Preview: Impact faces New England in final game of 2012
Montreal Impact – New England Revolution
Saturday, October 27, 2pm (ET)
Broadcast: TVA Sports, CJAD 800 Radio
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MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Impact plays its final game of the season this Saturday, against the New England Revolution at Stade Saputo at 2pm (ET). The club has planned a special thank you to fans.
As part of the festivities for Supporters Day, Impact tuques sponsored by Kia will be given to the first 8,000 people at Stade Saputo, while an official team poster, thanks to Coors Light, will be given away following the game, as well as sales of up to 50% on selected items at the boutique. After the game, the Impact will organize a historic photo opportunity with hundreds of fans on the field.
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Excellent tickets are still available through admission. The Impact is second in league attendance with 367,126 spectators and average attendance with 22,945, and has also surpassed the 350,000 mark for the first time in its history. The team will be looking for its fifth sellout crowd in its last six games.
Also, as part of the campaign to raise cancer awareness organized by MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Montreal Impact will be raising funds for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation during the game. To go along with your tuque, pink mittens will be sold at a cost of $10 each at two different sales points inside the stadium. The support extends to the pitch as well as the players will be wearing a special badge and pink laces for the campaign. The goalkeeper will be wearing a pink jersey as well.
For the top Canadian rank
A win on Saturday would guarantee that the Impact finishes as the best Canadian club in MLS this season - which brings with it the top seed in the 2013 Amway Canadian Championship. With both teams sitting on 42 points and one game remaining this season, the Impact holds the tiebreaker as the first-year team has scored 10 more goals than Vancouver in 2012. TFC is guaranteed to finish as the third seed for the Canadian tournament, which means the top Canadian side would face FC Edmonton of the North American second division (NASL).
This will be the final matchup of the season between these two sides. The Impact has a chance to sweep the season series, having won 2-1 at Stade Saputo on July 18 and then 1-0 in Foxboro on August 12. Midfielder Sanna Nyassi scored two of his six goals this season against the Revs (both game-winners), but will miss the matchup due to an automatic one-game suspension resulting from yellow card accumulation. Midfielder Patrice Bernier (9G, 8A) scored the other goal on a PK at home.
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The Impact is looking to extend three separate streaks this weekend. The home side is undefeated at Stade Saputo in its last seven games (6-0-1) and is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games in Montreal. The Impact’s consecutive shutout sequence at home stands at 247 minutes. The last goal by an opposing player was scored by Chris Wondolowski of San Jose at the 23rd minute mark on June 18th.
Finally, the team is undefeated in its last three games, all draws, with Toronto FC, Houston and Sporting KC.
Impact head coach Jesse Marsch returns to the bench following a one-game suspension for his ejection in Houston.
OUT: D Nelson Rivas – Left knee surgery, M Felipe – Sports hernia, M Sinisa Ubiparipovic – Hip flexor strain, F Bernardo Corradi – Left knee ACL tear
It is possible to book your spot for the 2013 season by getting on the priority list with a $50 deposit by calling 514-328-3668. Ticket sales to the general public are set for November 5.
Please note that the prices for season tickets have gone down, globally, by 15%. An additional game has been added to the ticket package, totalling 19 matches and the team will play a maximum of two or three games at Olympic Stadium next season.
- Impact players who have scored vs. New England: Davy Arnaud (6), Justin Mapp (3), Sanny Nyassi (2, with the Impact), Patrice Bernier (1, with the Impact) and Shavar Thomas (1).
- Patrice Bernier has participated in 58% of the goals scored at Stade Saputo, scoring seven and helping on seven others.
- Seven current Impact players have started 20 or more games with the team this season: Felipe (30), Davy Arnaud (30), Collen Warner (26), Patrice Bernier (24), Jeb Brovsky (24), Justin Mapp (22) and Matteo Ferrari (22).
- Five current Impact players have logged over 2,000 minutes this season: Davy Arnaud (2,675), Felipe (2,652), Collen Warner (2,344), Jeb Brovsky (2,143) and Patrice Bernier (2,104). Matteo Ferrari (1,958) is 42 minutes shy of the 2,000 minutes played mark.
- Since joining the Impact, goalkeeper Troy Perkins has maintained a GAA of .875, while shutting out the opposition four times in eight games.
- Hassoun Camara (8-6-4), Dennis Iapichino (4-1-0), Alessandro Nesta (3-2-2) and Troy Perkins (3-2-3) have a better than .500 winning percentage amongst players who have started five or more games this season.