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
MONTREAL – The Impact were playing a CONCACAF Champions League final. A perfect time to be forced into lineup changes, right?
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
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.
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.
The Montreal Impact woke up from their CONCACAF Champions League dream about 45 minutes too early.
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.
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.