Marymount inagurates Mauro Biello Field as coach's career hangs in the balance
Montreal Impact head coach Mauro Biello is having a soccer field named after him.
The Mauro Biello Field is at his former high school Marymount Academy in NDG, where he got his start playing soccer in the late 1980s before playing professionally from 1991 to 2009.
"It began for me in this very school where I used to play soccer every single chance I had," said Biello.
The honour, however, comes on the same day as a report from TSN’s Rick Moffatt that this will be his last season as the Impact's head coach.
Moffat reports to TSN that Biello and his staff will be offered different roles with the club.
Speaking to media at the event at Marymount Tuesday, Biello wouldn’t comment directly on his job security and said he is still focused on the end of the season.
The MLS team is on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention; they currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and five points off from the New York Red Bulls for the final playoff spot.
With only two games left in the season, the Impact may miss the playoffs for the first time in three years.
"Obviously the team is going through a difficult moment. Right now it's about controlling what you can control and having a strong finish," said Biello.
Shirking the question of his professional future, Biello spoke instead about the honour of having a field named after him.
Biello said he wished he had a soccer field like the one at Marymount now when he was a student there, because at the time, it was made of concrete.
“My mom goes, ‘Oh, do you know how many times I had to stitch up your knees of your school pants because you would scrape them playing soccer? It’s about time they put a real field in there,’” he joked.
Students were impressed that a professional soccer player, and the head coach of a professional soccer team, came from the same school they attend.
"It kind of gives me hope that I can do that one day," said one student.
"Back in Brazil I would never have the chance to meet a professional player that has actually become the coach of a professional team. I just can't believe it's happening," said another.
Biello played for the Montreal Impact when they were in the second division of the MLS and he was the team's all-time leader in goals and appearances.
He joined the coaching staff in 2009, and was named head coach in 2015.