They were one of the worst teams in 2014 and MLS history with just 6 wins in 34 games. However the Montreal Impact did manage to win the Canadian Championship which gave them a spot in the CCL. The 2015 season hasn’t started the way that Frank Klopas would like as they are winless, but with history in sight, they are ok with that. A “cup first, league wins second” mentality.
In just his second year Frank Klopas has the Montreal Impact on the verge of history as he prepares his team to face Club America in one of the most famous soccer venues in North America – Estadio Azteca, a venue that saw the “hand of God” goal.
The Impact’s slogan this year is ‘Marquons l’histoire’ [Let’s make history].
Considering the scheduling difficulties, most MLS clubs are at a disadvantage when it comes to the CCL competition. Even the salaries are dwarfed by the Liga MX. But not Montreal. You see, no MLS team has ever won CCL in its current format.
The only team to ever make it this far was Real Salt Lake in 2011 who lost to Monterrey.
This final should be epic. An estimated 105,000 will be on hand at Azteca, as America fans are hoping their club evens rival Cruz Azul’s record of 6 titles. Meanwhile on the second leg in Montreal, Olympic Stadium is sold out. More than 59,000 tickets were sold, breaking the previous record set in 2012 when the Galaxy and the Impact played to a 1-1 draw.
Montreal’s success is directly attributed to the growth of Major League Soccer. The game is better, the players are better, and the league is obviously better.
Now it’s time to make ‘histoire’