The Montreal Impact have done it. They’ve made history by becoming the first Canadian club to beat Mexican opposition over two legs in the CONCACAF Champions League as they booked their place in the semifinals of the competition.
Pachuca travelled to Canada to take on Montreal last night in the second-leg of their quarterfinal clash after the first-leg ended 2-2 in Mexico last week. 38,104 supporters were in attendance for the game as the Impact made history in fine style.
Pachuca took the lead on 80 minutes as German Cano slotted a penalty into the bottom left of Evan Bush’s goal after he was fouled in the box by Laurent Ciman.
The Mexican side must have thought they’d done enough but the Impact weren’t reading the same script as rookie Cameron Porter tucked home the equaliser in the 94th minute, sending Montreal through on the away goals rule.
Great look at the Cameron Porter goal (via Montreal Impact on YouTube):
The stadium erupted as Porter wheeled away in celebration with his name instantly stamped into Montreal Impact folklore. The 21-year-old forward was selected in the third round of this year’s MLS SuperDraft and he couldn’t have even dreamed of scoring a goal so important for his first professional club.
The game ended 1-1 with an aggregate score of 3-3 as Montreal became just the second MLS team, after the Seattle Sounders, to beat Mexican opposition in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Highlights of last night’s game (via CONCACAF on YouTube):
Montreal were the worst side in Major League Soccer last season as they finished at the bottom of the Eastern Conference but 2015 is looking a lot better already, before the regular season has even started.
They will now face the winner of tonight’s quarterfinal between Costa Rican side Alajuelense and the only other remaining MLS side, DC United in two weeks’ time.
Alajuelense won the first-leg 5-2 last week and DC United have a real mountain to climb if they are to advance in front of their own fans tonight.
The Montreal Impact live to fight another day and will now have genuine hopes of becoming the first MLS club to lift the CONCACAF Champions League this year.
Huge amounts of praise has been given to the Impact after last night’s incredible achievement and even US Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann enjoyed watching Montreal advance.
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