Patrice Bernier

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Patrice Bernier
Patrice Bernier penalty 2013-09-08 (cropped).jpg
Bernier taking a penalty for the Montreal Impact in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth(1979-09-23) September 23, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birthBrossard, Quebec, Canada
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubMontreal Impact
Number8
Youth career
1998–1999Syracuse Orange
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2000–2002Montreal Impact73(5)
2003–2004Moss FK40(1)
2004–2007Tromsø68(4)
2007–20081. FC Kaiserslautern15(1)
2008–2011FC Nordsjælland76(3)
2011Lyngby BK12(2)
2012–Montreal Impact62(13)
National team
1994–1995Canada U179(1)
1998Canada U203(1)
1999–2001Canada U2313(0)
2004–Canada49(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 9, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 11, 2012
 
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Patrice Bernier
Patrice Bernier penalty 2013-09-08 (cropped).jpg
Bernier taking a penalty for the Montreal Impact in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth(1979-09-23) September 23, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birthBrossard, Quebec, Canada
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubMontreal Impact
Number8
Youth career
1998–1999Syracuse Orange
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2000–2002Montreal Impact73(5)
2003–2004Moss FK40(1)
2004–2007Tromsø68(4)
2007–20081. FC Kaiserslautern15(1)
2008–2011FC Nordsjælland76(3)
2011Lyngby BK12(2)
2012–Montreal Impact62(13)
National team
1994–1995Canada U179(1)
1998Canada U203(1)
1999–2001Canada U2313(0)
2004–Canada49(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 9, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 11, 2012

Patrice ("Bernie") Bernier (born September 23, 1979) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays in Major League Soccer for Montreal Impact.

Club career[edit]

Bernier played for the original Montreal Impact in the A-league in Canada. For two seasons he played college soccer in the United States, for Syracuse University, in New York.[1] He has some background in hockey, but he was told he was too short to reach the top level.[citation needed]

He joined Norwegian side Moss F.K. to play alongside compatriot Rob Friend at the start of the 2003 season.

Tromsø[edit]

Bernier signed for Tromsø in the summer of 2004. He was picked up from the Norwegian 1st division team Moss F.K. for somewhat less than 500,000 NOK (approx. 63,000 or $75,000 USD). As an almost complete midfielder, he is very aggressive, has good technique, a fine passing foot, heavy shot and an amazing running capacity. He has delivered the best stamina test result in the history of Tromsø, surpassing even former Tromsø player Morten Gamst Pedersen.[citation needed] After performing an amazing autumn season and a fine spring for Tromsø, they refused an offer of 10 million NOK (approx. €1.3 million) for him from the Tursish club Beşiktaş.

Bernier started the 2007 season as one of the Tippeliga's best players, scoring two fantastic goals against Norway's best football club the last 20 years, Rosenborg BK. Although Rosenborg went on to win the game with an injury time goal by Alexander Tettey, Bernier was awarded the "Man of the Match"-prize. Tromsø immediately offered Bernier a new contract. However, he rejected as he wanted to leave Norway for a better league. Tromsø then put forth an even better deal, but Bernier was determined to leave Tippeligaen.

Kaiserslautern[edit]

On May 28, 2007, Bernier left Tromsø for the German 2. Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where former Vålerenga I.F. Fotball Kjetil Rekdal was the trainer.

Nordsjælland[edit]

On June 25, 2008, he signed a contract with Danish club FC Nordsjælland. On August 14, 2008, he scored the winning goal in the first leg of a UEFA Cup second qualifying round match versus Scottish club, Queen of the South of Dumfries.[2] Bernier scored the winning goal and his first goal of the 2010 season on November 14 in a 2–1 home win over Lyngby. He ended his season early in May against Copenhagen, following an early substitution it was revealed that he suffered a fracture in his fibula.[3] He played over 90 games in all competitions combined with FC Nordsjaelland, from the summer of 2008 until the summer of 2011, winning the Danish Cup in 2010 and 2011. He was voted Player of the Year in 2010 by the supporters of FC Nordsjaelland.[4]

Lyngby Boldklub[edit]

On August 24, 2011, Bernier signed a one-year contract with Lyngby Boldklub. He made his debut against his former club, in a 4–0 loss to FCN. On October 16, Bernier scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 loss to Silkeborg IF.[5]

Montreal Impact[edit]

On December 19, 2011, Bernier signed a contract to join Montreal Impact upon their enter Major League Soccer in 2012. [6] He remained under contract with Lyngby Boldklub while they finished their season. However, he had an out clause that allowed him to leave without a transfer fee to the Impact.[7] Bernier scored his first goal for Montreal in a 2-0 away victory against Sporting Kansas City on May 5, 2012.[8] He was named MLS Player of the Week for Week 13-15 in the 2012 MLS. He was also named MLS Player of the Month for the month of August 2012.

International career[edit]

Bernier played at the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Ecuador, alongside Brad Parker. They are the only ones of that squad to make it to the senior team.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a November 2003 friendly match against the Czech Republic. By December 2009, he earned a total of 43 caps, scoring two goals.[9] He has so far represented Canada in nine FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1June 30, 2009Oxnard College, Oxnard, US Guatemala2–03–0Friendly
2July 10, 2009FIU Stadium, Miami, US Costa Rica1–12–22009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Nordsjælland
Montreal Impact

Personal[edit]

Bernier was born in Brossard, Quebec, to Haitian parents.[11]

Bernier played junior ice hockey for the Val-d'Or Foreurs and the Sherbrooke Faucons of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for two seasons, gathering 17 goals and 73 points in 143 games.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patrice Bernier (1998-1999)". SUAthletics. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Club History". Queen of the South. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ Delia-Lavictoire, Yvan (May 19, 2011). "Patrice Bernier out of Gold Cup". Canadiansoccernews.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Patrice Bernier". Montreal Impact. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Ian (October 16, 2011). "Across the Pond - October 16, 2011". rednationonline.ca. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Quebec native Patrice Bernier returns to Montreal". Montreal Impact. December 19, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ Stein, Amanda (December 19, 2011). "Bernier still under contract with Denmark club but has an out-clause which allows Impact to sign him w/out transfer fees". twitter.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lee Rigg, Zac (May 5, 2012). "Sporting Kansas City 0-2 Montreal Impact: Expansion side surprises hosts". Goal.com. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (February 29, 2012). "Canada - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Patrice BernierFIFA competition record
  11. ^ "Patrice Bernier : D'Haïti en Afrique du Sud" (in French). CBC. January 20, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Patrice Bernier hockey statistics and profile at". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 

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