Montreal Impact Reach CONCACAF Champions League Final
If you had given Montreal Impact fans the choice, they would likely not have chosen to make history in such dramatic fashion.
Regardless, that was the way the game played out at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto. After winning the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final 2-0 in Montreal, the Impact managed to concede four goals away from home in the second half alone.
They went goal for goal with the hosts - Costa Rican side Alajuelense - in what became an increasingly dramatic game. But thanks to some desperate last-ditch defending and 2 goals from some efficient conversion of chances the Impact head through 4-4 on away goals.
In doing so, they become the first Canadian team to reach the finals of the championship, which features teams from across the top flight of North and Central America.
Haunting this fixture were the ghosts of 2009’s 2nd leg collapse against Mexican side Santos Laguna. Impact had won 2-0 in the first leg, despite not yet being an MLS franchise – comparatively, they were minnows, deep into a competition that typically does not favour North American sides. It was a time when expectations were significantly lower than they are now.
The extra pressure on last night’s fixture only increases the sense of achievement for Montreal, who now move on to face the winner of Herediano vs Club America over two legs on the 22nd and 29th of April.