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Mariners head north to Montreal

May 14, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Virginia Beach Mariners will travel north of the border this weekend to face the Montreal Impact on Sunday at Claude-Robillard Stadium. The Mariners (1-2-1, 4 points) suffered a heartbreaking loss to Charleston, 4-3 on May 11 and Montreal (3-0-0, 9 points) remains undefeated after three matches. Montreal should be the better rested of the teams. The Impact’s last match was on May 1 against Atlanta where it came away with a 2-0 win.

The Matchup

Virginia Beach

The Mariners continue to be led by forward Dante Washington and midfielder Jakob Fenger. Washington is ranked 9th in the League in points with four in three games and Fenger follows in 10th place with four points in four games. Washington is also ranked 4th in goals with 2; Fenger is ranked 6th in assists with 2. Pato Aguilera ranks 5th in the League in shots followed by Fenger in 6th place with 10. Midfielder Jeff Bilyk ranks second in the League in fouls with 16.


Montreal will open its home schedule against the Mariners on Sunday. Victories over Puerto Rico, 2-0, Charleston, 1-0, and Atlanta, 2-0 leave Montreal ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 9 points in three games and unscored upon in 2004.

The Impact is led by goalkeeper Greg Sutton who leads the League in shutouts with three. He is unranked in GAA since he hasnÂ’t played the minimum of 300 minutes. The team is also led by Patrick Leduc who ranks 15th in the League with three points in three games, followed by Eduardo Sebrango-Rodriguez who also has three points in three games.


The Mariners recently signed defender Mike Kirmse from the Syracuse Salty Dogs. He made his debut for Virginia Beach in the 82nd minute in Charleston on Tuesday night. The Flushing, N.Y. native is 31 years of age, 5-9 and weighs 170. He has won three A-League championships with Rochester and has played in Germany for FSV Salmrohr. He is well-known around the League for his flip throws.

Forward Dante Washington sat out Tuesday nightÂ’s match with Charleston due to a groin pull. It is expected that he will be fit for SundayÂ’s match. Midfielder Daniel Alvarez was injured in Tuesday nightÂ’s match, suffering from a hamstring pull. He should also be fit for Sunday.

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