In its second participation in the CONCACAF Champions League, since joining MLS in 2012, the Montreal Impact hope to find a light at the end of a dark tunnel. That light seems to be the Champions League as Joey Saputo hopes to see the club, the players and the fans rekindle with the 2009 magical campaign.
Starting the tournament with a win is important for the bleu-blanc-noir as the only Canadian representative after beating Toronto FC in the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship. With the New York Red Bulls being the third opponent in their group, the schedule was setup perfectly for the Montreal.
Even though tonight's adversary is unknown to most observers of the CCL, Frank Klopas must be more concerned on how to re-motivate his players and find the right mix to kick start a tired deflated squad. With his dual role as head coach and ``interim`` sporting director, Klopas has the mandate to field the best team possible every game while building for the 2015 season.
Whether the coaching staff is testing younger players or evaluating which veteran players to keep, decisions needs to be made with the expectations of a competitive team to finish the MLS season. But Is the result that important at this point in the season?
Even though C.D. FAS seems to be quite a weak opponent, what lessons can be learned from a victory at home? Beyond boosting confidence for everyone involved (which is important), can the club , as of now, get out of its short-term mindset and start to build a real philosophy on the pitch? an organizational philosophy and standard?
As much as the CCL seems like the perfect path towards redemption, it's important not to confuse a mirage with an oasis or haven.
2015 has already started.