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Hockey star scores in new soccer stadium

Montreal's new soccer stadium was the site of an all-star soccer game Sunday that featured goals by one of the top players in the National Hockey League.

Canadiens winger plays in celebrity soccer match

Montreal's new soccer stadium was the site of an all-star soccer game Sunday that featured goals by one of the top players in the National Hockey League.

Alexei Kovalev, right winger for the Montreal Canadiens, demonstrated his moonwalk after scoring two goals.

Kovalev said he plays soccer three months of the year when he's not playing hockey.

He said he is looking forward to watching Montreal's new soccer team, the Impact, play this summer.

"I love it a lot. The grass is great. The stadium itself is really good. So it's more exciting. It's more open, you know, more enjoyable to play here," Kovalev said.

The Impact's new rectangular stadium holds 13,000 fans, and tickets were selling quickly as the team got ready for its inaugural game in the stadium Monday. The Impact will be taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the United Soccer League First Division.

The Impact's owners are trying to get a franchise in Major League Soccer.