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CF Montreal assistant coach Jason Di Tullio dies at 38

Aug 27, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; General view of the pitch before the game between the Toronto FC and CF Montreal at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

CF Montreal assistant coach Jason Di Tullio died Thursday night following a battle with cancer. He was 38.

“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our colleague, teammate, and friend, who left us far too soon. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” said team president and CEO Gabriel Gervais. “Jason was a great player and a great man. His energy was ever-present until his final moments. He himself symbolically compared his battle to a soccer game. Jason was extremely brave and fought until the end. He will forever be remembered in our minds and the memory of the Club as an iconic player and mentor.”

The team will pay tribute to Di Tullio at Saturday’s match against New York City FC at Stade Saputo.

A Montreal native, Di Tullio began his pro playing career with the then-Montreal Impact at age 18. From 2002-07, the defender appeared in 81 games (60 starts) and collected one goal and four assists.

He served as an assistant coach with the MLS club from 2015-17 and resumed that role in 2021. Di Tullio also spent time as head coach of the Montreal Impact Academy’s U17 team (2019) and U23 team (2020-21).

–Field Level Media