Montreal Impact forward Eduardo Sebrango will honor his late father if the Impact wins the USL-1 championship on Saturday. "I'll dedicate it to him. Definitely," Sebrango said.
"Obviously, he has meant so much to me and to our family. He is missed. I want to win this one for him."
The game has sold out the 13,034-seat Saputo Stadium. Sebrango, a 36-year-old a native of Cuba, lost his father Julio Rafael, age 65, in mid-June after a brief battle with cancer. Sebrango twice returned home this season to be with his father and missed three games. Sebrango could be key to the team's fortunes tomorrow as it seeks its third league title in franchise history and the first since 2004. He has a knack for scoring big goals in the playoffs and proved so in Game 1 last week, coming off the bench to net the winner in the final minute of the 3-2 game.
Sebrango played with the Impact from 2003 to 2005 before spending the last three seasons in Vancouver. Rejoining the Impact as a free agent during the offseason, he's poised to become the only player in league history to win five championships, having won titles with Rochester in 2001, Montreal in 2004, and with Vancouver in 2006 and 2008.