The Montreal Impact made history on Tuesday night thanks to a 94th-minute goal from a little-known rookie named Cameron Porter. Little known no more!
The goal earned the Impact a 1-1 draw at home to Pachuca in the second leg of the Scotiabank Champions League quarterfinal series and carried the MLS side into the semifinals for the first time in club history.
D.C. United vs. Alajuelense
RFK Stadium Washington, D.C.
Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, second leg
Mar. 4, 8 pm ET (Fox Sports 2, Univision Deportes Network)
After witnessing the Montreal Impact pull off an improbable finish on Tuesday night, D.C. United will be hoping to do them one better and cancel out a three-goal deficit against Alajuelense in their own Scotiabank Champions League quarterfinal series.
Champions League: Montreal Impact rookie Cameron Porter parlays hard-earned chance into historic goal
MONTREAL – It doesn’t get more Hail Mary than that.
The Montreal Impact were 3-2 down on aggregate, under a minute remained, and hope was fading. Pachuca had taken the lead on a penalty kick about 10 minutes earlier, stunning the Olympic Stadium crowd.
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact were seconds away from failing in their shot at history.
Then they made it in the most dramatic fashion possible.
MONTREAL – If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
The Montreal Impact’s approach last Tuesday at Pachuca yielded a 2-2 tie that puts them in a strong position going into Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg.
Pachuca were looking to make the most of their home-field advantage, and Montreal were fully aware of that. The Impact soaked up pressure to counter, and they did it well.
PACHUCA, Mexico – The soccer gods intervened again.
Researching the city of Pachuca, Mexico, prior to getting there, I’d developed a healthy fascination with visiting its University of Soccer and Sports Sciences. But no one had responded to my polite emails.
WASHINGTON – Sometime during the build-up to D.C. United’s 5-2 loss to Alajuelense last Thursday in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, D.C. captain Bobby Boswell spent a moment running through worst-case scenarios.
With the Scotiabank Champions League quarterfinals poised for some enticing second legs this week, it’s time to take stock of all four match-ups and how they might play out over the coming days.
Before we dive in, a few notes on how this all works – the away goals rule is in effect for the quarterfinals, meaning that if the aggregate score is even after the second match of the home-and-home series, the team that has scored more goals away from home will go through.
Le Stade olympique de Montréal sera en ébullition ce soir à l’occasion du quart de finale retour de Ligue des champions entre Montréal et Pachuca (20h00 HE, TVA Sports, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet World, Fox Sports 2). Après le partage 2-2 à l’aller, les Québécois sont en position favorable.
Montreal Impact vs. Pachuca
Olympic Stadium - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, 2nd leg
March 3, 8 pm ET (FOX Sports 2-US, Galavision-US; Sportsnet One-CAN, TVA Sports-CAN)