September 8th, 2006 USL Montreal Impact vs Toronto Lynx (from Lynx media release)

Toronto Lynx Game Report

Presented by CAW - Canadian Auto Workers Union

For Immediate Release

Lynx and Impact Tie One On in Montreal

Date: Friday September, 2006

Venue: Claude Robillard Stadium, Montreal QC

Attendance: 12,891

Kick-off Time: 7:30 PM. EST

Final score: Montreal 0, Toronto 0

Match Summary

The Toronto Lynx battled the host Montreal Impact battled to a nil-nil draw this evening on an overcast evening in Montreal before a large partisan crowd. The match wrapped up the season series between the two clubs, with the Impact holding a 2-0-2 edge and gives the Impact the Voyageur’s Cup for the fifth consecutive season. The tie raises the Lynx’ record to 7-12-8 (29 points), while the Impact move to 14-5-8 (51 points). The match was the last match of the season for Montreal, while Toronto has one match left on Sunday evening against the Minnesota Thunder. A win would have clinched first place overall for the Impact, who remain in first, 5 points clear of Rochester, who have two matches in hand.

The first half was an even affair, with both teams trading chances. The Lynx’ best chance to score was snuffed when David Diplacido was brought down in the box, but the referee decided not to award a penalty, and the half ended scoreless.

The Impact pressed forward in the second half, and were rewarded by the referee with a penalty strike in the 53rd minute. Striker Mauricio Salles took the strike for the hosts, but ‘keeper Theo Zagar saved the kick and preserved the shutout for the Lynx. Neither team was able to score in the balance of the match, and the game ended tied at zeroes.

Coach Duncan Wilde was proud of the effort of his squad, in the match and over the past 17 games, which has saw the Lynx lose only three times. “You have to look long and hard to find a better team in the USL First Division right now.” said Wilde. “This is the best team I’ve coached since I’ve came to Canada, and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved this season, especially in light of our poor start. I don’t think there is any team in the whole league who would want to face us in the playoffs, if we had been able to qualify.”

The Lynx complete their 2006 USL-1 season on Sunday evening as they host the Minnesota Thunder at 6:00 PM on Fan Appreciation Night, presented by corporate partner Air Miles. The match will be preceded by the tenth annual Toronto Lynx Player Awards, and will feature many give-aways and fan interactives throughout the match. Including 10 grand prizes of 500 Air Miles. The first 500 fans through the gate will receive a baseball cap courtesy of team equipment sponsor Legea. Tickets can be purchased at the Centennial Park Stadium box office two hours prior to kick-off.

Montreal: Sutton, Gervais, Vincello, Braz, Lyssand, Fronimadis (Ribeiro, 63), DiLorenzo, Biello (Kolic, 85), Gatti (Leduc, 79), Bailey (Di Ioia, 26 (Fukasawa, 70)), Salles

Toronto: Zagar, Titus, Arango, Williams, Mattacchione (Palleschi, 45), Diplacido (Neto, 56), Aristodemo, Dodds, Chin, Bartolomeu (Bedenikovic, 67), Jeffrey (Pottinger, 80)

Cautions: Montreal 2 (Fronimadis, 58: Salles, 73)
Toronto 3 (Chin, 35; Dodds 53; Bartolomeu, 63)

Ejections: None

Goals: None

Shots: Montreal 7 (4), Toronto 5 (1)

Saves: Montreal 3 (3), Toronto 4 (1)

Fouls: Montreal 11 (6), Toronto 13 (6)

Offsides: Montreal 2 (1), Toronto 9 (5)

Corners: Montreal 7 (3), Toronto 4 (2)

The Toronto Lynx's next game is at home versus the Minnesota Thunder on Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

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