This Wednesday, the Montreal Impact will attempt to become the first ever Canadian winner of the CONCACAF Champion’s League, as well as the first ever team from Major League Soccer to do so. However, the Liga MX powerhouse Club America, five-time winner of this tournament, stands between the Impact and one of the most coveted tournament trophies this side of the Atlantic.
Last week, Montreal travelled to Mexico City and played America to a 1-1 draw in the legendary Estadio Azteca for the first leg of the championship “Home and Home” series. It’s been an unlikely run for the newest of MLS’s Canadian outfits. The North and Central American tournament stretches across two of the team’s domestic league seasons. At the end of 2014, Montreal, on the outside of the MLS playoff picture, put all of their resources and energy into surviving the group stages and advancing to the knock-out games.
Now, that impressive run culminates in a sold-out match at Montreal’s Stade Olympique. A scoreless draw will give the victory to Montreal, based on the away goals rule, but I have a feeling that there will be goals a plenty in this game. Here’s to hoping we avoid penalties.