Champions League: Montreal Impact exit unbowed, but admit "it's tough to be so close" to trophy

Impact exit unbowed, but admit "it's tough to be so close" to CCL trophy

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.

Champions League: "No excuses" from threadbare Montreal Impact despite injury crisis's domino effect

CCL: "No excuses" for Montreal despite domino effect from injury crisis

MONTREAL – The Impact were playing a CONCACAF Champions League final. A perfect time to be forced into lineup changes, right?

Champions League: Club América's Moisés Muñoz walks back brash pregame banter, praises Impact

CCL: América's Muñoz walks back pregame banter, praises Impact

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.

Champions League: Montreal Impact say fatigue, disorganization led to eventual collapse in title game

Impact cite fatigue, disorganization in second-half CCL collapse

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.

Champions League: Manager Gustavo Matosas hails “patience and wisdom” of Club América's “lions”

CCL: Matosas hails “patience and wisdom” of América's “lions”

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.

Armchair Analyst: Midnight comes for Montreal Impact in CONCACAF Champions League | Three Things

Analyst: Midnight comes for Impact in CCL final | Three Things

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And another entry for the "that was fun while it lasted" file. The Montreal Impact huffed and puffed, but eventually Club América blew their house down to the tune of 4-2 (5-3 aggregate) on Wednesday night, and now the Liga MX giants are deservedly kings of the confederation.

Montreal Impact 2, Club América 4: CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap

MTL 2, CA 4: América surge crushes Impact dreams in CCL title bout

The Montreal Impact woke up from their CONCACAF Champions League dream about 45 minutes too early.


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Toronto FC set aside rivalry for an evening to back Montreal Impact in Champions League final

TFC set aside rivalry for an evening to back Impact in CCL final

TORONTO – Toronto FC are still buzzing after an away win over Orlando City SC, and that cheery mood turned into goodwill at training Wednesday as players continue preparations for Philadelphia this weekend.

Champions League: After drawing first leg, what does history say about Montreal Impact's chances?

CCL: After first-leg tie, what are Montreal's odds on Wednesday night?

The Montreal Impact got a result in Mexico City. Now they get to come home to play in front of their fans.

Even against Club América, coming home suits the Impact well, but how well is the question. The answer could lie in the history of the CONCACAF Champions League.

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