A 6-goal differential was necessary for the Montreal Impact to have a chance to stay in the race and to make it past the group stage in the CONCACAF Champions League. With a few squandered chances, a 2-goal lead (with 30+ minutes left ) gave hope to the Impact and its fans. Unfortunately, horrendous refereeing, goal posts and an inefficient attack would doom Montreal.
Within 5 minutes, Montreal scores a goal thanks to Daniele Paponi's , who picks up a shot from Felipe that was blocked. He instinctively volleys in a hard shot that beats Calderon. As the crowd goes wild, hope travels around Stade Saputo and reaches the #IMFC Twitter-Sphere.
Andrew Wenger's goal came 50 minutes later but the Impact had a few chances between both goals. An innefficient forward line would eventually doom Montreal, even though it was positive to see Paponi and Wenger get a few chances at the goal. A good chemistry and flow to the game was established against an obviously weaker Guatemalan club.
Andrew Wenger finds the back of the net when Maxime Tissot finds him among the Heredia defenders. With a player on his back, Wenger chips the ball past Calderon.
Marco Schallibaum went all in when he brought in Marco Di Vaio and Justin Mapp to get as close as possible to a 6-goal differential. Unfortunately, haste and impatience were the ennemies for the evening. A few goal posts could have changed the game and permanently open the floodgates.
It would not happen and it was CD Heredia that almost scored a goal, if it was not for an alert Evan Bush.
CD Heredia has one last game against the San Jose Earthquakes, in what will be a Final in the group stage.
The Montreal Impact has little time to recover and ponder on this elimination as it plays the Chicago Fire , on September 28th at Toyota Park. Can someone say Must-Win yet again?
MTL - Bush (C); Tissot, Lefèvre, Camara, Ouimette; Pisanu, Felipe, Warner, Nyassi; Wenger, Paponi
Subs: Perkins, Brovsky, Smith, Mapp, Arnaud, Romero, Di Vaio
CDH - Calderon, Rafael Gonzalez, Medina (C), Arias, Garcia; Lopez, Velasquez, De Matta, Espinoza; Miranda, Cordoba
Subs: Mendez, Pereira, Guzman, Andrade, De Leon, Guevara, Hernandez
MTL - Paponi 4'
MTL - Wenger 54'
MTL - Felipe 41'
MTL - Tissot 51'
MTL - Paponi 78'