L’Impact de Montréal Couronnée Champion Du Canada 2019 | Montreal Impact Crowned 2019 Champions of Canada

Les Montréalais remporte la Coupe des Voyageurs et Qualifie Pour La Ligue Des Champions de la Concacaf.

Montreal Brings Home The Voyageurs Cup; Earns Spot In Concacaf Champions League. Note: English language content below.

TORONTO, Ont., Canada (September 26, 2019) —

Le Bleu-blanc-noir a mis la main sur la 10è coupe des Voyageurs de son histoire après une séance de tirs au but lors du match retour de la finale du Championnat canadien hier soir au BMO Field à Toronto.

« Ça fait beaucoup de temps que j’attends ça, de prendre un trophée dans mes mains. »

Ignacio Piatti

«Ça fait beaucoup de temps que j’attends ça, de prendre un trophée dans mes mains, s’est exclamé Ignacio Piatti en français, prenant le temps de remercier aussi l’ancien entraîneur de l’équipe et ses adjoints. Aujourd’hui, c’est magnifique d’avoir gagné. C’est une victoire d’équipe. »

Lors du match aller, au Stade Saputo de Montréal, l’Impact s’était forgé une avance de 1-0 au cumulatif des buts, grâce à une superbe frappe de Piatti.

La formation montréalaise était privée des services du milieu de terrain Saphir Taïder, qui a reçu une suspension d’un match en raison d’une accumulation de cartons jaunes.

Tsubasa Endoh a encaissé un but à la 70e minute pour les Reds. Malgré des opportunités les montréalais n’ont pas réussi à finir le match en temps régulier.

Aux tirs de but, Bojan Krkic, Daniel Lovitz et Rudy Camacho ont réussi à déjouer Alex Bono à trois reprises pour permettre à l’Impact de s’imposer 3-1.

Toronto avait dominé, mais le vent a tourné en faveur du Bleu-blanc-noir à la 84e minute, lorsque Chris Mavinga a écopé d’un carton rouge pour avoir fauché Lassi Lappalainen devant la demi-lune de la surface de réparation. Toronto évoluait à 10 joueurs.

Le onze montréalais a tenté de fermer les livres à la 90e minute. Une frappe de Piatti a toutefois percuté la barre horizontale, forçant la tenue d’une séance de tir de barrage.

Grâce à cette victoire, le Bleu-blanc-noir participera à la 12e représentation de la Ligue des Champions de la CONCACAF, qui s’amorcera en février 2020.

« C’est une grosse victoire. Particulièrement cette année, avec plus d’équipes en lice, la compétition est plus sérieuse. Ça prouve que le soccer est en ascension ici. De pouvoir représenter Montréal, le Québec et le Canada évidemment, c’est spécial, c’est certain », a déclaré Samuel Piette.

« Ils ont mis les efforts nécessaires et ont fait ce qu’ils avaient à faire sur le terrain. Et ils le méritent, a déclaré l’entraîneur-chef de l’Impact, Wilmer Cabrera. Pour les partisans, pour la ville de Montréal et pour ce club. »

L’Impact tentait de mettre la main sur la coupe des Voyageurs pour une première fois depuis 2014, tandis que le Toronto F. C. visait un quatrième titre canadien consécutif.

C’était la dixième fois que Montréal remportait la Coupe des Voyageurs et la première depuis 2014. Avec cet victoire, L’Impact s’est qualifiée pour la Ligue des Champions de la Concacaf 2020 qui commencera en février 2020. Montréal rejoindra les équipes déjà qualifié au tournoi: UANL, Cruz Azul, Leon et Club America (Mexique), Portmore United (Jamaïque), et Atlanta United et Los Angeles Football Club (MLS).

Plus des renseignements sur le championnat canadien


Highlights Courtesy of One Soccer

The Montrealers Take Home The Voyageurs Cup


Montreal Impact defeated Toronto Football Club 3-1 on penalty kicks at BMO Field last evening to win the 2019 Canadian Championship. Toronto’s 1-0 victory on the night meant that the two-game aggregate score was tied at 1-1. Per competition format, the match went straight to penalties.

Absent from the match was Impact midfielder Saphir Taider, who was out due to card accumulation.

The Impact posted a 1-0 win in the opener of the home-and-away series last week at the Stade Saputo thanks to a goal by Ignacio Piatti. He nearly gave Montreal the win late in the second half but his shot hit the crossbar (see video clip above).

Montreal would have surely taken the lead in the 65th minute but for a blatant handball that was missed by the match officials. Despite the protests of the Impact players, VAR is not part of the Canadian Championship competition rules.

Tsubasa Endoh scored Toronto’s goal in the 70th minute. The Reds Chris Mavinga was given a red card in the 85th minute for taking down Lassi Lappalainen just outside the box.

Montreal carried its late momentum into the penalty-kicks session, scoring on all three opportunities. Rudy Camacho, Bojan and Daniel Lovitz converted from the spot for Montreal. Alejandro Pozuelo scored on Toronto’s first attempt but Jozy Altidore hit the crossbar and Patrick Mullins had his shot saved by goalkeeper Clement Diop.

Jonathan Osorio hit the post with Toronto’s fourth attempt, sealing the result.

“We became stronger and our stronger and our confidence grew,” said Impact coach Wilmer Cabrera.

It was the tenth time that Montreal has won the Voyageurs Cup and its first domestic title since 2014.

The Impact thus earn a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League with the victory. Montreal will join UANL, Cruz Azul, Leon and Club America from Mexico in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League, which begins in February 2020. Other qualified teams include Jamaica’s Portmore United and MLS sides Atlanta United and Los Angeles Football Club.

Starting Lineups

After the match and the on field celebrations, the team went to the locker room, where a celebration with Montreal Impact President Kevin Gilmore broke out.

Gallery (Images: Canadian Press and Montreal Impact)

More information on the 2019 Canadian Championship

Relive Igancio Piatti’s goal from the first leg of the championship in Montreal:

Revolution sign Massachusetts native/US U20 Int’l to Roster as Homegrown Player

Miami, FL (Friday, January 18, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –  

New England Revolution announced today that they have signed a highly coveted prospect as a Homegrown Player.

His name is Justin Rennicks, and he is a United States U20 forward who just completed an outstanding sophomore (2nd) season at Indiana University. Rennicks will forego his final two seasons of eligibility with the Hoosiers. Rennicks’ season for Indiana in 2018 included earning Second-Team All-Big Ten and First-Team All-North Region honours. He scored six goals on the year, including three match-winners, and started all 20 games he appeared in for IU.

“Justin was a talented and productive player during his time in our Academy, and he further distinguished himself at Indiana University and in the U.S. Youth National Team system,” Revs general manager Michael Burns said. “After monitoring his progress closely over the last two years, we felt this was the right time for Justin to take this next step in his development and join the first team.”

Rennicks was a key contributor on the United States U20 side that won the Concacaf U20 Championship in November and is expected to play a key part of Tab Ramos’ side in Poland at the U20 World Cup.

  • POSITION Midfielder/Forward
  • HT./WT. 5-11 / 165
  • HOMETOWN Hamilton, Mass.
  • HIGH SCHOOL Hamilton Wenham Regional

Univ. of Indiana player profile:  10, Justin Rennicks

During his time at the New England Revolution Academy, Rennicks scored 38 goals and 25 assists and was a three-time Academy Player of the Year.

On a lighter note, I can say with experience that he and his family have certainly logged a lot of miles on I-495.


Related on Russo Law & Soccer:

What Is The Homegrown Player Rule?

Major League Soccer has a complex set of rules that govern how the rosters of its clubs are filled. There is also a salary cap, with players occupying roster spots and having a “salary budget charge.”

An academy player may be signed as a “Homegrown Player” if he has been placed on a club’s homegrown player list and has met all necessary conditions. A detailed explanation of the Homegrown Player Rule can be found at: MLS Homegrown Player Rule

© 2019 Russo Law & Sports

2018 Concacaf Awards | Premios Concacaf 2018

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) – Concacaf – 

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf)  announced the winners of the 2018 Concacaf Awards on January 15, 2019. The Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards went to Hirving Lozano and Alex Morgan, respectively.

2018 Concacaf Awards

La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) anunció ayer a los ganadores de los Premios Concacaf 2018. Los Premios del Jugador y Jugadora del Año fueron ganado por Hirving Lozano (MEX) y Alex Morgan (USA), respectivamente. 

Premios Concacaf 2018

Via Concacaf: Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. While the Mexican striker had previously earned plenty of attention around the region for his play in both World Cup Qualifying and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, it was in 2018 that the rest of the world met the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward.

El año de Lozano se destacó por un desempeño excepcional en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia. Mientras que el delantero mexicano había ganado mucha atención en la región por su juego tanto en la Clasificación a la Copa Mundial, así como en la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank, fue en 2018 que el resto del mundo conoció al delantero del PSV Eindhoven, de 23 años.

Morgan led the United States Women’s National Team to a sparkling year, which included a 5W-0D-0L record at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The 29-year-old played a major part in her team’s qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, by scoring seven goals and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Morgan lideró a la Selección Nacional Femenina de los Estados Unidos a un año brillante, que incluyó un récord de 5W-0D-0L en el Campeonato Femenino de Concacaf 2018. La jugadora de 29 años jugó un papel importante en la clasificación de su equipo para la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2019, al marcar siete goles, ganando la Bota de Oro del torneo

The Winners  |  Los Ganadores

Jugador del Año | Men’s Player of the Year
1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
2. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

Jugadora del Año | Women’s Player of the Year
1. Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
3. Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns FC/USA

Portero del Año | Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) – Standard Liège/BEL
3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) – Oklahoma City Energy/USA

Portera del Año | Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) – Sporting SM/PAN
3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) – Linköpings FC/SWE

Entrenador de Fútbol Masculino del Año | Men’s Coach of the Year
1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) – San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) – Curacao National Team
3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) – Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

Entrenador de Fútbol Femenino del Año | Women’s Coach of the Year
1. Hue Menzies (JAM) – Jamaica Women’s National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
2. Jill Ellis (USA) – United States Women’s National Team
3. Monica Vergara (MEX) – Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team

Árbitro del Año | Men’s Referee of the Year
1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
2. Mark Geiger (USA)
3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Árbitra del Año | Women’s Referee of the Year
1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Gol del Año | Goal of the Year
1. Joe Corona (MEX) – SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19′
2. Alan Pulido (MEX) – SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72′
3. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – CWC: Jamaica vs Cuba, 2′

Premio al Desempeño Sobresaliente |Outstanding Performance Award
Jamaica Women’s National Team

XI Ideal Masculino | Male Best 11
GK – Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
DF – Hugo Ayala (MEX) – Tigres UANL/MEX
DF – Edson Alvarez (MEX) – Club America/MEX
DF – Cuco Martina (CUW) – Stoke City FC/ENG
DF – Francisco Calvo (CRC) – Minnesota United FC/USA
MF – Hector Herrera (MEX) – Porto FC/POR
MF – Michael Bradley (USA) – Toronto FC/CAN
MF – Andres Guardado (MEX) – Real Betis/ESP
FW – Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
FW – Bradley Wright-Phillips (ENG) – New York Red Bulls/USA
FW – Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

XI Ideal Femenino | Female Best 11
GK – Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
DF – Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) – Olympique Lyonnais/FRA
DF – Crystal Dunn (USA) – NC Courage/USA
DF – Tanna Sanchez (MEX U-17) – Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla/MEX
DF – Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) – Utah Royals FC/USA
MF – Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns/USA
MF – Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
MF – Nicole Perez (MEX U-17) – CD Guadalajara/MEX
FW – Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
FW – Christine Sinclair (CAN) – Portland Thorns/USA
FW – Jody Brown (JAM) – AS Roma/ITA