Many obstacles, road blocks, challenges have met the Montreal Impact on its difficult road to the promised (continental) land. Last in MLS, after a difficult 2014 season, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir has found haven in the tournaments. Starting with the Canadian Championship, Joey Saputo's club adds another shiny trophy to its armoires.
While trying to find an identity on the pitch in MLS, Frank Klopas' team find some kind of consistency in the group of the CONCACAF Champions League to finish first in its group, ahead of the New York Red Bulls that had MLS playoffs in its mind.
The road would be long, the road would be bumpy but the potential rewards were too big to miss in a competition that put the NASL club on the North American Soccer map back in 2009. After exorcising the Santos Laguna demon , thanks to a quarter-final win over Pachuca, Montreal goes past Alajuelense painfully but heroically.
One more obstacle: Club America. After surviving Estadio Azteca and arguably the best club in CONCACAF, Patrice Bernier and co. come back to Montreal with a precious 1-1 draw.
As the Cinderella story is coming close to an end, we just hope that no matter what, this club gets the respect and love it deserves from 61,004 fans at the Olympic Stadium and from a whole city and province that is just barely getting to know it.
L'Histoire est déjà marqué - History has already been made
Let's dream one more time.