2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League Final

Over 61,000 fans were on hand to set a new Canadian soccer attendance record at the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League Final set in Olympic stadium, Montreal, Canada.  

The final was to be disputed between Mexican Liga MX team Club America and Major League soccer team Montreal Impact.   This marked the first time that a Canadian team advanced to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League.   The CONCACAF Champions League is a regional tournament between professional soccer teams where the winner qualifies to participate at the FIFA Club World Cup.

Montreal Impact enjoyed a successful tournament defeating a number of teams en route to the final including CF Pachuca of Mexico and Alajuelense of Costa Rica.  Most remarkably, they held Club America to a 1-1 draw on the first leg of the final played at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City.   Hopes were high for Montreal to become the first Canadian team to win the CONCACAF Champions League.

Montreal Impact started on the right track by taking the lead in the 8th minute on a well worked assist from Ignacio Piatti to Andres Romero for the goal.  Apart from one close range miss by Dario Benedetto, Club America could not advance to position themselves for scoring chances.  The first half ended with Montreal holding on 1-0.

The second half became a different story where Club America came alive and stormed the defense in numbers to generate scoring opportunities.   The tactic proved successful as the team scored 4 consecutive goals, among them a hat trick by Dario Benedetto and another by clutch player Oribe Peralta.  Montreal Impact scored late in the game to end the game with a 4-2 scoreline.

Club America wins their sixth CONCACAF region title and will represent the CONCACAF region at the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup to be played in December at Japan.

Relive the highlights of the game through the slideshow below:

Jaime Espinoza

Captive Camera, Toronto, ON, Canada