Matthew Palleschi

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Matthew Palleschi
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Palleschi in 2006
Personal information
Full name Matthew James Palleschi
Date of birth (1983-01-11) January 11, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Richmond Hill, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2002 Humber Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Frosinone Calcio 1 (0)
2003–2005 Vaughan Sun Devils/Shooters 30 (18)
2006 Toronto Lynx 23 (3)
2007–2008 Montreal Impact 26 (3)
2008 Italia Shooters 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthew Palleschi (born January 11, 1983) is a Canadian former soccer player who played in the Serie C2/B, Canadian Professional Soccer League, USL First Division, and the Canadian Soccer League.


Palleschi was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He began his soccer career at the college level with the Humber College Hawks, where he was named Team MVP and to CCAA All-Canadian Team in his rookie year in 2002.[1] In 2003, he went abroad to Italy to play in the Serie C2/B with Frosinone Calcio. He made his debut on April 27, 2003 against Acireale. After a brief stint in Italy he returned to Canada to play with Vaughan Sun Devils in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.[2] In his first season in Vaughan he featured in the CPSL Championship final, but lost 1-0 to the Brampton Hitmen.[3] In his second season, he was Vaughan's leading goal scorer with 9 goals.[4] In postseason he contributed two goals against the Metro Lions in 5-3 victory.[5] In the semi-final match against Toronto Supra he scored two goals in a 4-1 victory.[6] He reached the Championship finals for the second time with Vaughan, but this time losing 4-0 to Toronto Croatia.[7]

After trying out for the Montreal Impact he injured his shoulder forcing him to miss the majority of the 2005 CPSL season. He featured in the postseason where he recorded a hat trick in a 4-0 victory over Toronto Croatia to lead Vaughan to the Championship final for the third straight year.[8] Where they were defeated 2-1 to Oakville Blue Devils.[9]

In 2006, he was signed by the Toronto Lynx of the USL First Division.[10][11] He made his debut on April 22, 2006 against Virginia Beach Mariners in 2-0 loss.[12] He scored his first goal against the Puerto Rico Islanders on June 18, 2006 in a 2-1 defeat.[13] In the quarter-final match in the Open Canada Cup against the Hamilton Serbians he recorded the lone goal in a 1-0 victory.[14] Throughout the season he assisted in the teams record 10 game undefeated streak at home, and featured the Open Canada Cup final, but lost 2-0 against Ottawa St. Anthony Italia.[15]

After the relegation of Toronto to the PDL he signed with rivals Montreal Impact.[16] On April 21, 2007 he made his Impact debut coming on as a substitute for Mauro Biello, and as well scoring a goal.[17] In total, Palleschi played 26 games for the Impact and scored 3 goals.[18] He signed with Italia Shooters in the Canadian Soccer League and was appointed team captain.[19] He recorded his first goal of the season on May 30, 2008, against TFC Academy in 2-0 victory at home.[20] The Shooters won their second International Division title.[21] In the playoff run the Shooters advanced to the semifinals, but they were defeated by eventual champions Serbian White Eagles in the semi-final match.[22]

Personal life

Palleschi is good friends with Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Andres Arango.[16]


Vaughan/Italia Shooters

Montreal Impact


  1. ^ "Humber College". Humber College. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  2. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2003-08-18. Archived from the original on 2003-08-18. Retrieved 2016-12-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 5th, 2003 CPSL Rogers Cup Playoffs Final Vaughan Sun Devils vs Brampton Hitmen". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  4. ^ "CPSL 2004 League Leading Scorers". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  5. ^ "October 5, 2004 QuarterFinal Results (from CPSL website)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  6. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 9, 2004 CPSL Rogers Cup Semi-Final game Toronto Supra vs Vaughan Shooters (by Rocket Robin)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  7. ^ "October 11, 2004 CPSL Rogers Cup Finals Vaughan Shooters vs Toronto Croatia (from CPSL website)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  8. ^ "October 8, 2005 CPSL Championship Semi-Finals (from CPSL website)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  9. ^ "October 10, 2005 CPSL Championship Final Vaughan Shooters vs Oakville Blue Devils (from CPSL website)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  10. ^ Irwin, Rob. "April 18th, 2006 Toronto Lynx announce player signings (from Lynx media release)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  11. ^ "Welcome To the Official Toronto Lynx Web Site". 2003-12-03. Archived from the original on 2003-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ Irwin, Rob. "Setype_Document_Title_here". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  13. ^ Irwin, Rob. "June 18, 2006 USL Puerto Rico Islanders vs Toronto Lynx (from Lynx media release)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  14. ^ Glover, Robin. "August 13, 2006 CSL Open Canada Cup Hamilton Serbians vs Toronto Lynx (by Rocket Robin)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  15. ^ Glover, Robin. "September 24, 2006 Open Canada Cup final Toronto Lynx vs Ottawa St Anthony's Italia (by Rocket Robin)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  16. ^ a b "MATTHEW PALLESCHI: A promising start".
  17. ^ "Players". 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  18. ^ "Scorers". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  19. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2009-04-24. Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2016-12-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  20. ^ "June 2nd, 2008 CSL Week 3 Summary (from CSL media release)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  21. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2009-05-31. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2016-12-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  22. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2009-05-31. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2016-12-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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