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MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact didnt even need to step on the field to clinch a spot
11.08.2018, 07:44
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MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact didnt even need to step on the field to clinch a spot
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact didnt even need to step on the field to clinch a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals. Benjamin Mendy France Jersey .The idle Impact advanced to the Champions League knockout stage late Wednesday night after the New York Red Bulls failed to earn a victory in El Salvador in Group-3 action. The 0-0 draw between the Red Bulls and C.D. FAS in Central America means New York cannot catch Montreal in the standings, thus guaranteeing the Impact top spot in the three-team group.As a result, Montreals Olympic Stadium will be awash with blue and white when the Impact play a quarter-final match at home next February, the teams first in six years.To qualify without having to play the last group game shows how much effort we put into it, and the types of performances we put in, said Jack McInerney on Thursday. Its great exposure for the club. Goals were reached last night.Montreal opened its 2014-15 CCL campaign with back-to-back one-goal victories against FAS a€” 1-0 at Saputo Stadium and 3-2 in San Salvadors Estadio Cuscatlan in August. Last week, the Impact defeated a largely inexperienced Red Bulls side 1-0 at home to take a six-point lead atop the group.New Yorks failure to win on Wednesday helped Montreal partly redeem an embarrassing Major League Soccer season. With the Impact (6-17-6) in last place in the Eastern Conference and eliminated from the MLS playoffs, the teams fans have had little to celebrate this season.The promise of February soccer in the city is the years silver lining.Were in the best eight teams in North America, said Marco Di Vaio, who scored four goals in three matches so far in the CCL group stage. Its a big day for the club. In February, theres a big game in the teams history. Its a historic moment for the city and the fans.Although he was instrumental in getting the club to the quarter-finals, Di Vaio will likely play his final game with the Impact next month, and thus miss Februarys CCL showdown.Last week, the 38-year-old strongly suggested he would return to Italy after his contract with the Impact expires in October regardless of Montreals Champions League aspirations. The teams guaranteed spot in the quarter-final has done little to sway the Italian striker.I cant come back just for two games, said Montreals fourth all-time leading goal scorer. This doesnt change anything. If I come back, it will be for the full year, not just two months.The Impact are returning to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2009, when the team was eliminated by Mexicos Santos Laguna 5-4 on aggregate. Montreal was still competing in the lower-tier North American Soccer League at time.After beating teams from Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago in the group stage that year, the Impact were sitting pretty after their first quarter-final leg, a 2-0 victory played in front of more than 55,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium.Impact Academy product Maxim Tissot, who was 17 at the time, remembers the game like it was yesterday. He watched from the Big O grandstands as Impact great Eduardo Sebrango scored twice to give Montreal the victory.The atmosphere was something else, said Tissot, who was playing for Montreals farm team, the Trois-Rivieres Attak, at the time. I remember it well. What a game!Two weeks later, Montreal took a one-goal lead into halftime in Torreon, Mexico, before a stunning second-half meltdown sent the Impact tumbling out of the competition.I thought for sure we would win, said Tissot, now 22 years old. For the guys who watched that game, we dont want a repeat of that. We have to move past the quarter-finals this time with that game in mind.Despite already qualifying for the knockout stage, Montreal still has a lot to play for in its last CCL group stage match against New York at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 22.The eight teams that qualify for the quarter-finals will be seeded according to the number of points accumulated in the group stage. The top-four seeded teams will have the benefit of playing their return leg at home, a luxury not afforded to the Impact squad that conceded five goals in Mexico in 2009.The last game still means a lot, said McInerney, who will likely see his playing time on the rise between now and the end of the season. You can miss some big teams in the next round if we go to New York and get a result. Its definitely on our mind right now.With more group-stage matches still to be played, only three other clubs have secured their place in the quarter-finals. D.C. United, Mexicos Pachuca, and Costa Ricas Herediano could face Montreal in late February and early March. And barring final-game collapses, fellow MLS teams Sporting Kansas City and Portland will also clinch a spot in the quarter-final.With travel time in mind, Impact players are already indicating their preference to face a team in the United States.If you have to travel down south, its going to be tough, said McInerney. An MLS team would be ideal for us. But whether we go to Mexico or D.C., its a big opportunity.Added Tissot: Wed be more comfortable with what we know. We may not want to face Mexican teams because theyre so good. But well be ready in any case.Notes: Montreal will play the first leg of its quarter-final either Feb. 24 or Feb. 25. The return leg will be played either March 3 or March 4. a€| Montreal is representing Canada in this edition of the Champions League after winning the Canadian Championship in June. 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Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a battle between the two World Series teams from last fall. "It just felt great to be back out there," Jay said. "Even better to come through." The Cardinals won their third in a row and fourth in the last five. Boston has lost three in a row. Jay blooped a hit to left off reliever Junichi Tazawa (1-3) to bring in former Red Sox A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run. All-Star reliever Pat Neshek (5-0) picked up the win by striking out the side in the eighth. St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded his NL-leading 35th save in 39 chances. "Today was a big day for us," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "There were great at-bats from everybody." Especially Jay. "I didnt swing at all until today," Jay said. "But it feels good." St. Louis starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa surrendered one run on six hits over six innings. Pierzynski started the winning rally with a two-out hit. He was signed by the Cardinals on July 26 after being released by the Red Sox on July 16. "Everyone wants me to say bad things about the Red Sox and Im not going to do that," Pierzynski said. "Im not bitter about what happened. It just didnt work. I dont have one hard feeling. The only thing is I didnt play well enough. I have nothing but respect for the organization and how they handled everything. I was proud to say I was a Red Sox." Oscar Taveras followed Pierzynskis hit with a single to set the stage for Jay.. Paul Pogba Jersey. "They did a good job of putting the bat on the ball," Boston manager John Farrell said of the Cardinals. "It seemed like Junichi had the eighth inning well in hand with two out, two strikes and nobody on. Three consecutive base hits and that was the difference." WHERE ARE THE CHAMPS? 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