Another one gone: Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio announces his retirement

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Brilliant Montreal attacker Marco Di Vaio has ended the speculation on his future by announcing his retirement from professional soccer, effective at the end of this season.

The 22-year veteran made the announcement with just four more dates left on his dance card: Sunday in Chicago, Oct. 18 in Toronto and a pair of home dates with New England (Oct. 11) and DC United (Oct. 25).

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Di Vaio, 38, has scored 31 goals in three seasons with the Impact and will retire as the franchise’s leader in MLS goals and shots.

From impactmontreal.com:

“After a 20-year career, I am pleased to announce that I will be retiring in Montreal as a member of the Impact,” declared Marco Di Vaio. “I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished over two decades as a pro. It was a dream of mine to play at the highest level and I will look to make the best of my final month as a player.”

Il bomber became the club’s first ever Designated Player on May 24, 2012, joining the bleu-blanc-noir as one of the most storied goal scorers in the history of first division soccer in Italy, with 142 goals in 342 games played in Serie A, with Lazio, Bari, Salernitana, Parma, Juventus, Genoa and Bologna.

We overuse the word era a lot, but it will certainly feel that way without Di Vaio up north.