April 17, 2010 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Montreal Impact
ANTIGUA - A goal from forward Reda Agourram in the first half allowed the Montreal Impact to shut out Barracuda FC 1-0, Saturday, at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, in Antigua, in the first of a home-and-away friendly series between both clubs.
Agourram scored the game-winning goal in the 26th minute after accepting a pass from midfielder Philippe Billy. Agourram beat the Barracuda goalkeeper with a low shot to the far post inside the 18-yard box.
"We played an excellent match on the road. I am especially proud of the players\' attitude today, who worked for the victory," declared Impact head coach Marc Dos Santos. "The grass was wet and slippery due to the rainfall prior to the matchup, but we played an impeccable game and were very disciplined."
"The atmosphere was charged and it was noisy, like during Champions League matches," noted Dos Santos. "It was important mentally to come back to Montreal with a win after losing in Austin. We will now be able to practice in peace for our Portland match next Sunday."
Impact forward Peter Byers, an Antigua native, was named team captain for this match. The club\'s 2009 MVP David Testo took part in his first match in 2010, while goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic, who was in front of the net this evening, registered the clean sheet.
Two players from the Impact Academy made the trip to Antigua: midfielder Kevin Cossette (20 years old) and forward Mircea Ilcu (19 years old). Ilcu played during stoppage time in the second half.
The Impact\'s starting eleven was composed of goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic, defenders Stephen deRoux, Stefano Pesoli, Hicham Aaboubou and Adam Braz, midfielders Tony Donatelli, David Testo, Philippe Billy and Filipe Soares, as well as forwards Peter Byers and Reda Agourram.
Created in 2008, Barracuda FC is a professional club that is evolving in the Antigua and Barbuda first division championship. The team is mainly made up of players from the Antigua and Barbuda National Team, currently ranked 12th in the CONCACAF. Barracuda FC is also running to join the NASL in 2011.
The return leg of this home-and-away friendly series will be played Saturday, September 4, at Saputo Stadium.
The Impact will be back in Montreal Sunday evening to finalize its preparation for its 17th home opener against the Portland Timbers, Saturday, April 25 (2 pm, Radio-Canada, radio-canada.ca/sports, CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990), at Saputo Stadium.
Tickets for the home opener are currently on sale through Admission (514-790-1245 / 1-800-361-4595/ admission.com), as well as at the Saputo Stadium ticketing office. 2010 season tickets and mini-season tickets for five or ten matches are also available. For further information, dial 514-328-3668 or visit impactmontreal.com.