Lynx press release for May 1st, 2002.
Subject: Budalic And Reda Named To A-League Team Of The
Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 6:13 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BUDALIC AND REDA NAMED TO A-LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK
TORONTO, ON—(May 1, 2002)…Rookie forward Nikola Budalic and team captain Marco Reda were both named to the A-League Team of the Week today. This is the second consecutive week a member of the Lynx has been named to the squad. Budalic, a resident of Kitchener, led the way for the Toronto this past weekend as he scored one goal in each of the Lynx’s matches versus Richmond and Hampton Roads. Through three games the forward leads the team in goals (2) and points (4).
Captain Marco Reda was also named to the A-League Team of the Week for his outstanding defensive efforts over the weekend. Currently in his fifth season, this is the first time Reda has received the honour. Reda’s strong defensive poise was a key factor in Toronto’s 2-1 victory over Hampton on Saturday.
VINCELLO SUSPENDED FOR SIX GAMES, SERIOUX GONE FOR ONE
Mauricio Vincello, the Toronto Lynx’s 2001 Defender of the Year, was suspended for six games today while 2000 Team Defender of the Year, Adrian Serioux, was suspended for one game as a result of incidents which arose in last Friday’s 1-1 tie against Richmond.
Vincello will miss the next six games for a "referee assault" against official Augusto St. Silva. During the match, Vincello made slight contact with St. Silva as he disputed a controversial penalty kick awarded to Richmond in the 90th minute of play. Vincello was subsequently ejected from the contest for his actions. As per United Soccer League (USL) rules, "any player who commits an intentional act of violence at or upon a referee shall be suspended without pay for a period of at least six consecutive matches". The defender, who was also fined $200 by the USL, will not be eligible to return until Wednesday, June 12 when the Lynx host their annual School Day against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Centennial Park Stadium.
Toronto defender Serioux received a red-card for a "serious foul" as he tackled Kickers star Kevin Jeffery down from behind. The Scarborough resident will be forced to sit out the Lynx’s match this Friday, May 3 against the Atlanta Silverbacks. He was fined $100.
Kickers forward Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi was also suspended for three games and fined $200 today by the league for "violent conduct" as he intentionally elbowed Vincello after he was fouled by the Lynx defender late in the match. The red-card to Adu-Gyamfi came only minutes before Vincello’s altercation with St. Silva.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! TORONTO MAKES FOX SPORTS WORLD TELEVISION DEBUT THIS FRIDAY
With Toronto opening the season on an eight game road trip, fans of the Lynx will be able to catch their first glimpse of the 2002 squad this Friday as the club will be featured on Fox Sports World Canada’s A-League Game of the Week. As part of the United Soccer League’s (USL) new five-year partnership with Fox Sports International, the network will show Toronto’s match versus the Atlanta Silverbacks on Friday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. Check your satellite or cable provider for local listings.
TORONTO SCHWABEN CLUB HOSTS 1860 MUNICH BRUNCH
With the match against TSV 1860 Munich less than three weeks away, preparation for the game is in full swing. The Toronto Schawben Club will host a brunch for TSV 1860 Munich the day after the game on Sunday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. On hand at the event will be members of TSV 1860 Munich including Paul Agostino, Thomas Haessler and Tomas Votava.
For more information contact the Association of Danube Swabians, at (416) 290-6186.
LYNX SPEAK OUT AGAINST BULLYING IN SCHOOLS
Being a positive influence in the community is always a top priority each year for the Toronto Lynx. As part of the club’s recent partnership with the Canadian Safe Schools Network, captain Marco Reda and 2001 Team MVP and A-League Rookie of the Year, Robbie Aristodemo will be appearing at Cliffwood Elementary School in North York on Thursday, May 2 to speak out against bullying in local area schools. The players will be on hand from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to educate the kids on the growing problem of school bullying as well as teach students soccer skills and sign autographs.
Lastly, for a fourth straight year, the Toronto Lynx are also pleased to announce their partnership with HarbourKids Summer Camps in Toronto. The HarbourKids Summer Camps are the third largest in North America. This year, two Toronto Lynx players will appear at the camps on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2 through to August 30. The soccer camps place an emphasis on individual development, sportsmanship and team play with a focus on establishing a strong foundation of soccer skills and techniques.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
ERIC MICHALKO – MEDIA RELATIONS COORDINATOR
(416) 251-4625, ext. 25
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