpool days, passed away last Tuesday. Obituary of the former England international, the only man in history to take Canada to the World Cup finals. I first became aware of Tony Waiters in the early 70’s.Technically his playing career had already ended, yet here he was answering an emergency call at Burnley, whose first-choice goalkeeper of the time, Peter Mellor, had sustained an injury.It was over three years since he’d last played, having announced his retirement at his only previous Football League club, Blackpool, when they suffered...