Former Impact captain and head coach Mauro Biello will be inducted into the CF Montreal "Wall of Fame" during the July 16 game against Toronto FC at Saputo Stadium, the organization announced Wednesday after- midday.
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Biello will be the subject of a ceremony at half-time of the match and will thus become the fourth man in history to be entitled to such a distinction. As part of the club's 25th anniversary, defenders Nevio Pizzolitto and Gabriel Gervais were inducted on March 17, 2018, while goalkeeper Greg Sutton in turn received this honor on July 6, 2019. The individuals chosen are above all for their achievements in the field and selected according to a few specific criteria. In particular, they must have played at least 100 matches – the first of them must go back at least fifteen years – and not be linked to the team for five years.
A former midfielder, Biello played in Montreal from 1993 to 2009, leading his team to three series championships, in particular. Four-time winner of the Giuseppe-Saputo trophy, awarded to the Impact's MVP, he amassed 77 goals and 67 assists in 389 games and 28,076 minutes of play. He leads the club in several categories, including games played and started, total minutes, goals and assists.
After his playing career, he took on several roles, including that of Impact driver from 2015 to 2017. In February 2018, he joined head coach John Herdman's technical staff as assistant coach. of the Canadian men's team. As part of his work with Canada Soccer, he is also the driver for the under-20 selection.