lunes, 23 de octubre de 2017

En fotos: La despedida del capitán Patrice Bernier

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MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England RevolutionMontreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) celebrates his penalty kick goal during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

Poco importa el resultado. Poco importa que el Impact de Montreal una vez más haya encajado una derrota en el último segundo, ahora ante el New England Revolution. Ayer era el día de Patrice Bernier.

El capitán del Impact jugó su último partido como futbolista profesional, dejando una carrera de casi dos décadas en la que fue a Europa y volvió a casa, para pasar los últimos cinco años frente a su gente, en su ciudad.

Y los montrealeses no defraudaron a la hora de demostrarle amor a Bernier. Desde el primer minuto en el que salió a calentar, el capitán fue ovacionado por fanáticos, compañeros e incluso por sus rivales, mientras sus padres, su esposa y sus hijas lo veían desde un lado de la cancha.

El guión no pudo salir mejor. Montreal iba abajo 1-0 y un penal dio la despedida perfecta para el número 8. Desde los 12 pasos lanzó un último grito a las gradas, su grito de gol más sentido.

New England se había vuelto a poner al frente 2-1, pero un gol de Matteo Mancosu dejó no sólo el empate, sino el viento a favor del Impact.

Sin embargo, la constante de toda la temporada volvió a quedar demostrada. En el último segundo, cuando Bernier ya había sido cambiado para una última ovación, el Revolution marcó el 3-2 definitivo, que poco hizo por bajar la moral de los hinchas, quienes no habían ido a ver una posible victoria. Habían ido a despedir a uno de los jugadores más respetados en toda la liga.

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) singing the anthem during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) warming up before the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau (40) warming up before the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier daugthers during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Jean Bernier, father of Patrice Bernier, during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) wearing the captain’s armband during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

A fan holding a sign during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier and his family during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) and New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell (2) running for the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim Dzemaili (31) during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) controls the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) controls the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim Dzemaili (31) clashes with a New England defender during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

The Ultras during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

A fan holding an “8” sign during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel (24) controls the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Andrés Romero (15) reaches for the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) passes the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) takes a shot during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Andrés Romero (15) after clashing with a rival player during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) and New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell (6) fight for the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) celebrates his penalty kick goal during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) looks up at the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) takes a shot during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) shoots during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

The 1642 fans holding signs for Montreal’s Patrice Bernier during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel (24) and New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton (18) go after the ball during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

The 1642 fans holding signs for Montreal’s Patrice Bernier during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

The Ultras during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel (24) takes a volley shot during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (13) faces New England Revolution defender Chris Tierney (8) during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact forward Matteo Mancosu (21) celebrates his goal during the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) waves at the crowd after the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

MLS 2017 - Impact de Montreal v New England Revolution

Teammates celebrating with Montreal Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier (8) after the MLS regular season match between the Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution, on October 22, 2017, at Stade Saputo, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo: Pablo A. Ortiz / NM Noticias)

Pablo A. Ortiz
pablo@noticiasmontreal.com

Fotógrafo, periodista y uno de los fundadores de NM Noticias. Venezolano-canadiense con experiencia como periodista deportivo especializado en fútbol. Viven en Montreal desde hace varios años con s...

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