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Mauro Biello (born August 8, 1972 in Montreal, Quebecmarker) is a retired Canadianmarker soccer player.

He spent the majority of his soccer career in the Canadian and American lower division, playing for teams such as Montreal Supra and the Rochester Raging Rhinos; he spent a total of 16 seasons with Montreal Impact, for whom he is the all-time statistical leader in goals and appearances, with over 80 goals and over 300 games for the team.

Biello also played several seasons of professional indoor soccer, and was capped four times by the Canada men's national soccer team, prior to his retirement.

Biello announced his retirement from competitive soccer on November 19, 2009.

Career

Youth and College

Biello attended St. Monica's Elementary School and Marymount Academy, and played college soccer at Vanier Collegemarker and Concordia Universitymarker.

Professional

Biello began his professional soccer career in 1992 when he was drafted by the Montreal Supra. A year later, the team folded and Biello signed with the newly formed expansion team, the Montreal Impact of the American Professional Soccer League. Biello helped the Impact capture the League Championship for the first time in 1994, but Biello played a small part in capturing the Championship. In 1997, Biello helped the Impact win the regular-season title by scoring 8 goals and recording 10 assists. He was awarded the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy as the Impact's Team MVP. In addition to playing for Montreal during the outdoor season, Biello also spent two seasons, 1995-1997, with the Buffalo Blizzard in the National Professional Soccer League. In 1997, the Impact entered the NPSL. Consequently, Biello played both indoor and outdoor seasons with Montreal.

During the 1998 outdoor season, Biello played a major part for the Impact, scoring 11 goals and amassing 35 points (a team record which stood until the 2002 season, when Eduardo Sebrango came up with 18 goals and 36 points). At the end of the season he was awarded the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy for the second straight year.

In 1999, Biello left the Impact because the new ownership decided not to play the 1999 outdoor season in order to better prepare the 1999-2000 indoor season, which left him to sign with rivals the Rochester Raging Rhinos. With Rochester, Biello enjoyed much success; he was Rochester’s leading scorer with eight goals and four assists. He also helped the Rhinos win the U.S. Open Cup for the very first time and helped reach the championship game, which Rochester lost to the Minnesota Thunder.

In 2000, Biello returned to the Impact, but the Impact didn't qualify for the playoffs that season. As the Impact was no longer playing indoor soccer, Biello spent the winter of 2000-01 with the Toronto Thunderhawks in the NPSL. In 2001, Impact coach Valerio Gazzola chose Biello to be the captain of the Montreal Impact. That year, the Impact had a struggling season both on and off the field. The team missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Biello lead the team in scoring with 8 goals and again was awarded the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy.

In 2004, Biello led the Impact to win the club's second league championship, beating the Seattle Sounders. That same year, he helped the Impact win the Voyageurs Cup for the third straight year.

In 2005, he helped the Impact play a 15 game streak without a loss (10-0-5), setting a new league record. He was the Impact's leading scorer in 2005, following a production of nine goals and three assists for a total of 21 points. Biello also was a finalist for League MVP honors, losing to Jason Jordan, and for the fourth time in his career he was awarded the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy. Mauro also helped the Impact capture the Voyageurs Cup for a fourth straight year. On December 7, 2005 Biello signed a 2 year deal with the Impact.

On July 13, 2007 he played his 300th career game with the Impact against the Carolina RailHawks, making him the first Impact player to reach that milestone as well as the first player in USL history to play 300 games with the same team.

On January 5. 2009 the Montreal Impact announced that Biello and veteran midfielder Patrick Leduc had both accepted contract extensions for the 2009 season. During the 2009 USL season Biello contributed by helping the Impact clinch a playoff spot under new head coach Marc Dos Santos. He helped the Impact reach the finals where Montreal would face the Vancouver Whitecaps, this marking the first time in USL history where the final match would consist of two Canadian clubs. In the final Biello helped the Impact win the series 6-3 on aggregate. The victory gave the Impact their third USL Championship and also the victory marked Biello's third USL Championship. Once the season came to a conclusion Biello announced his retirement from competitive soccer on November 19, 2009.

International

Biello played in two of Canada's three games at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship in Scotlandmarker.

He made his senior debut for the Canadian national team in May 28, 1995 in a match against Chile. He eaned a total of 4 caps, scoring no goals. His final international was a January 2000 friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago.

Honors

Montreal Impact



Rochester Raging Rhinos



Career

Team Season League Domestic
League
Domestic
Playoffs
Domestic
Cup1
Concacaf
Competition2
Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Montreal Impact 1993 APSL 5 0 1 - - - - - - - - - 5 0 1
1994 APSL 13 2 0 4 0 0 - - - - - - 17 2 0
1995 A-League 17 5 1 3 0 0 - - - - - - 20 5 1
1996 A-League 22 6 3 3 2 1 - - - - - - 25 8 4
1997 A-League 25 8 10 5 2 0 - - - - - - 30 10 10
1998 A-League 27 11 13 - - - - - - - - - 27 11 13
Rochester Rhinos 1999 A-League 28 8 4 7 3 1 5 2 0 - - - 40 13 5
Montreal Impact 2000 A-League 28 5 8 - - - - - - - - - 28 5 8
2001 A-League 25 8 4 - - - - - - - - - 25 8 4
2002 A-League 25 3 7 4 0 0 - - - - - - 29 3 7
2003 A-League 28 7 6 2 0 0 - - - - - - 30 7 6
2004 A-League 22 1 4 5 1 0 - - - - - - 27 2 4
2005 USL-1 28 9 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 30 9 3
2006 USL-1 28 3 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 30 3 3
2007 USL-1 15 1 2 2 0 0 - - - - - - 17 1 2
2008 USL-1 17 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 26 1 1
2009 USL-1 19 2 0 4 0 0 - - - - - - 23 2 0
Career Total - 372 80 69 47 8 3 6 2 0 4 0 0 429 90 72


Last Update: October 17, 2009

1) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (American Based Clubs) - Nutrilite Canadian Cup (Canadian Based Clubs)

2) Concacaf Champions League

References

  1. Biello retires after 16 seasons with USL’s Impact
  2. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1997-1998
  3. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICAL STATISTICS -- 2000-2001
  4. Biello back for 16th campaign
  5. Biello retires after 16 seasons with USL’s Impact
  6. Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA


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