Patrick Leduc Announces His Retirement

March 29, 2011 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Montreal Impact News Release

BROSSARD â€" Midfielder Patrick Leduc announced his retirement Tuesday, after an 11-year professional career, all with the Montreal Impact.

Leduc kicked off his career with the Impact in 2000 and played a total of 222 regular season matches, good for third in club history. He started 163 games for a total of 15,166 minutes, good for 5th with the Impact. In a defensive role, he tallied 10 goals and 16 assists (6th) for a total of 36 points.

"I'm hanging up the boots and I'm in peace with my decision," said Leduc. "To the whole Montreal Impact organization and its president Joey Saputo, I want to say thank you for building a platform to let me play and do what I like the most, here in Montreal, close to where I grew up. I am proud to have contributed to the two championships and the first Canadian championship. Those are my greatest memories with the Impact."

"Patrick Leduc was a model for our youth, on the field with his teammates and through all his actions off the field," said Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo. "He was loyal to this organization for more than 10 years and always gave his best to help this team succeed."

"Patrick has been around this team a long time and had a great career with the Impact," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "He was here when it was more difficult for this club and has always contributed to the development of our sport and helped it progress in Quebec."

In the playoffs, he started 15 of the 22 games he played for a total of 1,405 minutes of play, helping the Impact win two playoff championships in 2004 and 2009.

Leduc also contributed to the Nutrilite Canadian Championship in 2008, being one of the four players to play all 90 minutes of the four games of the tournament. In the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League, he injured his right foot against Real Esteli FC, on August 27, 2008. He was out of the lineup for more than a year and missed a total of 33 games.

Leduc also played more than 2,000 minutes during the 2004 season and the 2007 season. He tied a team record on June 9, 2002, when he tallied three assists in a 3-1 win versus the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

In 2010, he had the chance to face first division Italian clubs AC Milan and Fiorentina, during international friendlies.

Leduc also played three games with the Canadian national team. He notably started the first two games of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005.

After wearing the coulours of the AS Brossard and the FC Sélect Rive-Sud in the Quebec Elite Soccer League, Leduc played four years with the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University (NCAA) in New Jersey and was proclaimed the team's MVP in 1998 and 1999.

Known for his implication in the community throughout his whole career, Patrick Leduc was notably the main spokes person for the program All the Way with the Impact, which promotes the importance of persevering in school.

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