Hard to believe that a team that was at the bottom of USL league at the beginning of the 2007-08 season could make it all the way to the quarterfinals of the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League competition. But here they are. This competition is the North American, South American and Caribbean equivalent of the European Champions League. The Impact have made it all the way through qualifying to represent Canada (defeating Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps) and then in the next stage of elimination they ended up in second place good enough to qualify for the quarter-finals. Quite a feat!
The Montreal Impact will take part in the first international soccer game taking place in Montreal during the winter. They are meeting a club team from Mexico called Club Santos Laguna in a home and away series. The first game is happening in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium. Despite the dodgy history of the Olympic Stadium and its roof, it does not seem like the facility will pose a problem. The snow accumulation on the heated roof is minimal and it has not stopped the public from buying tickets.
A record-breaking 48,000 tickets have already been sold for the game at the Olympic Stadium, which would be the most tickets sold for a CONCACAF game ever. The Impact are hoping for over 50,000 people to be there and are asking their fans to wear blue to the game. A huge sea of blue will be a great sight for the Impact and an intimidating one for Santos Laguna. This game has all the makings of a historic and exciting one, so make sure you are in attendance.
-Ticket Purchase: www.admission.com or (514) 790-1245
-Ticket Prices: $10, $20, $25, $30, $35
-Game Time: 8:00 p.m.