América takes CCL title with late romp in Montreal

image, MLSSoccer.com

by RYAN BRISTER
MLS Beat Writer

The clock struck midnight on another Major League Soccer team’s Cinderella run in the CONCACAF Champions League.

In the 50th minute of Wednesday’s match, the Montreal Impact found themselves in an unlikely position; leading against Mexico’s best in the final. And like so many MLS teams before them, they lost their composure.

What ensued was an ugly 40 minutes for Montreal supporters, and a coronation of Club América as the kings of CONCACAF.

Dario Benedetto, who in the first half managed to hit the crossbar from inside the six-yard box, did not err with the equalizer. Benedetto got his body horizontal in the air and produced enough power with his scissor kick that Kristian Nicht couldn’t stop it. Nicht was purchased on Monday from the Indy Eleven to fill the Impact’s keeper void with Evan Bush suspended. He would be very busy.

With the game and the two-legged tie both level, América pressed on for the win against a shaken Montreal squad. On a ball that looped over Nicht, Oribe Peralta got to the back post first to win the header and put his team in front. That was in the 64th minute; Benedetto pulled out another flying kick to extend the lead just three minutes later. The Argentine completed his hat trick with a comparatively simple turn and finish in the 81st minute.

Jack McInerney scored a consolation goal for Montreal in the waning minutes. More than 61,000 fans attended the match, but many had left by the time he made it 4-2.

América has now won CONCACAF’s club championship on six occasions, this being their first victory under the Champions League format. They become the 10th consecutive Mexican champion of CONCACAF, a streak of continental domination that began with América’s 2006 triumph. In December, they will go to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

 

  • Resguard

    Ha! MLS, you will never get there… maybe… idk… oneday…

  • OpenCupFan

    MLS is bush league.

    Anti-competitive
    They actually manipulate their season schedule to give Montreal weeks off to prepare for this game. Weeks! Not sure if this normal, but haven’t heard of it anywhere else – for Club America, this was their third game in a week.

    Petty
    Not sure if this was just a coincidence, but they never once mention Nicht came from MLS side. They talked about him over and over in the first half, even mentioning at one point he joined the team just says earlier but never mentioned Indy 11. I kept thinking it might be incidental until a little later they gave a role call of the teams he played for – e crept the NASL side Indy 11. Dumb name notwithstanding, Indy should have mentioned at least incidentally. Petty petty petty bush league.