Impact Get Huge CCL Win

Impact Get Huge CCL Win

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 26, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • CONCACAF Champions League, MLS Expansion, Montreal Expansion, Montreal Impact

I know I forgot to mention the Houston Dynamo’s 1-1 draw in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League game but to be honest I sort of viewed last night’s contest up in Montreal to be a little bigger. We’ve seen Houston in that environment before but not a USL side like Montreal.

In front of a massive record crowd of 55,571 the Montreal Impact downed Mexican side Santos 2-0 thanks to two goals from forward Eduardo Sebrango. The crowd was the largest ever for a CCL game but more importantly it could draw some major attention from MLS front offices again for MLS expansion.

What’s more impressive, the crowd or the result? I kind of think both are equal. To me it show be a major eye opener to MLS that Montreal should have been a major player in the expansion race. The fan base is there and could instantly be ready to go if needed. I can only name a couple MLS clubs that could even come close to that number for a CCL game, and most of those clubs would only draw that number on a weekend.

  • Jason D

    I agree Drew. Said as much on my blog, that there are only a couple of MLS markets where something like we saw last night is possible.<br />
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    As for their expansion hopes, I'm not so sure this pulls them right back into the conversation (Keith Costigan's opinion aside). I think MLS would be great in Montreal, I just think that the extenuating circumstances surrounding the ticket sales for the CCL game and the fact that Saputo wants to subtract the stadium expansion costs from the expansion fee are too large to just go away because 55,000 showed up at Olympic Stadium.

  • ne revs

    I was at the Houston v Atlante game on Tuesday and was very disapointed by the turnout. Not even half the stadium was full and many people left early. Having been to Montreal two times I can say that it is a great city to be in during the summer. MLS would be missing a great opportunity by passing up Montreal.

  • I agree Drew. Said as much on my blog, that there are only a couple of MLS markets where something like we saw last night is possible.

    As for their expansion hopes, I’m not so sure this pulls them right back into the conversation (Keith Costigan’s opinion aside). I think MLS would be great in Montreal, I just think that the extenuating circumstances surrounding the ticket sales for the CCL game and the fact that Saputo wants to subtract the stadium expansion costs from the expansion fee are too large to just go away because 55,000 showed up at Olympic Stadium.

  • ne revs

    I was at the Houston v Atlante game on Tuesday and was very disapointed by the turnout. Not even half the stadium was full and many people left early. Having been to Montreal two times I can say that it is a great city to be in during the summer. MLS would be missing a great opportunity by passing up Montreal.

  • joel es latest socce

    That was a great game. However, that soccer carpet was horrible. If they played all year there, they could win the MLS Cup…..Just kidding. Congrats Montreal

  • That was a great game. However, that soccer carpet was horrible. If they played all year there, they could win the MLS Cup…..Just kidding. Congrats Montreal