IMPACT WINS 4-1 AGAINST FIORENTINA PRIMAVERA
FLORENCE, ITALY – The Montreal Impact defeated ACF Fiorentina’s reserve side 4-1 Tuesday at the Centro Tecnico de Coverciano, in Florence, Italy. Mircea Ilcu, Zakaria Messoudi and Oussama Essabr scored in the victory.
Ilcu opened the scoring in the 25th minute when defender Dennis Iapichino played a cross from deep down the left flank to the Academy forward waiting far post, just outside the six-yard box. The U21 forward finished the play with a low shot towards the opposite corner.
Then a couple of minutes later, forward Andrew Wenger attempted to play a low cross through the box, but a Fiorentina defender deflected the ball into its net.
Impact U21 midfielder Zakaria Messoudi put the Impact up for good in the 55th minute when he finished a cross from deep down the right flank by defender Zarek Valentin, who found Messoudi near the penalty spot. The midfielder hammered a low, one-timer to the short post.
The home team came back with a goal in the 69th with a long-range shot that beat U21 goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, but trialist Oussama Essabr restored the three-goal lead four minutes later (73rd minute) pouncing on a loose ball in the box.
Crépeau came up with two big saves in the 79th minute, first when he came out of his box to cut off a breakaway pass, and then diving to his right to save a shot off of a through ball seconds later.
All five of the Impact Academy players started for the Impact, while central defender Jeb Brovsky wore the captain’s armband for the contest.
The two teams played two 40-minutes halves.
MTL: GK – Maxime Crépeau*; D – Dennis Iapichino (Cornelio Bem** 45′), Jeb Brovsky (Nicolas Cordova** 60′), Karl W. Ouimette, Zarek Valentin; M – Zakaria Messoudi* (Lamar Neagle 69′), Bryan Arguez, Wandrille Lefevre*, Maxime Tissot*; F – Andrew Wenger (Oussama Essabr** 46′), Mircea Ilcu* (Justin Mapp 69′)
Substitute not used: Evan Bush
* Impact U21 player
** Player on tryout
MTL – Ilcu (Iapichino) 25′
MTL – Own goal 27′
MTL – Messoudi (Valentin) 55′
FIO – 69′
MTL – Essabr 73′
IMPACT FACES ACF FIORENTINA THURSDAY IN ITALY
FLORENCE, ITALY – The Montreal Impact is set to play its third and last friendly in Italy versus ACF Fiorentina, on Thursday at 1pm ET (7pm local time), at Stadio Artemio Franchi. The game will be streamed live on impactmontreal.com.
The Impact is most likely set to go with a similar lineup as the one that faced Bologna last week, in a 1-0 loss to Designated Player Marco Di Vaio’s former team.
Meanwhile, the Impact managed a 4-1 win over La Viola’s primavera side, on Tuesday, with goals by Impact U21 players Zakaria Messoudi and Mircea Ilcu, along with a marker by trialist Oussama Essabr and an own goal.
“Fiorentina is a very good club that is doing well this season,” said Impact interim head coach Mauro Biello. “We’ve had a good week of training. Following our game against Bologna, we now know what to expect and the type of reaction we need to have on the field. It’s about being sharp, compact and create scoring chances.”
Fiorentina is coming off of a 3-1 victory over AC Milan in Serie A action last weekend, on the strength of goals by Mounir El Hamdaoui, Borja Valero and Alberto Aquilani. With the win, Fiorentina now sits in 4th spot in the standings with a record of 7-2-3 and 24 points.
A young team, Fiorentina has had an impressive start to the campaign, with breakout performances by forward Stevan Jovetic (6G, 11GP), the resurgence of fellow attacker Luca Toni (3G, 9GP), along with the steady midfield play of former Italian national teamer Alberto Aquilani and the leadership of captain Manuel Pasqual on the back line.
This is the second time the two teams meet in a friendly. The first dates back to May 23, 2010 at Stade Saputo, where the two teams played to a 1-1 draw.
FOUR ACADEMY PLAYERS CALLED UP TO REPRESENT CANADA
MONTREAL, WC – Four Montreal Impact Academy players have been selected Tuesday by the Canadian Soccer Association to take part in its upcoming national youth projects.
Midfielders Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé (Impact U21), Yacine Ait-Slimane (Impact U18) and Haris Radoncic (Impact U18) will join the Canadian Men’s U18 team for an eight-day camp in California, from November 17 to 24. The team will play two international friendly matches against the United States on November 21 and 23.
Defender Aron Mkungilwa (Impact U16) will participate in a 10-day camp with Canada’s U17 team from November 15 to 26. Camp will start in Southern US with an international friendly match against the host on November 18. The Canadian team will then head to Panama to play two other international friendlies, against the Panamanian selection, on November 23 and 25.
The Canadian U17 squad is preparing for next year’s CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship which runs from April 6 to 19, in Panama City, Panama. Four CONCACAF teams will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013, in the United Arab Emirates.