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Lynx Are In
Win over Pro-40 opens playoff door.
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TORONTO - The Toronto Lynx clinched third place in the Northeast Division and a spot in the A-League playoffs with a 2-1 win Wednesday night over the U.S. Pro-40 select team.

All of the action in last night's game took place in the first half when players Marco Reda of the Lynx and Francisco Gomez of U.S. Pro-40 were ejected at the 34th. minute following an altercation and several earlier skirmishes. Juan Arango had earlier opened the scoring after 29 minutes, his ninth of the season from a pass by Lyndon Hooper. Nikola Vignjevic added a second after 40 minutes, scoring from the penalty spot and U.S. Pro-40 midfielder Mario Longo cut the lead right on half-time.

Nicole Hartrell, chief operating officer of the Toronto Lynx was visibly elated following last night's win.

"I'm thrilled with this win and that the team has a chance to experience the playoffs-we are having a great season and I'm very pleased for the grassroots fans that loyally come out to support professional soccer in our great city. We are well on our way to building the best soccer franchise in North America and we look forward to 2001," she explained.

The Lynx win last night was the team's 12th. of the 2000 campaign to match last year's all season performance-with two games still to go. The game tomorrow against the Rough Riders is the last home game in the regular
season and the finale is at Atlanta on Monday when the Lynx make a rare visit to the Deep South for a game with the Silverbacks.

It's the annual Player Awards and Fan Appreciation Night Friday when the fans have the opportunity to see first hand the presentation in the five player categories as voted by our fans and media representatives.

Newly appointed coach of the Toronto Argonauts, Mike 'Pinball' Clemons, will help the Lynx celebrate their entry into the A-League Championship playoffs performing the ceremonial kickoff and presenting a player award in this his first public appearance as head coach of the Argonauts.

The game is an important one for Long Island who are in a dog fight with U.S. champions Rochester for the Northeast Division title. Game time is 7.30 p.m. Thursday.

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