The 2015 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) was a magical run that ended like a nightmare, as Mexican juggernaut Club America was crowned CCL champion in Montreal, lifting the trophy in an empty Olympic Stadium.
That magical run put the Montreal Impact on the North American map for a few weeks. To enjoy the same buzz, here are some ingredients to help other MLS teams go as far as possible in the Champions League, though keeping bragging rights in the 514 is preferable.
Your Focus must be the CCL
If for a moment, your club's ambitions is already focusing on game 3 and 4 out of 34, there are big chances that you will not make it out the quarter-finals. Unless you have a very deep squad and face a weak team in the elimination phase.
There is only Champions League quarter-final, semi-final and final. There are 34 MLS games in a season for each club.
You need a Cameron Porter
Or a Cameron Porter moment.
A magical run needs some magic and a magician. Whether it's a substitution that should not yield much or a hail mary play that comes out of nowhere, the mystical needs to come into play.
Accept the refereeing
If you are used to MLS referees, you should not have any problems with the CONCACAF standards. Just get used to more jersey pulling that will not be called and more. If you take into account that playing a home is a huge advantage, make sure that it works for you and get your players ready for the psychological warfares.
In conclusion, you need to be mentally and physically ready to take a CCL campaign and sprinkle it with some magic..or luck.
New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (potential pre-season game ambience or best game ever)
FC Dallas vs. Arabe Unido
Deportivo Saprissa vs. CF Pachuca
Tigres UANL vs. Pumas UNAM