Montreal hopes to make Impact

SUN MEDIA NEWS SERVICES

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It will be their last match of 2008, so the Montreal Impact hope to leave nothing on the field when they meet Atlante of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League.

"That's what I'll talk to the players about," coach John Limniatis said yesterday. "Its an opportunity to finish the season thinking about a win."

The Impact are in Cancun, where they face Atlante in the final match of the group stage of the club competition tonight.

Although both teams have already qualified for the quarterfinals in February, the match will determine first place in their four-team group.

The unbeaten Impact lead with 11 points and need only a draw to take top spot, while Atlante, with eight points, must win in order to tie Montreal in points. The Mexicans would then get first place based on head-to-head meetings between the two clubs. They drew 0-0 on Sept. 24 in Montreal.

POLISH ACCOUNTS FROZEN

WARSAW, Poland -- Polish authorities say they have frozen some bank accounts belonging to the country's soccer federation.

A spokeswoman for Warsaw's Tax Chamber said yesterday that the action was taken because the federation owes up to 10 million zlotys ($4.2 million Cdn.) in unpaid taxes.

Agnieszka Zukowska told TVN24 television that part, but not all, of the money owed was frozen.

The move comes three days before elections are held for a new governing board for the federation. The government has been in conflict with the federation over allegations that the FA is not doing enough to combat corruption.

MLS PLAYOFFS SET TO BEGIN

NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer opens its playoffs Thursday when the Chicago Fire visit the New England Revolution.

The first round features a home-and-home, aggregate-goal format. The Fire will host the Revolution the following Thursday.

Other matchups have Houston at New York, Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake, and Columbus at Kansas City on Saturday. The reverse match for the Dynamo and Red Bulls will be in Houston on Nov. 9. Salt Lake is at Chivas and Kansas City at Columbus on Nov. 8.


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