Edmonton heads into Wednesday's clash looking to build on a stunning victory in the opening leg.
A week after getting its first ever win over MLS competition, FC Edmonton will be looking to make new history by advancing to the final of the Amway Canadian Championship.
Standing in the Eddies' way is the Montreal Impact, the struggling MLS side that handed the Albertans their historic victory last Wednesday. Edmonton grabbed a late 2-1 lead after a flubbed clearance attempt by Impact defender Karl Ouimette, and FCE was able to hold out for the result. A win or draw will give Edmonton the aggregate victory in the two-legged semifinal series, but Montreal will have its own history on its side.
Last year, the Impact fell 2-0 in the semifinal's first leg to Toronto FC, but ran rampant at home in the second leg to the tune of a 6-0 victory. Montreal will look to repeat that dramatic turnaround, albeit with a side facing many more issues than last year's version.
Star striker Marco Di Vaio sat out last weekend's league loss to Sporting Kansas City with a hamstring injury, and his status for Wednesday is in doubt. In addition, the Impact have struggled mightily in MLS play this year and appear to be a team lacking in confidence. A win over Edmonton could restore some of that, but the NASL side heads into the contest firmly in the driver's seat.