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Montreal Impact’s Greatest-ever MLS-player - Round of 16, Day 2...

It’s the battle of the midfield men as Patrice Bernier takes on Blerim Dzemaili, while master-marksman Marco Di Vaio faces wing-wizard Justin Mapp in the other match-up.

MLS: New England Revolution at Montreal Impact
Dzemaili and Bernier ‘high five’ during each man’s last career appearance for Montreal Impact. They come face to face this evening in the round of 16 in the quest to discover IMFC’s Greatest-ever MLS-player...
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‘El Capi’ returns to centre stage this evening in R16 Match-up #3.

Bernier faces former team-mate, Swiss international, Blerim Dzemaili. Dzemaili polled lowest but one of all group runners-up, with 12%, after going up against Marco Di Vaio. Di Vaio is likely to be favourite heading into the evening’s second R16 match-up against Justin Mapp.

Former captain Bernier had the 3rd highest percentage poll numbers in the first stage and will be fancied to prevail over the Swiss with the support of his adoring Montreal public.

The winner will face either Bojan Krkic or Davy Arnaud in the quarter-final.

Montreal Impact v Toronto FC
Marco Di Vaio, takes on Reggie Lambe of TFC. Marco faces Justin Mapp in the R16, poll opens at 2000 hrs this evening.
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Marco Di Vaio was second only to Piatti in the group stages, in attracting 74% of the vote in his Group F quadrangular, which of course also included Dzemaili.

Despite having the misfortune to be drawn in Group C with Bernier, Justin Mapp still polled a respectable 21%.

Di Vaio will again be fancied to win this particular head to head, but expect respectable support for American international, Mapp. The winner of this tie will meet either Jukka Raitala or Ignacio Piatti in the quarter-final.

Seattle Sounders v Montreal Impact
Justin Mapp celebrates a goal against Seattle Sounders in 2012. He faces former team-mate Marco Di Vaio this evening in the R16 to find Montreal Impact’s Greatest-ever MLS-player.
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Poll

Round of 16, Match #3

This poll is closed

  • 83%
    Patrice Bernier
    (45 votes)
  • 16%
    Blerim Dzemaili
    (9 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Round of 16, Match #6

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Marco Di Vaio
    (45 votes)
  • 11%
    Justin Mapp
    (6 votes)
51 votes total Vote Now