MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact booked their place in the CONCACAF Champions League by defeating Toronto FC 2-1 on aggreggate in the Canadian Championship final.
After last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg appointment in Toronto, a late goal from Brazilian midfielder Felipe in the return leg at Stade Saputo on Wednesday ensured the Impact's place in the continental tournament.
Impact coach Frank Klopas insisted following the game that the Champions League would be a priority for the Impact, who currently sit at the bottom of the MLS standings.
“We enter something to win it,” Klopas said in the post-game press conference. “When we go the Champions League, it’s the same frame of mind.”
This will be the Impact’s third appearance in the Champions League. In 2009 they reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Mexican giants Santos Laguna.
Montreal qualified for the tournament last year but was eliminated in the first round.
Playing in the tournament last summer proved to be a real stumbling block for the Impact, as they weren’t equipped at the time to play in multiple competitions at once and their league play suffered as a result.
Klopas explained that the depth of the squad may need to be improved to help deal with the heavy schedule that will now await his team in the final months of the season.
“We need to make sure that we have the right depth,” Klopas said. "With the amount of games that we will have to play and the travel, people underestimate that.”
The Impact have been drawn into a group with the New York Red Bulls and CD FAS of El Salvador.
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