The Impact Wins But is Eliminated
The Montreal Impact ended its season yesterday despite a 1-0 victory over CD Olimpia in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
Tied 2-2 in total goals, the series went in Olimpia’s favor by virtue of their two away goals in the first game in Montreal in March.
Affected by a reduced squad and amputated by Bojan and Rod Fanni, among others, the Impact really started in the second half, putting a lot of pressure on the Hondurans, who withdrew into their territory to try to defend themselves. without cashing out.
Amar Sejdic took advantage of a poorly cleared ball to beat Edrick Menjivar in the 57th minute to revive the Montreal hopes.
The men Thierry Henry pushed on, but ran out of time as well as being affected by the many rhythm breaks imposed by Olimpia.
Olimpia becomes the first club of
Honduras to reach the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Impact can consider itself lucky to have returned to the locker room with a 0-0 tie at halftime.
The Bleu-Blanc-Noir looked like they were, a rusty team that hadn’t played for almost a month and only started training again less than two weeks ago.
The disjointed game involved far too much technical waste. In this regard, Victor Wanyama unleashed a string of bad passes that put his team in trouble.
Offensively, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir suffered from the inertia of Mason Toye and Orji Okwonkwo, who were almost invisible despite the importance of the duel.
Two hours before the game came the expansion draft for Austin FC, which will join MLS next season.
The Impact was one of the teams at risk of losing a player and failed to protect goalkeeper Clément Diop, defenders Rudy Camacho and Rod Fanni, as well as midfielder Maxi Urruti, among others.
In what looks like a prior agreement between the two clubs, Austin quickly traded his fifth pick, Kamal Miller, to the Impact for $ 225,000 in general allowance in 2021, the 11th pick in the next draft. and an allowance amount
general conditional in 2021.
Miller is a 23-year-old Canadian full-back who played his first two professional seasons with Orlando. He’s a center-back who can also play on the left and fits in with the club’s rejuvenating philosophy.
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