Champions League: The final that almost never happened – Montreal Impact recall close call in ACC

Impact "laugh" about CCL final that almost never happened

MEXICO CITY – FC Edmonton fans are still bitter about this.

It was May 14, 2014, and the NASL’s Eddies were about to upset the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo and qualify for the final of the Amway Canadian Championship.

The aggregate scoreline was 4-4, enough for Edmonton to advance on the away goals rule after they won 2-1 at home in the first leg.

But then, deep into stoppage time, Montreal’s Hernan Bernardello took a free kick, Heath Pearce flicked it on and the ball caught the arm of Edmonton’s Kareem Moses.

Champions League: Montreal Impact sense MLS "pulling in one direction" ahead of final

#MLS4Montreal: Impact feel the support of all MLS

MEXICO CITY – As soon as the final whistle blew in Alajuela, the texts, emails and phone calls began clogging the Montreal Impact’s collective inboxes.

Champions League: How bad has it been for MLS teams playing in Mexico?

CCL: Just how bad have MLS teams had it in Mexico?

We know what the Montreal Impact are up against.

Champions League: Montreal Impact confirm sell-out at Olympic Stadium for second leg of final

Impact confirm sell-out at Big O for CCL final second leg vs. Club América

MEXICO CITY – The Big O will officially be packed.

Montreal Impact executive vice-president of soccer operations and Stade Saputo Richard Legendre confirmed Tuesday afternoon that tickets have sold out for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final between Montreal and Club América next Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium.

That means more than 59,000 tickets for the encounter were sold in less than two weeks.

ExtraTime Radio: Montreal Impact's Nigel Reo-Coker previews CCL final | David Ousted on 1st-place 'Caps

ExtraTime Radio: Reo-Coker previews CCL final | Ousted talks 'Caps

ExtraTime Radio - April 20, 2015

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Champions League: Club América say Montreal "deserve our respect," but Club World Cup beckons

Wait, what? Club América already looking ahead to FIFA Club World Cup

As the most successful club in the history of Mexican soccer, Club América are used to success. But the CONCACAF Champions League final is rare air, even for them.

So when the two-leg regional championship against the Montreal Impact kicks off on Wednesday (9 pm ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMás, TVA Sports in Canada, match preview), it will be a chance for América to win their sixth continental title.

Champions League: Away goals? Montreal Impact say they are going for result in first leg vs. Club América

CCL: Impact say they want result, not just away goals vs. América

MEXICO CITY – Shooting for away goals? Not exactly.

The Montreal Impact have needed those goals on the road in this year's CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage. Two tallies in both Pachuca and Alajuela got the Impact through the quarterfinals and the semifinals, leading them to a packed Estadio Azteca and the first leg of the CCL final this Wednesday against Club America (9 pm ET, FS2/UniMás).

Champions League: Sold-out crowd expected at Estadio Azteca for Montreal Impact-América first leg

Sold-out crowd expected at Estadio Azteca for first leg of CCL final

What was already a tough task may have become an absolutely daunting one for the Montreal Impact.

Champions League: Montreal Impact expect Club América's best despite bad weekend loss

América vulnerable? Impact aren't buying Liga MX swoon

Frank Klopas looks off into the distance

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MEXICO CITY – Estadio Azteca is an arena that produces much ilusión. But for the Montreal Impact, there are no illusions.

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