MONTREAL – There’s always next year.
That’s been the familiar refrain from Major League Soccer clubs after every edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, all seven of which have been won by a Mexican team.
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MONTREAL – For the Montreal Impact, Wednesday may have felt like the end, but it's really just the beginning.
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Ce mercredi, l’America Mexico s’est donc imposé à Montréal 2-4 et a remporté la Ligue des champions 2015, après le partage 1-1 lors du match aller de cette finale. Cela n’a pas empêché Montréal de vivre une soirée magique, dont voici cinq aspects marquants d’ordres très divers.
1. Le match
MONTREAL – Patrice Bernier isn’t naïve. He isn’t delusional, either.
Better than anyone, Bernier knows Wednesday night was, barring some sort of miraculous discovery in the field of sports medicine, his first and last opportunity to hoist a cup no Canadian – or MLS player, for that matter – had ever laid fingers on.
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MONTREAL – Moisés Muñoz ruffled some feathers north of the border when he said the Montreal Impact didn’t deserve to be champions after the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final in Mexico City.
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MONTREAL – The most improbable of journeys was almost complete.
Only eight years prior, the Montreal Impact were a second-division team playing in a derelict ‘stadium,’ Centre Claude-Robillard, that they will ditch as their training facility this summer. But here they were at halftime of the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final, leading Club América 2-1 on aggregate, seemingly destined to book a trip to the Club World Cup in Japan.
Club América left it mighty late, considering they were the nailed-on favorites heading into the CONCACAF Champions League final vs. the Montreal Impact.
But according to their manager, it was only a matter of time.
Three goals in a devastating 16-minute span of razor-sharp attacking play in the second half of the championship series second leg were enough to separate the wealthy Mexican outfit from their upstart Canadian adversaries, and claim the region's top club honor with a 4-2 win in Montreal on Wednesday night.