Montreal looks to make Canadian club soccer history

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Montreal looks to make Canadian club soccer history

A Canadian team could make national club soccer history Tuesday night if they can hold their own in Costa Rica.

Montreal Impact, one of Canada’s three Major League Soccer clubs, is 90 minutes away from reaching the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, which would be a first for a Canadian team.


CONCACAF is the region in which Canadian teams play their national and club football, encompassing North and Central Americas and the Caribbean. The local Champions League is a competition between the national winner from each nation.

Montreal's Argentine goalscorer Ignacio Piatti has been a major source of inspiration in the 2014-15 CCL knockout stages.

Montreal’s Argentine goalscorer Ignacio Piatti has been a major source of inspiration in the 2014-15 CCL knockout stages.

Standing in Montreal’s way is Costa Rican champion LD Alajuelense. Montreal holds a 2-0 first leg lead over the home team going in to Tuesday’s tie, having won the first semifinal encounter in Montreal on March 18 at Olympic Stadium.

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Montreal simply needs a 1-0 loss or better in Costa Rica thanks to their first leg edge. Should they advance, the Impact will play for the regional Champions League title, winning which – along with a trophy and the title of the region’s best football club – is also an invitation to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup, where the best teams from around the world compete to be the top club football side on the planet.

Spain’s Real Madrid is the current holder of the Club World Cup trophy. They dropped CONCACAF champion Cruz Azul of Mexico 4-0 in the semifinals of that competition on way to the world title.

Real Madrid players hold up the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Real Madrid beat the CONCACAF champion, Cruz Azul, on way to lifting the 2014 title.

Real Madrid players hold up the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Real Madrid beat the CONCACAF champion, Cruz Azul, on way to lifting the 2014 title.

Toronto FC had also reached the semifinals of the Champions League in the 2011-12 season, then a Canadian first, but no football club from the maple leaf nation has ever made the final.

Montreal made it to the tournament by winning the 2014 Voyageurs Cup, contested between Canada’s top professional soccer clubs.

Tuesday’s match is on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports at 10 p.m. ET.

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