CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2010) – The Montreal Impact defeated the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec, tonight in the first leg of their USSF D-2 Pro League semifinal series. The other semifinal first leg in Bayamon, Puerto Rico ended in a 0-0 draw as Vancouver Whitecaps FC visited the Puerto Rico Islanders.
The No. 6 seed Impact scored in the latter stages of the first half against the No. 2 seed RailHawks to take a one-goal advantage into the second leg in Cary, N.C., where they have drawn once and lost once in two meetings this season at WakeMed Soccer Park. The second leg is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 17.
The No. 5 seed Whitecaps and No. 8 seed Islanders could not manage a goal after 90 minutes of play in Puerto Rico this evening and will return to Vancouver on even terms. Their only previous meeting at Swangard Stadium this season also resulted in a scoreless draw. Kickoff in Burnaby, British Columbia, is scheduled for Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET.
The playoffs consist of a two-leg, aggregate goals series in the semifinals and finals. Away goals will not be considered a tie-breaker in the aggregate goal series. If teams are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg, they will play two 15 minute overtime periods. Penalty kicks will follow overtime if the teams have not broken the deadlock.
USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule and Results
First Round, Leg 1
|Oct. 6||Montreal Impact 2, Austin Aztex 0||Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec|
|Oct. 6||NSC Minnesota Stars 0, Carolina RailHawks 0||National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.|
|Oct. 7||Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Rochester Rhinos 0||Bayamon FC Soccer Complex; Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|Oct. 7||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Portland Timbers 0||Swangard, Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia|
First Round, Leg 2
|Oct. 9||Rochester Rhinos 2, Puerto Rico Islanders 1||2-3||Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.|
|Oct. 9||Carolina RailHawks 4, NSC Minnesota Stars 0||4-0||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|Oct. 9||Austin Aztex 2, Montreal Impact 3||2-5||House Park; Austin, Texas|
|Oct. 10||Portland Timbers 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0||1-2||Merlo Field (Univ. of Portland); Portland, Ore.|
Semifinal, Leg 1
|Oct. 14||Montreal Impact 1, Carolina RailHawks 0||Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec|
|Oct. 14||Puerto Rico Islanders 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0||Bayamon FC Soccer Complex; Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
Semifinal, Leg 2
|Oct. 17||Carolina RailHawks vs. Montreal Impact||6 p.m.||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|Oct. 17||Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Puerto Rico Islanders||7 p.m.||Swangard Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia|
Final, Leg 1
Match will be played on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 23
Final, Leg 2
Match will be played on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 30