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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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).
What was already a tough task may have become an absolutely daunting one for the Montreal Impact.
MEXICO CITY – Estadio Azteca is an arena that produces much ilusión. But for the Montreal Impact, there are no illusions.