- Tallied Five Goals and Set Two Franchise Records in the Month of August
CHICAGO (Sept. 3, 2010) – U.S. Soccer announced today that Montreal Impact forward Ali Gerba was voted the USSF Division-2 Professional League August Player of the Month. Gerba scored five goals over the course of the month, including two game-winning goals and the first hat trick in regular season franchise history , as well as the quickest goal in franchise history.
The Quebec native scored his hat trick during a 5-0 win against Crystal Palace Baltimore, on Aug. 21 in Maryland. The following game, on Aug. 27 at home, he scored both goals in a 2-0 win against the Rochester Rhinos, also recording the quickest goal ever scored in club history by scoring just 18 seconds after kick off.
Montreal holds an 8-10-7 record after 25 games and sits in seventh spot overall, currently holding a berth in the D-2 Pro League Playoffs. Their next match is Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the road against the Puerto Rico Islanders at 8:05 p.m. ET.
The USSF D-2 Pro League Player of the Month is selected by a panel of journalists comprised of members of print, television, radio and online media hailing from each of the 12 USSF D-2 Pro League clubs’ local markets.
About the USSF D-2 Pro League
The United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League is the second division professional soccer league in the United States. In 2010, the United States Soccer Federation formed an agreement between United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL), under which the USSF would operate the league in the 2010 season and work alongside the USL and NASL on day-to-day activities.
The league consists of two conferences of six teams named the USL Conference and the NASL Conference. The USL Conference includes the Austin Aztex, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL Conference is made up of Crystal Palace Baltimore, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Each of the 12 teams will play 30 regular season games for a total of 180 games. The season will run from the second week of April until early October, with the playoffs to be contested during the following weeks.
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