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      Nevio Pizzolitto retires from pro soccer

      Mar. 28, 2012

      Defender Nevio Pizzolitto announced his retirement from professional soccer today following a 16-year career with the Montreal Impact.

      “I am grateful to the club for all that they have done for me over the years,” explained Pizzolitto at today’s press conference.

      “I would like to thank Joey and the Saputo family for all that they have done for this sport in this province and for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream, “ he continued.

      Captain of the team for the past two seasons, Pizzolitto played 291 regular season games, and made 11 goals and 6 assists over 23,030 minutes of play. He was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Impact in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Over his career, he won three playoff championships (1995, 2004 and 2009), five regular season titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 2005 and 2006) and one Canadian Nutrilite Championship in 2008.

      At the international level, Pizzolitto played 8 games for the Canadian National Team, most notably in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003 and one qualifier for the World Cup in 2004.

      Born and raised in Montreal, Pizzolitto joined the Montreal Impact in 1994, after playing with Sporting-Patriotes of the Quebec Elite Soccer League.

      Although he had been invited to spring training with the Montreal Impact in January, he was not invited to be part of the Impact roster for its inaugural MLS season.

      Pizzolitto has decided to stay on with his family business rather than accept a full-time job offer from the Montreal Impact, the details of which were not revealed. He has also accepted a part-time role as technical director with the Monteuil soccer club in Laval.

      He was a favorite with fans and media alike, and he will be missed.

      Auguri Nevio!

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