Friday, November 13, 2015
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact removed Mauro Biello’s interim tag on Friday, making the club’s former player its Head Coach after he successfully led it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 Audi MLS Playoffs.
Biello took over as coach mid-season after the dismissal of Frank Klopas, and led the Impact on a strong move up the standings with a 7-2-2 run to close the regular season that saw them finish third in the Eastern Conference. Montreal then defeated Toronto FC 3-0 in the Knockout Round of the playoffs, before being eliminated 5-4 on aggregate by Columbus Crew SC.
“I’m very happy and honored to represent this club,” said Biello in a press release. “It’s great to see that the club has shown confidence in me and continues to believe in me. I’d like to thank Joey [Saputo] and the club for this opportunity and I will work as hard as possible to make this team competitive every year. I am looking forward to continue working on the success we found in the final months of the season.”
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Biello was a standout player for the Impact in the USL, and helped the club claim the league championship in 1994, 2004 and 2009 and five regular-season championships. He was also named to the USL All-League team six times, including five First Team selections. The club captain from 2001 until his retirement following 2009’s title, Biello remained part of the organization as an assistant coach until stepping into the head coach’s position on August 30.“Mauro is the perfect example of what this club represents: passion, pride, loyalty and a profound desire to succeed,” said Impact president Joey Saputo. “In a very short time and under difficult circumstances, he produced some excellent results as interim coach. We are confident that he will help bring more memorable moments to the club.”