CONCACAF Champions League: In Loving Memory Of Montreal Impact Soccer

Apr 29, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Montreal Impact goalkeeper Kristian Nicht (30) makes a save against Club America during the first half at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Dearly beloved here on The View From Avalon, we are here tonight to mourn the loss of the Impact de Montreal Football Club of Montreal, Quebec, who died tonight at the hands of Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V of Mexico City, Mexico at the Stade Olympique in Montreal. They were murdered in deserving fashion by Dario Benedetto and Oribe Peralta in the second half of a 4-2 smashing that saw Las Aguilas win 5-3 on aggregate. Jack McInerney, the smug imp that he is, read the last rites in the manner of Father McKenzie on Eleanor Rigby.

Let’s be honest here: this CONCACAF Champions League Final was supposed to be a high-scoring draw with America winning on away goals. Instead, one of the finest 31-minute stretches of football in L’Impact (or rather, Limp Act) history saw the Impact play the type of defense that will get them eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs race in a hurry.

Not like Montreal will even stand a chance in league play, but, to paraphrase Odin Lloyd, “S.O.L., just so you know.” This was an easy victory for Club América, and Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will get to see the Champions of CONCACAF up close this July.

Now if Joey Saputo doesn’t clean up house and fire Frank Klopas for allowing the death of Montreal Impact soccer at the hands of the Liga MX police force known as Club América to happen, there deserves to be some old fashioned rioting because this also means that the Canadiens will not win the Stanley Cup. Got that, Habs fans? Enjoy your run while you can, because you’re not winning that Cup. Anaheim will. Hopefully.

May the  Impact de Montreal Football Club rest in peace. Amen. Hold on, someone’s whispering to me…oh? They have the Canadian Championship and the rest of the league schedule? Well, the View from Avalon will consider the Limp Act dead and buried until a new manager arrives to be the necro…mancer that is and saves them from further irrelevance. That’s the deal. Dismissed, go in peace.

April 18, 2015; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo (18) stops a shot on goal against Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi (8) during the first half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Moving on to Galaxy news, Jaime Penedo will hope that he doesn’t get kicked in the teeth like Kristian Nicht did tonight. What is Nicht even doing playing on the big stage, I wonder? Joe Nasco would put on a more inspiring performance, for the record.

“I think [Penedo]’s settling in now,” associate head coach Dave Sarachan told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “Every year brings on a new challenge, and I think for the most part with Jaime, he’s established some consistency over the last couple of weeks. He’s making the saves that you’d expect a quality goalkeeper to make to keep your team in the game.

“Like any player, there’s things that need to improve, but he works at it all the time. We’re seeing a guy who’s a lot more consistent and keeping us in games when he’s called upon.”

“He does everything better than he did when he came here. Lot of areas,” Arena added. “He comes from a background where goalkeepers really aren’t taught technically, I think, the right way, and it takes a little time.

“I think the game’s a little faster [in MLS] than he was accustomed to. He’s playing in a different style, in a more athletic kind of league, but he’s a good professional and he’s worked hard.”

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