By FRANCO PANIZO
The Montreal Impact needed a six-goal victory over Heredia on Tuesday to keep themselves alive in the CONCACAF Champions League.
They got the victory, but not the six goals.
The Impact were bounced out of the Champions League despite beating CD Heredia, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Tuesday night. Montreal looked to have a chance at pulling off the tough task of winning by six goals against the Guatemalan club when Daniele Paponi opened the scoring in the fourth minute, but ultimately the hosts were not able to muster enough offensively to avoid elimination.
The result leaves the Impact atop Group 5 for now with six points, but that is guaranteed to change after the San Jose Earthquakes and Heredia do battle Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 23. Heredia currently have six points while the Earthquakes have three and a better goal differential than the Impact.
Montreal, who also got a goal from Andrew Wenger on Tuesday, finished its first CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 2-0-2 record. The Impact return to action on Saturday as they visit the Chicago Fire.
What do you think of the Impact being eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League? How do you look back on their CCL campaign? See them bouncing back with a win against Chicago this weekend?
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