Simon Gatti

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Simon Gatti
Personal information
Full name Simon Gatti
Date of birth (1981-02-16) February 16, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Welland, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1999 Sochaux
2000 Racing Club de Paris
2002–2006 Rhode Island Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 St. Catharines Wolves
2004–2005 Rhode Island Stingrays 19 (2)
2006–2011 Montreal Impact 122 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 03, 2015.

Simon Gatti (born February 16, 1981) is a Canadian former soccer player and current head coach for the Montreal Impact Academy's U-14 team.

He initially began his career in his home region of Niagara with St. Catharines Wolves in the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He made the transition to college soccer by enrolling at the University of Rhode Island, and during the off season he played in the Premier Development League with Rhode Island Stingrays. In 2006, he was drafted by the Montreal Impact of the USL First Division, where during his six seasons with the organization he won a league championship, and a Canadian Championship.

Career[edit]

College and Amateur[edit]

Gatti, born in Welland, Ontario, is a dual Canadian-French citizen. He was a trialist for Sochaux's U-17 youth team in 1999, and played for French club Racing Club de Paris' youth team in 2000, before returning to North America to attend college. Gatti also won the Ontario Cup twice with the Thorold Cobras in 1998 and 1999 and placed second at the national championships with the Cobras in 1999.

Gatti played college soccer with University of Rhode Island from 2002 to 2005, leading the team as co-captain from 2003 to 2005 while majoring in kinesiology. In total he played 85 games, tallied 10 goals, eight assists and 28 points. As a freshman, the midfielder was chosen for the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team. He was proclaimed team MVP in 2005 and selected to the First Team All-Conference, and First Team All New England, helping the Rams win the Atlantic 10 Division Championship again (2002, 2005). As a sophomore, he was a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference and Third Team All-New England.

During the summers of 2004 and 2005, he also played in the USL Premier Development League with the Rhode Island Stingrays, playing 19 games, scoring two goals and picking up one assist. He had a brief stint with the St. Catharines Wolves of the Canadian Professional Soccer League in 2002, but wasn't allowed to re-sign with the club for the 2003 season due to risking his scholarship.[1]

Professional[edit]

Gatti joined the Montreal Impact as their first pick during the 2006 USL First Division college draft, chosen 12th overall.[2] He played his first game with the Impact on May 21, coming onto the field for Antonio Ribeiro at the 82nd minute of play. He earned his first start against the Toronto Lynx on September 8. That year, he helped Montreal win the regular-season title as well as the Voyageurs Cup.

During his second season with the Impact, he was one of 13 players in the USL to play all 28 games. His versatility and steadfastness was in evidence as the longtime midfielder played right fullback in 22 out of 28 games, helping the Impact to register the second-best defense in 2007, with 14 shutouts and only 21 goals in 28 games. He quickly surpassed his 2006 minutes played (157 minutes), playing a total of 2,046 minutes. His first career point came on June 29, with an assist to Antonio Ribeiro's game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Puerto Rico Islanders. He was named to the USL D1 Team of the Week for week 14 and received the Unsung Hero Award/Quatrième étoile de l’Impact at the end of the season.

In his third season, he exceeded his previous record by playing 2,068 minutes, the second highest on the team. He started 24 of 27 games played, and helped the Impact advance in the CONCACAF Champions League with 8 games played (7 game starts). During his fourth season (2009), Gatti started 18 of 21 games played, racking up 1,463 minutes, and helping the Impact to win the USL Championship. During his fifth season, Gatti was sidelined with a hernia and started 11 of 18 games played.

Gatti's sixth and final season with the Montreal Impact (2011) was his finest. He led the team both with 22 game starts in 23 games, and with 1,953 minutes. He reached his 100th career game start and received the Unsung Hero Award/Quatrième étoile de l’Impact for the second time in his career. His final statistics with the Montreal Impact include 122 games played, 100 game starts and 8,656 minutes played.

Gatti announced his retirement in February 2012 and was subsequently hired by the Montreal Impact Academy to coach the U-14 team as part of the Montreal Impact Sport-Études program.[3]

Honors[edit]

Montreal Impact[edit]

Career stats[edit]

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
Rhode Island Stingrays 2004 PDL 13 2 0 - - - - - - - - - 14 2 0
2005 PDL 6 0 1 - - - - - - - - - 6 0 1
Montreal Impact 2006 USL-1 5 0 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 6 0 0
2007 USL-1 28 0 1 2 0 0 - - - - - - 28 0 1
2008 USL-1 27 0 1 4 0 0 4 0 0 8 0 0 39 0 1
2009 USL-1 21 1 1 2 0 0 4 0 0 - - - 27 1 1
2010 USL-1 18 1 1 - - - 1 0 0 - - - 19 1 1
2011 NASL 22 0 1 - - - - - - - - - 22 0 1
Total PDL 19 2 1 - - - - - - - - - 19 2 1
Total USSF D2 122 2 5 9 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 0 148 2 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wallace, Jim (May 24, 2003). "Gatti takes pass on Wolves". Rocket Robin's Home Page. St Catherines Standard. 
  2. ^ "Players". 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2012/02/simon-gatti-announces-retirement-and-joins-academy

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